The prospect of lockdown in these colder and wetter month’s feels a harder prospect to how it was at the end of March.
We had months of sun shine and sitting in the garden and feeling the sun on our skin. This next period, the days are shorter, colder and damper.
Spending time in nature is going to make a huge difference to our wellbeing.
The practice of Shinrin Yoku ( translates to Forest bathing) is a term coined in Japan in the 1980s. Japan was fast becoming a tech based economy and authorities noticed a sharp spike in auto immune diseases and cancers. They looked at ways that could change this spike. Japans natural landscape is approx. 70 % forests. So they asked the simple question of how it would be if people returned to spending more time within this nature. In these studies and research they found that the phytoncides, the aroma that trees give out when under attack, help to boost our immune system
Most of the human existence has been spent within nature. We have not been in our urban society long enough to evolve away from the co existence with nature that we still need and crave. We were never designed to be so disconnected to mother nature as we are today. Research studies of earthing show that this disconnection has been the cause of many diseases including inflammation and arthritis.
Ultimately spending time with nature is about deepening our connection with nature and the more than human world, its about remembering and rekindling the relationships that are within us and also with our outer world.
As a thought, its worth thinking about what other beings you may be sharing that space with too.
The longer you spend in nature, the better it seems to feel. Often people state after spending this time, that they feel calmer, have more clarity and feels like coming home.
Once I settle in to the environment it often feels like everything within is softening. The tension is just melting away. A release valve has been opened and it feels just ahhhh.
I have my favourite places to sit, away from the human world. Here it feels so safe, supported and almost hidden away and yet open to so much to see.
I notice the intricacy of each leaf and the squirrel playing in the tree, And how the breeze moves the surface of the water and how the light glimmers through.
There is so much beauty that we often fail to see, as we are so busy rushing around we don’t get time to pause to see. The sense of texture, sound and smell can all be heightened.
And when I have been there for a while, I feel my whole body relaxed, my breathing is slower and I feel refreshed, mellow and calm.
I wonder if you can remember how both sides of a leaf feels – right now, can you recall that texture? Or when was the last time you actually paused for a few moments to touch one, notice how it looks, the detail within its veins?
I would encourage you to experience this for yourself, no agenda, not going out to try and achieve anything. Just see if you can spend a half hour or so in your garden or out in a natural environment. Simply to notice whats there, whats going on around you.
I would love to hear how you get on too.
Best wishes for now