Nurturing Nature Connections
What is a Nature Walk?
Nature walks are a great way to enjoy Nature
About this tutorial
Hello! In today’s tutorial, we are going to explore the answer to a a very common question and one I am asked on an almost daily basis – what is a nature walk? So. Are you ready to find out find out what a nature walk is, what exactly you do on a nature walk and what you are meant to look for. Then, let’s get started!
Awareness brings a nature walk to life!
What is a nature walk?
There are various definitions of a nature walk, from gentle, meandering strolls, to strenuous wilderness hikes. But, in each definition, there is something in common – a nature walk, is an enjoyable experience immersed in Nature. An experience, which hones your awareness, tests your knowledge and deepens your Nature connection. Because, at a fundamental level, by doing a nature walk, you are attempting to re-connect with the world around you – to re-connect to Nature.
Walking in Nature grows nature connection
Why is walking in Nature good for you?
Walking in Nature has many benefits in terms of promoting fitness, relaxation and positive mental health. Being in the peace and calm of Nature helps to lower our stress responses – reducing blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol. It can even reduce our awareness of pain. In fact, the more time we spend in Nature, connecting to, enjoying and appreciating her, the happier and more relaxed we feel.
What do you do on a nature walk?
Since the objective of doing a nature walk, is to connect to Nature, in order to have successful and enjoyable nature walk, you need to allow yourself to connect with her… and the way you do that, is through nature awareness. Awareness means, not just looking, but truly seeing; not just listening, but truly hearing; not just sniffing, but truly smelling; and not just touching, but truly feeling.
Are you ready to expand your awareness?
What do you look for on a nature walk?
The way to achieve this, is by being aware of all the many levels and details around you – the different layers of vegetation and all the different animal kingdoms – the sky, the tree canopy, the tree trunks, the shrub layer, the undergrowth, the ground layers – and even signs of life living below the ground; and by noticing not only the trees and plants, but the lichen, moss and fungi growing upon them; the grass and ferns living around them; the insects and birds flitting through their branches; and the animals living among them.
What do you need for a nature walk?
Despite some people exalting magnifying glasses, binoculars and butterfly nets as being essential for an amazing nature walk, in reality, these are superfluous and only needed for focused nature study. As we have seen above, what you do need, are your eyes, ears, nose, fingers, feet, patience and attention. Plus, a willingness to be open-minded, open-hearted and to extend your awareness from your own internal thoughts, out into the world around you.
Ready to expand your awareness?
Where can I do a nature walk?
Nature walks can be done anywhere – city parks, woodlands, meadows, riverbanks, moorlands, hillsides, mountains… even your own back garden. Just look for anywhere with paths that you can reach and have permission to access. Make sure to check a map of the area and the path you intend to take – its length, difficulty and expected duration – and know the colour of your trail’s marker (my husband and I got caught out in the middle of a remote Swedish forest by accidentally following the wrong trail marker…)
Are there any dangers?
The answer to this question, is, it depends. In Ireland and the British Isles, our greatest danger is angry cows. We do have one venomous snake, but adders are shy and would rather run away. Elsewhere in Europe, there are wolves, wild boar and lynx; and some places, have large predators, venomous spiders, scorpions, lizards and snakes. While most of these animals would rather leave you alone, always make sure to research the area you intend to walk in and find out what lives there – and what to do should you encounter them. It is always good to be prepared.
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Enjoy Nature every day!
Much like any skill, great awareness takes practice. But, unlike some skills, it is also really simple. Becoming aware simply involves using and honing all of your senses. This means, using all your senses and directing them to notice your surroundings. So, listening to the sounds of the wind and the water, the insects and birds; feeling the sun, the rain and the breeze; seeing the clouds in the sky, the seeds in the trees, the insects crawling on the forest floor; and feeling the textures of bark and rock and moss… In essence, interacting with and engaging with Nature.