a small creek flowing downhill with moss covered stepping stones

The Sundry Sun Issue #2 - Nature Immersion

“You should sit in nature for 20 minutes a day…Unless you’re busy, then you should sit for an hour."

Shift your awareness to the grass, bushes and trees.
Notice how they move in the breeze.
Do you hear the rustling of the blades of grass, or branches and leaves of the trees?
Stop a moment and run your hand over the grass, leaves or tree bark.
Do you feel the energy they have?
The more often you do this the more attuned you'll become.
I'm always filled with awe and joy when I pay closer attention to the plants. I like to do this especially when I need to calm my mind or heart.

Nature Immersion

     Nature immersion, also known as forest bathing or Shinrin-yoku, is a practice that involves spending time in nature to promote physical and mental well-being. The practice originated in Japan in the 1980s and has since gained popularity around the world.

     Studies have shown that spending time in nature can lower levels of
stress hormones, reduce blood pressure and heart rate, and improve mood and cognitive function. Nature immersion has also been linked to improved immune function and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.

     There are many ways to practice nature immersion. Some people prefer to simply take a walk in a park or forest, while others may engage in activities such as birdwatching, gardening, or camping. The key is to be fully present in the natural environment and engage all of your senses.

     To practice nature immersion, find a quiet place in nature where you
can sit or walk slowly without distractions. Take deep breaths and focus on the sounds, smells, and sensations around you. Notice the colors and textures of the plants and trees, and pay attention to the movement of the wildlife.

     The benefits of nature immersion are not limited to physical and
mental health. Spending time in nature can also foster a sense of
connection to the natural world and increase feelings of gratitude and awe.

     In our modern, technology-driven world, it can be easy to lose touch
with nature. By making a conscious effort to immerse ourselves in the natural world, we can reap the many benefits that nature has to offer and lead happier, healthier lives.

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