Mindfulness: Nature Walk

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Bindertwine Trail

Every Sunday morning (and sometimes during the week) I enjoy taking a mindfulness walk through nature and I always feel invigorated afterwords. Actually the feeling lasts for a few days, therefore I find it perfect for starting off the week.

If you just take a moment to see some of the photos I took along the way, you will see how beautiful and magnificent nature is. Please keep mind that the photos do not even come close to capturing the full extent or richness of this beauty.

What is a mindfulness nature walk and how can it benefit you? Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in the moment. It is the practice of being fully aware of your surroundings and your senses including your thoughts and feelings. Most of us lead busy lifestyles which are full of responsibilities, distractions and stress. A mindfulness walk in nature will help you to unwind and bring clarity to your life. Reconnecting and spending time with nature is food for your body, mind and spirit.

The following is an excerpt from the David Suzuki Foundation website:

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Bindertwine Trail in Kleinburg

Taking time to walk mindfully in nature offers more benefits than most of us may realize.  Toronto’s Dr. Marc Berman of the Rotman Research Institute has been studying the effects of nature on the human brain.  The David Suzuki Foundation’s interview of Berman shared that a 50-minute walk in nature can improve memory by about 20 percent, whereas walking in an urban environment fails to improve memory.

If you click and read the interview with Dr. Berman, you will see that nature walks are proving to have healing effects on children with ADHD, older adults, recovery from surgery and cancer. What’s even more astonishing is that these effects still occurred when the subjects did not like going for walks in nature. However, I believe once a person becomes in tune with their physical, mental and spiritual senses, they will enjoy every second they spend in nature. When I first take people out on a mindfulness nature walk, they often express that they cannot believe how incredible it feels.

If nature is not a regular part of your life then I highly recommend you make the time and effort to change that. Try it once a week for a month and I promise you will immediately feel the benefits.

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Humber River in Kleinburg

Would you like to join me in some mindfulness nature walks? I offer several programs (one-on-one or groups) where you can learn exactly how to take full advantage of nature’s healing and invigorating energies. In addition to the mindfulness walking, I will take you through a series of meditative exercises which I developed to support the habits in my book. Once completed, you will leave with many tools for de-stressing, re-energizing and enriching your life. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in registering or learning more about these mindfulness walks in nature programs.

Also, if you wish to learn more about mindfulness, I cover this topic in greater detail in my book One Habit At A Time. Get your hard copy or e-copy today!

 

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