We are nature. Our bodies aren’t separate from the earth. We instinctively know this, although we forget sometimes. We know it feels restorative, calming and healing to spend time in nature – away from roads, buildings, computers, phones, and deadlines.
Give yourself ten or fifteen minutes to enjoy this exercise.
Find a tree or a grassy area. The farther you get from pavement and traffic, the more pleasant it will be. But you don’t need a nature preserve or a park. You can do it with just one tree, or a small patch of grass under the sky.
Sit or lie down next to the tree, or on the grass. Become aware of the earth beneath you. Feel her texture and temperature. Feel her wide, vast presence. Remember how enormous she is, how solid and abiding. Feel gravity connecting you to the earth. You’re a part of her, made of the air, water, and plants that keep you alive.
Let your mind quiet down. Listen to the sounds around you – wind shaking the leaves of your tree, voices of birds, water, people. Spend time with the clouds.
It only takes a short time to befriend a tree. Nature heals us because it doesn’t want anything from us, and it shows us the ease of simply being.
Come back and write me a note about what you noticed!