Enhancing Your Mindfulness through Nature and Forest Therapy
What is meant by being mindful? Being mindful is the ability to bring your awareness into the present moment and maintain it there. Some call this consciousness or awareness. For whatever reasons, we find it easier to be in the past or in the future. The present moment is more difficult to hook into. It’s very fluid. Our inner dialogue often gets in the way of being present and focused. Mundane tasks can get in the way of being present too. Especially if the task does not interest us or it’s a task we would rather not be doing. To be in a mindful state all the time is foreign to me. It is, however, something I strive for. Which is the reason I will call it a practice. When you think about it, being in the present is similar to the act of balancing like on a paddle board or walking across a log or slippery rocks. The log, rocks and paddle board can be metaphors for something that holds our attention. Another act that can do that is Nature and Forest Therapy.
Nature and Forest Therapy was designed to build people’s relationship with the natural world. Mindfulness is a fruit of the practice. It can be used as a paddle board, log or rock so to speak. Nature therapy creates a space within nature, a container that can float on the fluidness of the present moment. Where nature then does it’s healing work by holding our attention. If you decide to give Nature and Forest Therapy a try, you will see how the practice has mindfulness as inherent. For example, the pace of Nature Therapy is a pace that slows us down. Yes, there is movement but it is slow. At one time in our culture, slow had negative connotations but with the advent of extreme, unhealthy stress that is changing. To give you some more perspective about mindfulness I have added a link with an article from Rachel Pomerance Berl called, “Why is mindfulness beneficial for your health”.
Article from MNN.com:
Why is mindfulness beneficial for your health?
Practicing focus and acceptance can help with stress and more.