Nature Walk Meditation
Living in the city makes it difficult to regain that much needed connection to nature. For many of us, being in a natural automatically slows down our thought processes and encourages us to take time to notice the beauty around us. In the process, we see the world from a different perspective and recognize that we are all part of something bigger than ourselves.
This exercise follows a similar line of thinking as the previous exercise. Both look to nature to provide a respite from the stresses of daily life. Nature Walk provides a slightly more raw vision which helps encourage that important connection. Some might even call this practice spiritual.
- In a comfortable position, eyes open or shut (whatever you are comfortable with) breathe deeply and slowly from your abdomen.
- Imagine you are walking through a lush forest.
- As you walk, look around yourself. Notice the types of trees. Are their any wildflowers around? What do you smell? Feel the sunshine on your face disappear as you walk into a shaded area. Hear insects buzzing and birds chirping in the distance.
- Notice a clearing up ahead. Hear the sound of trickling water nearby.
- Walk to the clearing and find a small stream of running water. Sit down on the large boulder beside the stream.
- Watch the movement of the water. Notice how the water travels around rocks. It has a flow, a direction. If something stands in its way, it simply finds another route. Then, continues onward.
- Continue the exercise until you feel relaxed and refreshed.