Whether stepping outside for a morning walk, lounging on your car or deck, or even sitting by an open the window, having few minutes to connect with nature can help you set a calm, grounded and positive tone for the day ahead. Research shows that when we connect with nature, even for just few minutes, we’re calmer, more centered and positive.
Try this: Step outside in the morning for 5 to 10 minutes with your favorite coffee or tea and just take in nature with your senses. If you aren’t able to be outside, sit near an open window. Notice the feel of the breeze as it brushes past your face. If the scenery isn’t particularly nice, close your eyes and smell the fresh morning air. Listen to the sounds of the birds or leaves rustling in the wind. Let yourself just be in the stillness of your body, breathing, sitting and surrounded by the hum of nature.
Once you’re relaxed, breathe away sleepiness. Breathe away thoughts of your to-do list and take in the freshness of a new day. Let this energy carry you through the day, coloring and shaping your life.
At the end of the day, you might do a short review and see how this morning nature meditation improved your outlook and energy. Welcome to a new day!