Connecting with Nature Through Our Senses

Refer back to the post “Nature Exercises” to understand what this post is all about.

Today’s nature exercise is all about trees.

Feel the tree, smell the tree, be the tree – learning through our senses to connect with nature.

Now some of the exercises may be a little weird at first but I’m being open minded.

I need to find a tree I like or that I’m “attracted to”.

So I’ve come to my neighborhood park where there’s plenty of trees to choice from.

Here’s my pick –

Birch Tree

I asked permission from the tree to be there.

This felt a little funny at first but I didn’t get a bad feeling.

In fact, I actually started feeling good.

Now it’s time to feel the tree, smell the tree and listen to the tree.

And if I really want to go out on a limb, 🙂  Be the tree.

Tina with her feet against the tree

I took my shoes off to really get a sense of how it felt. I also put my cheek up against the trunk.

It felt rough, like how I was feeling – a little rough around the edges.

But once I sat down to write about my connection to this tree, I started to feel calm and that roughness I was feeling earlier started fading away.

I wrote – quiet – colors – peaceful – unplugged – balance – harmony – getting away.

Drawings of the benefits of the tree

This drawing (I know, I can’t draw) and the words I wrote reflected how I was feeling sitting under this gorgeous tree.

The tree was providing shade on this hot day and helping me to relax.

I loved this exercise!

I thanked the tree and gave it a name – Birch (because I think it’s a birch tree ?)

Now every time I walk through the park I say Hi to Birch.

I know, it sounds a little crazy but I truly feel a connection to this tree and have no problem talking to her.

Here’s a few more options for you to try.

  • Be the tree. “Study how it stands and use your sense of body in space to become the tree”. That’ s from the book Naturography.
  • You could write a poem about the tree using the words you used to describe the tree earlier.
  • You could also draw the tree you’re sitting under or trace a leaf or other objects you find under the tree.
  • Identity the tree, do you know what kind it is?If not, take a picture of the tree and look it up once you get home.

Pick whatever helps you make a connection to the tree.

By getting in tune with your senses in nature you become more aware and develop a better understanding of yourself, your surroundings, the world.

OK, now it’s your turn. Go find a tree to sit under and do this exercise.

Let me know in the comments below would love to hear all about it.

P.S. Recommended reading – Naturography 

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