Why mindfulness outside:
Nature is a wonderful healer, research studies show again and again that even brief time spent in nature can activate our parasympathetic nervous system, lowering cortisol – a good sign that we are bringing our minds and bodies to a state of rest and calm.
Doing this regularly has been shown to have wide ranging health benefits, including lowered stress, improved immunity and inflammation levels, better heart health and mood management, to name just a few.
Mindfulness in nature allows us to do two things:
One – We get to use the sights, sounds, smells and textures of our surroundings to focus our minds in the here and now with greater ease.
Two – We begin to develop a deeper connection to nature and the world we live in. Feelings of disconnection are common, modern life, social media, lockdowns, eating supermarket food that we don’t know the source of, busy work and family lives; these things can leave us feeling adrift, isolated and at times hopeless and alone.
Reconnecting to the world we are very much a part of, can aid in, not only alleviating these painful states of being, but actually help us move into deeper states of well being, connectedness, and joy.
What does nature based mindfulness involve?
We will simply take a walk in local nature. Perhaps places you’ve been before.
However, we walk slowly, letting go of any need for speed or rushing past without noticing, this isn’t exercise. I will encourage you to encounter nature mindfully and with time given to the details of your experience. I will offer guidance and teach some simple tools that will aid you in developing a greater sense of you, and the world, being interconnected.
Developing a greater sense of connection to nature can allow us to feel a deeper sense of belonging, of feeling we have a place in the world, it can also encourage is to be more mindful of the resources we use and the impact we have on our planet.
How is my work a little different?
My years working as a psychotherapist informs my nature based mindfulness sessions. I am trauma and mental health aware and sensitive. My work is also informed by neuroscience research, allowing me to offer thoughtful, easy to follow guidance, that is tailored to each individual. These are non prescriptive sessions built for you.
Where do outdoor sessions take place?
In Austria, please enquire for exact locations where we can walk.
What do you need to bring or do?
Very little, but you will need appropriate clothes, especially in cooler weather, we can can very cold when we move slowly. You can bring some tissues and perhaps water.
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For those of you interested in the research behind mindfulness and time spent mindfully in nature see here