Right now it is raining in California, outside my home, and while the roads are slick, and the skies are grey, the rain and weather in general is such an incredible reminder for us of our every moment connection to something larger than ourselves.
Time in Nature is its Own Anti-Depressant
It has been my experience that spending time in nature is the best anti depressant I know.There is actual a whole branch of psychology called “Ecopsychology” that capitalizes on the profound impact and understanding that when we are in nature, a harmonizing effect happens to our bodies and minds.
Simple Mindfulness Practice
Now for many people, including myself, we live in a busy, bustling city, where nature seems elusive and more like something that is far away and only reserved for when we can step out of our city life and drive to rural destinations. The practice I propose however, is to invite the in between moments in our day to day lives as opportunities to appreciate our ongoing connection to nature. This kind of practice is simple. It is the moment between getting out of the car and into the office when you breath in deeply the clean air after a heavy rain. It is the feeling on your cheek when you open a window and have a gust of wind come and caress you face. It is the sunset on your drive home and the play of colors on the horizon as zip down the freeway.
When we take these small pauses throughout our day to appreciate these moments they begin to accumulate into something greater within ourselves. They build within us a sense of wonder and gratitude. These moments are the subtle, but oh so potent reminders, of the amazing gift that life is.
Through this practice one is reminded of their connection and relationship to their environment, to nature, no matter where they are, no matter what they are doing. For myself, I find an amazing comfort in this. That even when I am alone, away from people, I never feel truly alone, because I am always in relationship with nature.
So my invitation is to find this simple quiet practice of appreciation in the in between moment of our busy daily lives, and begin to notice its impact on how you relate to nature, your self, and to others.