Refer back to the post“Fun Mindfulness – 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 –
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.
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.
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