Hello and welcome to episode 16 of grounded in stillness.
Nature, it is all around us. However when do we get the chance to take in the wonders of the natural world.
The plants, trees, birds and animals are all things which would cross our paths on a daily basis. I wonder how often you register them, or maybe the mind is too busy focusing on other things. Instead of that exact moment in time.
This relaxation focuses on nature, how you can become more aware of the smallest things to calm you, to reconnect you to the present.
Find yourself a comfortable position to relax in, be this sitting or laying the choice is yours.
Adjust your shoulders, adjust your hips.
Softly close your eyes.
Allow your breath to be your focus, breathe in, breathe out.
Give yourself permission to let go, for a few moments today.
Enjoy how deeply and slowly you breathe in.
How deeply and slowly you breathe out.
Take all the time in the world to just breathe.
Now imagine you are sitting or laying in a woodland.
The sun shining down on you, warming your skin.
The grass soft and gentle underneath you.
The quietness of the woodland.
You observe the trees and space around you.
The different shades of grass due to shadows from the trees.
The bluebells adding extra colour to the woodland floor.
The sound of birds high in the trees.
You might even be able to see the birds, gently resting on branches.
Give your senses permission to take over.
What can you see?
Rabbits jumping, squirrels moving up and down the trees. Maybe even a little hedgehog curled up, enjoying the sun gently warming its body.
Take your time to look, allow yourself to see all the details of nature.
Because when we allow ourselves to focus completely, we can slow down, we can take our time to enjoy and process.
So anytime you find yourself in nature, be this walking to work or even a few moments outside.
Allow nature to be your focus, to ground you, to help you clear your mind for a few moments.
Enjoy what you see and hear, you might become aware of things you have never seen or heard before.
Take one more deep breath in and deep breath out.
Gently wiggle your fingers and your toes.
Slowly open your eyes.
Thank you for listening.