On Friday 8th May we will be joined by Claire Thompson author of “Mindfulness and the Natural World”.
Claire is a Cambridge-based naturalist who has written this short book on how to gain a better appreciation for the natural world around us through being mindful of it.
The theme is one we promote through Cotswold Natural Mindfulness: we originate in nature, and are still very much part of it. Despite our attempts to think differently the connection goes deeper, to the very heart of who we are.
Join us on our Members walk on the 8th May and meet Claire.
Here is a recent review of Claire’s book:
The challenge is that the busy modern world has changed how we think. The word “nature” itself is unhelpful as it implies an artificial distinction between the natural and the human-influenced. Our minds are capable of creative and abstract thinking, but this often cuts us off from who we are. We seek happiness, see it as a “problem to be solved” but the answers are never ultimately satisfying. And because we have lost touch with nature rather than relating to it, we are exploiting it and destroying it.
What should we do instead? In Buddhist language, seek enlightenment and practice mindfulness, which the author defines as follows: “Enlightenment … is a simple awakening to the nature of life as It is.” “Mindfulness is paying attention, without judgement and with acceptance, to where we are, how we are, what we are feeling, what we are thinking – in the present moment.”
Much of the book provides suggestions as to how to practice this: being aware of ourselves and of nature, taking time to appreciate it, perhaps through art, music or science, and ultimately deepening our relationship with it and love for it. One result of this is that we will treat nature better, or as Aldo Leopold wrote:
We can only be ethical in relation to something that we can feel, understand, love or otherwise have faith in.
It’s a beautiful book in which the author has put plenty of her own personal experience.
The key principle that we should step back from our busy lives, reflect and appreciate our surroundings is a good one.
Perhaps the book is only a reminder of what we already know, but a welcome one to people like me who often seem to get sufficiently stressed about the amount of effort required to “save” our environment that we forget to go and enjoy it!
This book is an excellent companion to our Natural Mindfulness Walks and is ideal for a busy person who loves walking and nature.
This book is a joy because it reminds us just what it is to experience the natural world with your mind and your heart, and with your senses open to the experiences around you.
If you don’t want to leave it to chance and prefer to purchase a copy of the book simply follow the link below:
Ian Banyard is a Natural Mindfulness Life Guide who 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 on their own unique journeys.
To join Ian on his next Natural Mindfulness Walk, learn more about Life Guiding or to get in contact click here
On Social Media?
Remember you can quickly and easily share this content and visit my social media pages by clicking the social media buttons on this site. I look forward to meeting you there.