A walk in nature can give you the small dose of wilderness you need to refresh your spirit. Whether you see nature walks as a time for introspection or a chance to learn more about wildlife, simply make the most of your stroll into the wilderness.
Nature walk your way to sanity.
Does a hectic life leave you distracted or anxious? Nature walks are a great way to soothe your mind. and rebalance your body. The best way to enjoy nature walks is to take your time. An ideal pace lets you appreciate nature’s tranquility and subtle gifts while still getting some exercise. I have a simple exercise I use called Staying in breath – there is a video explaining how to do it on this page.
Walking in the woods can actually increase your ability to focus and concentrate if you can shut out the chatter and walk mindfully.
If you find it difficult to switch off your thoughts just try these tips for reconnecting to nature and tuning out chatter:
- Listen closely to birds and insects, the wind moving past different leaves, and the sounds of earth underfoot.
- Go alone or remain silent. Talking makes it difficult to tune in to nature.
- Draw all your senses to one thing – a tree, a flower, a rock. Pay attention to how it looks, smells and feels.
- Teaching children through nature walks. Nature walks present rare opportunities for first-hand learning and can be thrilling for kids. Bring a camera to photograph species your children can later identify. Take time to look under rocks and logs. Go bug hunting. Bring a basic field guide – so you can learn together about the birds, butterflies, plants and other wildlife you see.
- Join me on a Cotswold Natural Mindfulness Walk some time soon.
…enjoy the journey!
Ian Banyard is a Nature Connection Guide and author of Natural Mindfulness – your personal guide to the healing power of nature connection. He is passionate about exploring nature and empowering people. Ian combines a wealth of knowledge and experience from his personal and corporate life with intuitive and instinctive insights from his own inner journey, to guide others.
Ian lives in Gloucestershire, UK where he guides Natural Mindfulness Walks and provides coaching, courses, gatherings and retreats, for others who want to deepen their connection with nature and their true nature.
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