One of the most supportive things you can do for your wellbeing is to enjoy the healing power of nature.
‘… during difficult times we should endeavour to stay close to one simple thing in nature. When the mind is festering with trouble or the heart torn, we can find healing among the silence of mountains or fields, or listen to the simple, steadying rhythm of waves. The slowness and the stillness gradually take us over. Our breathing deepens and our hearts calm and our hungers relent. When serenity is restored, new perspectives open to us and difficulty can begin to seem like an invitation to new growth.’
From ‘Divine Beauty’ by John O’Donohue
The healing power of nature
This is such simple advice but so true.
Even if you are looking out of your window onto April showers, there is still a calming simplicity to be felt from the subtle sound. Springtime can be quite attention-seeking with huge frothy blossoms on trees and swathes of colour from bluebells or tulips. Not to mention the incredible cacophony of birdsong at dawn!
Each of the seasons offer their own riches. Humans are naturally drawn to go outside and enjoy the starry night skies, the vast oceans, mountains, rivers, woodland.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.
From ‘The Mountains of California’ by John Muir
Whatever part of nature captures your attention, go out into it. Rest your eyes or ears upon it. Give yourself the chance to be soothed, healed and quietly joyous.
Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Coach
Updated blog post first published 7 April 2014