Noticing nature can cause feelings of awe, wonder and soft fascination. This exercise creates changes in your body that reduce stress and increase connection.
Step 1: Start by finding a space where you feel comfortable and safe (sit or stand).
Step 2: Take in some free oxygen from the trees. Breathe slowly in through your nose for a count of four and out through your mouth for a count of four. Repeat three times.
Step 3: Notice how things feel from where you are, the feeling of sunlight or wind on your skin. Become aware of the smells around you or carried in on the wind.
Step 4: Look at all the colours you see in what is alive around you. Pick one you like and saviour it.
Step 5: Listen to the natural sounds around you. What is the quietest sound you can hear?
Step 6: Look up at the clouds. Release any tension in your face as you take in the sky.
Step 7: Place one hand on your heart and one on your belly. Notice how your body responds to this position. Stay here for at least a minute. Imagine your feet growing roots into the ground.
Step 8: Look around for something flying. Imagine how things look from 20 metres up.
Step 9: Now, notice something smaller than your thumb. Attend to all the details of it. Thank it in your mind for catching your eye.
Step 10: Finally, notice how nature doesn’t judge. It just is. Enjoy your time with nature as long as you like!