Why Meditating in Nature?
Find yourself and re-connect you to your senses.
Nothing supports the opening of the heart and mind like the beauty, tranquillity and silence of the natural world. It comes as no surprise to find that this is why so many monasteries and centres for meditation have found for millennia that the human potential to awaken lies with the temple of nature, located within the depths of forests and jungles.
These conditions enhance a state of meditative silence where those participating comment on how the stillness brings about a quiet mind, experiencing a deep presence in the body and a encouraged contemplation of the mystery that life presents.
When we are in nature, we bring a receptive presence to the natural world. It comes alive — and so do we. We no longer look at nature as an inert or pretty object, but as a living and breathing world of mystery and sensitivity, a realm of wisdom and learning that is always whispering its teachings to us.
We can be more wakeful and alert and, at the same time, open, relaxed, and spacious and surrounded by the elements. We start with hearing—being present to the coming and going of sounds (like birdsong, the wind, or waves) but without getting lost in thinking about the source of the sound. Next we include the sense of touch— feeling the earth under our feet, the caress of the breeze on our skin, the prickliness of dry grasses, the tickle of bugs and flies.
Unlike our mind, our body and senses are always in the present. Being present in nature makes it much easier for us to inhabit our body and the realm of the senses. When we step outdoors, our skin receptors enliven as we feel subtleties of temperature and breeze. Our hearing becomes sharper as we listen to nuances of birdsong, silence, and the rustling of leaves in a forest. Most of all, our eyes become captivated by the beauty, texture, and sheer diversity of colour, shape, and form.
Nature nourishes the soul, and the more present we can be to it, the deeper we can drink from her well and, refreshed, bring positive change into the world.