Lesson 2 – What is Nature Awareness?
Introduction to this lesson
Hello and welcome to lesson two – What is nature awareness?
In this section, we will discover what nature awareness is and explore why walking with mindful awareness is so important to growing your knowledge and deepening your connection to nature.
What you will learn:
In this masterclass you will learn,
- What nature awareness is
- Why nature awareness is important
- How it can help bring your world to life
- How you can integrate awareness into your daily routine
Nature awareness can bring vibrancy and colour to your daily life – if you learn how to use it. So, are you ready to find out more? Let’s get started!
What is Nature Awareness?
Nature awareness is the ability to open your heart and open your mind to notice all the wonderful things around you – and to be one with the wonderful world around you. It gives you space to breathe, find your calm, discover your inner balance and walk with peace and serenity.
Have you ever been on the road somewhere, or waiting around at a bus stop, and you suddenly realise – the time has simply disappeared and you have no idea how many things you have passed – or how many things have passed you? Imagine how much you could have missed – birdsong, wild flowers, sunbeams, rainbows or butterflies…
Because you were lost inside yourself. Your awareness was directed inside of you. Instead of travelling with awareness, you were decidedly unaware of the world living and growing around you.
What happens when you walk with awareness?
Now, imagine you could walk through the world with your awareness open to the world. By mastering nature awareness, this whole magical world could be yours. The dancing butterflies, the sun-dappled leaves, the scents of wild roses and honeysuckle, the warm, gentle breeze.
Instead of life passing you by, you would be a part of life – beautiful, vibrant and alive. With a smile on your lips and a skip in your step.
By walking with awareness, you turn everything around. Now, you become a part of the landscape you are traveling through. You become a part of Nature. By walking with awareness, you lift the walk from a mere walk into a magical experience. A walk accompanied by birdsong, brightened by butterflies and flowers, touched by sunbeams and raindrops.
Wouldn’t this nature walk experience be so much more enjoyable and rewarding? This is the joy of nature awareness. Are you ready to try it?
Your first field activity
How are you feeling now? Are you excited to try it out? Here is your first field activity.
Your task is to spend at least 5-10 minutes each day practicing mindful awareness, gradually increasing this as you feel more confident. Here are a few ways you can practice and integrate this into your day:
- Spend some time enjoying the sights and sounds from an open window
- Go out and spend time noticing your surroundings in the garden
- Put away your phone and pay attention to your surroundings while waiting at the bus stop
- Move away from mulling your thoughts and give your attention to the world while walking
- Take your lunch outdoors on a bench somewhere and notice what is around you
- Rest your eyes while working by gazing out and observing the sky from your office window