Natural Mindfulness is 'letting Nature in'
but what does this mean exactly?
To me, it means look, listen and feel. It's March so we're used to looking out for the first flowers that appear in spring: lesser celandines:
I can't switch off my thinking but I can diorect it to the spontaneous events that are happening all around me while walking in nature. Like the emergence of a Comma butterfly from hibernation.
I find listening especially helpful. So I walk slowly, I pause but not in a self-conscious way; I listen for ten seconds and I'm constantly asking myself:
"What's special and different today?"
I can't see them but I can hear nuthatches and jackdaws, a buzzard flies overhead. These are the kind of things that make me glad to be alive.
Seasons change imperceptibly but every day reveals more preparations for the season ahead.
Today I heard fieldfares and song thrushes together. These two members of the thrush family overlap but soon the fieldfares will be migrating back to Norway and Sweden to nest.
So today I heard woodpeckers drumming, a typical sound that belongs to British springtime:
That greater spotted woodpecker has found a particularly resonant tree which he's using to announce his presence to females and other males.
Look, listen and feel and it's different every day.