Connect with Nature: a Fun Outdoor Exercise
A sense of deep connection with nature is our birthright but, alas, we all too often lose that sense in the busy-ness of our daily lives.
Here is a simple activity that will appeal to your inner child and help you to feel the connection again. Often, the simple act of changing our perspective–the way we see things, and the angles and directions from which we view them–is all it takes to bring us closer to nature. And Spring is the perfect time to do a little exploration of the different ways of seeing a scene outdoors. It only takes a few minutes, and itís great, refreshing fun!
Find a natural setting that feels comfortable and welcoming, and then see how many different angles you can view it from. Once youíve settled and feel aligned, move around in as many ways as you can think of. Sit in the center of the space and face outwards in different directions. Lie on the ground and look up at the sky. Face the trunk of a tree and stare at the bark. Sit in its branches and look down toward the ground. Lean your head back and look at the trees upside down. Sit in the open, beneath a bush, stand up, lie down, crouch on all fours. How do your perceptions change from place to place? How do you think the other organisms around you see the same place?
Adapted from The Findhorn Book of Connecting with Nature, by John R. Stowe (Findhorn Press, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by John R. Stowe. Reprinted by permission of Findhorn Press.
Adapted from The Findhorn Book of Connecting with Nature, by John R. Stowe (Findhorn Press, 2003).