Mindful Monday; My Commitment
The weather this weekend was AMAZING here – it felt like summer! Of course I spent every moment I could outside soaking it in. While outside exploring new trails, I began thinking about what I wanted to share with all of you for Mindful Monday. So many ideas swirled in my head as I checked in with my body on how it was feeling after such a rollercoaster of a week. It was then that I was reminded that nature is my sanctuary and it heals me. In that moment, I made a commitment to myself that I would be better about getting outside in nature everyday – even for just five minutes, no matter the weather.
Nature As A Practice
I am not alone in using nature to heal, reconnect, and realign. It is a practice used by culture all over the world, so there must be truth in that. Regardless of what science and sociology tell us, I know for myself it has a profound impact on my mental and physical health. I needed to be reminded to prioritize that, especially when I am feeling the most resistant to it. When we allow ourselves to be fully present in nature, it works wonders – studies have shown it to lower blood pressure, help heal cancer, and lower symptoms of anxiety and depression. That is incredible – why are we not taking full advantage of something that is free and accessible to us all?
How To Make The Most of Your Practice
- Make it a consistent habit. Commit to getting outside everyday, or as often as you feel comfortable with to begin.
- Begin each outdoor session with a deep breath and setting your intention. Do you want to reach an exercise goal? Or need to clear your head? Do you want to refocus? Whatever it is that is most needed by you in that moment is what you should focus on.
- Be fully present. Do not allow your mind to drift into all the to do lists or anxiety producing thoughts that keep you stuck. Observe those thoughts, and let them pass without allowing them to take up space.
- Observe with all your senses – what do you see? Smell? Hear? Feel? Taste? Allow yourself to feel awe with the beauty of the nature around you.
- Continue to practice deep breathing – even as your exercise ramps up, be sure to use your nose for breathing, not your mouth.
- Check in with your body. How are you feeling? Any parts that need some extra care and attention that you have been neglecting in your day to day stress?
- Re-enter your day with a renewed sense of purpose and connection.
What Is Your Commitment?
While my healing and connection happen in nature, I realize that we are all unique. Perhaps there is a practice you have been neglecting that needs to be prioritized once again for you to be your best self. Commit to doing that practice – not only with yourself, but here as well. Share with us what you are promising to yourself. Keep it simple and achievable, we want to be successful. I know I can always find 5 minutes to get outside and be with nature, no matter what the weather. So my commitment is a minimum of 5 minutes every 24 hours. I will let you know how it goes, and I look forward to hearing how your commitment goes as well!
With Love & Gratitude,