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You are a part of nature
When you are out in nature, are you truly experiencing the experience of being in nature and being a part of nature... or are you going through the motions, stuck in your head and oblivious to your surroundings?
We had a really interesting conversation the other day about being grounded and about being present, and how important it is for us to be connected in nature and aware of our surroundings, so that we can be calm and focused and able to do things like meditate. And then once we are able to meditate, to therefore then experience the benefits that being able to meditate can bring.
Whatever it is that we are doing outside - watching the kids play sport, going for a walk, hanging the clothes on the line - how often are we actually aware of the fact that we are out in nature?
Feeling the solid earth under our feet, the sand or the grass between our toes, the rain on our skin, the breath of wind on our neck and noticing what direction it comes from, feeling the hot sun on our body, hearing the sound of the birds, smelling the flowers, watching a bee flying languidly through the sky, or tracing the course of a butterfly?
How often do we pause and simply watch the clouds changing shape above us, the way the trees and the leaves move in the wind, to be aware of the evolution of a flower over the course of a couple of weeks?
I think often we think that we need to make a special trip somewhere to experience the experience of being in nature - going to the beach, driving to the mountains, or to wait until we are on holidays or in some tropical and exotic destination to get our nature fix.
But nature is everywhere all around us all the time - even in the middle of the city, even in the middle of the suburbs.
We just seem to be too busy most of the time, rushing from here to there, listening to music or podcasts or talking or worrying about what we have to do next or looking at our phone, or ruminating over something so much, that we are rarely present to it and never fully connected in it.
Let's let every day be the day we can experience ourselves as part of nature, and to ground ourselves in this experience.
We just need to be aware of and present in our surroundings, to pause, to look for the beauty, to see life, to breathe in deeply and to know that we are connected to it all and a part of it all.
By the way - The Happiness Hunter walks are a great way to plug back in to nature, to get some exercise and to be part of a great community. All are welcome. You can find your nearest walk here.
Fiona Redding is the founder of The Happiness Hunter, co-host of #BusinessAddicts The Podcast and author of The Happiness Hunter’s Guide to Meditation.
Based on leading research, metaphysical principles and her own real life learnings and experiences, The Happiness Hunter will teach and empower you to change your life with the strategies, tools and mindset shifts required to live an abundant, successful and healthy life, full of passion, joy and meaning, and free of stress and anxiety.
Our services include life coaching and healing services, a 3 month online Bootcamp, workshops, retreats, keynote presentations and corporate wellbeing programs with a focus on life integration instead of work life balance.
The Happiness Hunter also organises free community walks and weekly classes throughout Australia in an effort to increase happiness & wellbeing through human connection, nature and exercise, which is supported by a leadership network.