This morning I was listening to a radio interview with Dan Pearson, a now massively famous and amazing gardener. He has been inspired to garden since he was a child. He was saying that he thought gardens were so important because they give people the room and freedom to get some head space. It struck me how true this is.
I find going into the great outdoors a brilliant way to be mindful. Whatever the weather it brings me back to the moment. This morning I ran in the rain and the feel of the water on my face and the mud on my legs as I splashed through puddles made me feel really alive. Taking the time to notice those sensations made me feel totally aware of where I was and what I was doing. I got home and jumped in the shower and the contrast of the warm water after the cool of the rain was another amazing sensation.
Each day when you leave your house, whether to venture into your own garden or out into the world, commit to standing still for just a moment. Take a deep breath and take in the weather. Notice any sensations that you feel. It might be the wind on your face, the warmth of the sunshine on your skin or even the sense of stillness.
Just by taking the time to stop and notice the weather you bring yourself back to the moment. Being present in the moment is what mindfulness is all about. When you are present with what you are doing, feeling and seeing you are no longer worrying about the past or planning the future. Your mind is still and focussed rather than running riot.
Of course at first you might forget, but don’t beat yourself up. The instant you remember simply stop and notice the weather for a moment. The great thing about mindfulness is that the next moment is always another opportunity to have another go. The great thing about the weather is that there is always something to pay attention to.
Come on a Revitalise day to get inspired to make your life more mindful. Sometimes a few practical tips are all you need to get you started.