Finding Peace in Nature
The simple answer is to “be in it.” But I guess when I reflect on that idea, I realise that it’s taken me half a lifetime to understand what the phrase means.
At that point I made a commitment to myself to spend time in green space every day.
We then tune into what we can feel. Sometimes we notice what is going on inside our bodies, but often I explore what the ground feels like under my feet, or the feel of the bark of a tree or the texture of moss or grass under my fingers. Both sound and touch bring me very much into the present moment. Lastly, we explore smell. I sometimes love to get my head right down to the ground to smell the earth or grass. The purpose of all of these examinations of sensory experience is to bring otherwise “unimportant” stimuli to our attention, and to create, feel, or learn something positive from it.
The way I find happiness in nature is to really be in it with all my senses regularly. It is an invitation I extend to you. Get out, slow down and notice, that is where the joy is to be had.
Happily married with two grown-up children.
Founder of Fresh Air Fridays
Co-Author of Two books:
Fresh Air Fridays Simple Life Changing Ideas
Our Journey with Anorexia: How a parent can be part of their child’s recovery