The days are getting longer and warmer and Spring is just around the corner. The season of new growth is nearly upon us and it’s a wonderful opportunity for us all to spend more time outside. Being outside has a very positive effect on our well – being. Seeing new plants and blossoms appear is very uplifting and we will be focusing on planting and growth the rest of this term.
Gardening cultivates the mind as much as it does the earth. It’s a very good way of feeling calm and connected to your surroundings. Go outside and close your eyes, take a deep breath in and listen, feel the warmth of the day on your skin. How does it feel? What do you hear? Describe how your surroundings smell.
Listen to this music. What words can you use to describe how it makes you feel? Close your eyes. Where does your imagination take you when you listen? What images do you see with your eyes closed?
Beautiful Relaxing Music Pachelbel Forest Garden
Try these Mindfulness activities when you next go outside.
- Blowing on leaves
Blow leaves off the palm of your hand. Do different leaves need a different breath to blow them off?
- Anchoring to sounds
Listen for the subtle sounds of nature. It might be wind in the trees or the chirping of a bird. How do these different sounds make you feel? Do you feel differently when you’re in different places like the park or when you can hear traffic?
- Mindful eating
Plant something in a pot that you will be able to eat. How does it feel when you are putting seeds into soil? How do you feel thinking about your plant growing?
Listen to the music again and practise these yoga positions.
Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.
Take care and stay safe,
Love from the Nursery and Reception Teams xxx