by Justin Standfield
No. 3 They notice the beauty of nature.
People who practise mindfulness develop enhanced sensory perception through focussing on the ‘here and now’. When they’re being mindful, they’re essentially slowing down and noticing the simpler things in life; not only does this contribute to the development of a healthy stress-free state, it helps them to reconnect with the world around them. Mindfulness practitioners often undertake either sitting or walking meditation outdoors, which increases their appreciation of the natural world and often inspires them to do more to protect it. The concept of ‘ahimsa’ or non-harming was part of the original philosophy of mindfulness, which many people find relevant today in their aim to live and work in a more sustainable world.
Here at Incendo, we recommend a very good book on mindfulness and nature called ‘Mindfulness & the Natural World: Bringing our Awareness Back to Nature’ by Claire Thompson (Leaping Hare Press, 2013).