Today’s world is tumultuous, and with global conflicts, increased violence, and growing distrust in the media, finding moments of inner peace and healing is more crucial than ever. One profound way to navigate this challenging landscape is through meditating in nature. It’s easy to harmonize the calming effects of meditation with the therapeutic embrace of the natural world.
Meditating in nature offers a welcome respite from the anxiety-inducing news cycles and constant unsettling global challenges. It provides a much-needed escape from the cacophony of information, allowing us to disconnect for brief periods from the stream of disheartening events and reconnect with the healing energy of nature and our connection to earth and all living things.
Like a therapeutic embrace, meditating in nature offers the chance to reconnect on a deep, soothing level.
Nature provides a sanctuary where one can seek solace, rejuvenation, and a sense of balance. The gentle rustling of leaves, the rhythmic flow of water, and the clean, crisp air, the vastness of the stars and planets, and the warmth of sun on the face and skin all create unique atmospheres of serenity and present moment awareness that can be ideal for meditation.
Practicing meditation in natural landscapes can effectively reduce stress, anxiety and fear-based thinking. Research shows that spending time in natural settings can lower blood pressure, decrease cortisol levels, and bolster the immune system. Meditating in nature also contributes to mental and emotional well-being. It can elevate mood, foster feelings of contentment, and alleviate symptoms of depression.
As you can see, mother nature applies a much-needed balm for our turbulent times. It reminds us of where we come from and where we will all return to, which can help us put our thoughts, beliefs and actions in perspective. The profound beauty and sometimes awe-inspiring experience of nature encourages feelings of wonder and gratitude that can help us shift from a state of disempowerment, to one of clarity and self-growth by opening our mind naturally.
Here are 3 wonderful guided meditations to practice in nature:
Mindful Walking- 12 min
Breathe: Physical Release- 5 min
Affirming Calm & Peace- 10 min
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Jessica Crow helps people harness the power of meditation and mindfulness to change their lives and the lives of others for the better through practical classes and courses for the everyday practitioner, teacher trainings, and personalized mentorship.
Check out her book 'The Power of Guided Meditation', published by Fair Winds Press and her New On Demand Course 'The Power of Guided Meditation' or anyone who wants to harness the power of meditation in their own lives.