Early spring! When the world around us can feel the subtle change in temperature as the sun spends more time and energy in our region on Earth! This is a magical yet short-lived moment and I would like to make a couple of suggestions to help you connect to this magical moment.
Below you'll find two activities which I suggest doing in order for the first time. After the first time you do these activities, make a point of doing one or the other whenever you can make the time.
Each activity can take as little as 2 minutes, but give yourself as much time as you can.
I'm posting this on April 10 after snow accumulation in the northern region of Metro-Detroit! In the morning I took pictures of budding plants in snow and in the evening, the snow having melted, I paid attention to activity on the ground. It may look like winter but soon the evidence around you will be more apparent. Let's concentrate on the subtle changeover from winter into spring.
Connect to nature with sound, scent, sight, and touch
Connecting to the process of the natural world around you, make sure you are dressed for warmth and take a moment to step outside. Walk towards the first plant pulls your attention, particularly one that will be blooming with petals or leaves in the near future. Make physical contact with plant. If it's a tree, for example, hold a branch, gently touch a bud, or bring your palms or bare feet (if you can bare it!) to its trunk.
As you maintain this physical contact with the plant, close your eyes and feel the air around you on your skin. Move your attention to your skin meeting the plant's surface and experience the sensation.
Chemically and therefore physically the plant is changing and there is some evidence of that. Feel the movement of this process, perhaps in your imagination or perhaps physically. Feel the evidence of the changing plant. Imagine the life force that moves the plant in this process. Just be here for a moment.
Bring your attention to the sounds around you. Move your attention from the sounds around you to the plant. Focus on the plant's process at this time and begin to hear, perhaps in your imagination, the sounds of this process. Listen to the evidence. Just be here for a moment.
Before you open your eyes, pay attention to the scent of the plant and draw it into your body. Experience the scent as evidence that this plant is changing. Be here for a moment.
When you're ready, open your eyes and only focus on the part of the plant itself that meets your skin. Examine that part of the plant and look for the smallest detail. From that point, let your vision open up to the local area on the plant itself that you are connecting with. Begin to open up more of your vision and visit other parts of the plant, looking closely at the stem or bark, the leaf or the bud. See the evidence of the changing plant as you move around it and examine. Be here for a moment.
Connect internally with nature