We move through life fast. Being rooted to the moment is when we pause, watch, listen and feel. We see, hear and notice more in nature and feel calmer and more positive. This blog is home to a series of moments just like that.
Nature has always fascinated me. From the flow of a river to the night sky, I would look on in wonder. I have also been fortunate enough to visit some beautiful places across the world.
But like many of you who may have found this blog, I live in the city, I work at a desk, and life feels fast - too fast. It can often be stressful. Its difficult to maintain perspective, be calm and be relaxed. And without those things it can be difficult to be happy.
So I explored meditation and mindfulness as a way to counteract those effects. And I found it powerful. It gave me more natural concentration and awoke my senses. Soon I realised this also allowed me to enjoy more of the nature within reach. Be that a small nature reserve in the city or a big, remote forest. I heard more, saw more, felt more, tasted and smelt more. It was fantastic! A richer experience. And I felt calmer, more relaxed and gained perspective.
It turns out there is significant and mounting evidence to show that time spent in green or blue spaces can really help our mental health and reduce stress, anxiety, depression and other symptoms. (More on that to come.)
Nature and mindfulness go naturally together. I am no mindfulness expert but as I explore this further, I encourage you to join me. Get out, find a place to be rooted in the moment and, if you feel so inclined, I'd be delighted to hear about it!