We live a challenging and changing world where the overall pace of life has increased by 10% worldwide since the mid-90's. In some places, it has increased by 20% to 30%. Our environment, life styles and technological advances has created a collective sense of urgency in our day to day life. The immediacy of communication has informed our time perception. At present, ‘now' has become the new yesterday. As a result, we are left time-crunched, stressed, and overwhelmed. Despite the rise in stress-induced illness, we continue to pound the path in a furious race to our imaginary finish line.
This holiday season, take time out to slow down and spend some time with nature, fill your life with ease, fresh air and sunshine, let your heart sing out, give it time and space to let the clouds part and the sun to shine through.
Below is a simple and effective form of nature meditation with trees, try it out, your mind body and soul will be grateful to you for it. Do it with passion with your heart and soul in it, adding heart translates into increased care and genuine connection with nature and others and harmonizes the resistance between our own mind and heart. Adding heart in everything we do is especially about practicing kindness and compassion, along with forgiveness and latitude in our interactions and to ourselves. Adding heart increases the love flowing through our system, which can play a large part in solving the collective challenges of these transitional times.
Trees are the largest and most spiritually advance plants on earth. They are constantly in meditation and peaceful energy flow. As you connect with trees and develop a relationship with them, they can help you open your energy channels and cultivate calm, presences, coherence, vitality and healing.
The best trees for this nature meditation are large trees well grounded. There are certain methods to approaching, interacting with, retreating from and taking leave of a tree, to create a ritual of communication that you and the tree can understand. We will not cover that here, we will go straight into the simplified practice.
- Once you have chosen your tree, move gently towards it, stand approximately two feet in front of the tree, feel the field of energy from the tree, extent our arms out towards the tree with your palms facing the tree and fingers extended. Stand in this position with your eyes closed or open feel the flow of energy around you and between the tree and you, breath normally. Do this for 5 mins.
- Then move forward slowly and wrap your arms around the tree in a big hug, feel your radiant energies unite and lose yourself for a few moments in this bliss of union. Stay in this position for 5 mins.
- When you are ready gently move back feel at ease and thank the tree and give gratitude to whatever you want to.
Enjoy life and all the best for 2019 to your health and happiness.