Of course we are already one with nature. That’s how we got here in the first place. But we are very good at acting as separate beings. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in fact space and isolation can be amazing for allowing new inspiration and creative ideas to flow. But feeling our connection with all of life can do wonders for expanding our minds too.
We may experience this connection spontaneously when our surroundings and state of mind are just right. Perhaps we are visiting an amazing waterfall, or are relaxed at the end of a day spent in a very beautiful and peaceful place. In these kinds of circumstances we are very open, and are able to feel the external world in a profound way.
We can also consciously choose to cultivate this connection. It may be as simple as intentionally creating situations for ourselves that are conducive to experiencing the natural world on a deeper level. Planning to do something we don’t normally do, such as snorkeling, or visiting a new place can really open us up to a stronger connection with nature.
As always, remembering our intention is the most important thing. When we are in the water, or up in the mountains we have to remember why we are there. We are choosing to FEEL our surroundings as part of ourselves.
A calm mind and heart are essential ingredients, so meditating with nature can be the perfect way to deepen our bond. Find a rock, tree, river or anything you choose to focus on. You can tune into the object with your hands, whole body or whatever feels right for you.
Stay relaxed, with your eyes open or closed. Embrace the object with your heart, and feel its subtle qualities wash over you. It doesn’t matter if you feel nothing whatsoever. Quieting your mind enough to try, and being out in nature, will bring benefits regardless of the outcome.
With a commitment to this practice, you will inevitably be able to feel more of the world around you. There is no rush, as it is a beautiful never-ending process of falling in love with the universe, and uncovering its treasures.
Do you find it easier to connect with one aspect of nature more than any other? Do you already feel a deep bond with your environment, and how do you nurture this bond? Let me know in the comments below ♡.