Most of us can’t connect with friends and family over the Easter weekend this year. That can feel pretty disappointing. As will cancelled holidays abroad for those who can afford it and planned to get away for the longer school break. But the weather in the part of the UK where I live is glorious and there still is an opportunity for us to spend time with nature (that other-than-human life force around you), even in the heart of the city. We can go for a walk as our once daily quota for exercise outdoors and look to the air, the sky, the birds, the woods, the water for spiritual renewal.
Take the time on at least one day to walk slowly, breathe deeply, allow your body to relax. Let yourself become aware of what’s around you. Pay attention to your senses as you walk and try this simple, mindful exercise: look out for 5 things you see, 4 things you hear, 3 things you feel, 2 things you smell, 1 thing you taste. If you keep a journal, take it with you, find a quiet spot to sit for a moment and record what you’ve noticed and how you feel. Or write it down when you get home.
Being in nature is good for our wellbeing, so whatever part of nature that you can reach where you are, however small, I invite you to move outside to greet it this weekend.