The Natural Mindfulness Leaf Exercise
Choose a leaf from somewhere.
This is best during the autumn/fall season as the colours are outstanding and leaves are in abundance.
It does not matter what type of leaf it is or what it looks like. Any leaf is okay.
Next hold the leaf in your hand and let your attention be absorbed by it.
Really look closely at it. Notice the things about its physical characteristics. Turn it over and around and follow the patterns and form.
Describe it to yourself like you are daydreaming.
Notice the colours, textures, and shapes without judging them as bad or good, unpleasant or pleasant, beautiful or ugly.
Resist any urge to think about or assess the leaf. Simply observe it for what it is.
Do this mindfulness exercise for as long as you can. Every time you notice your mind has wandered, simply draw it back to the exercise with gentleness.
Aim for observing the leaf for 5 minutes without your mind wandering…
…and enjoy the moments 🙂
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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.
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