Have you ever taken a walk in nature and felt a profound sense of peace, as if just buy being among the trees you were able to release your stress, tension, and anxiety? In the past few weeks, I've been exploring a deeper sense of connectedness and energy that I tap into sometimes, in the world outside my home. Last month I was inspired by an article I read on Medium.com and some of Kyle Cease's videos on YouTube.
Since then, I have been exploring the richness of the experience I can have just by feeling into the space around me. Though most of the time, I am at home, I have noticed that I experience more profound, and sometimes more soothing moments when I do venture outside.
What's in the Space?
Have you ever thought about what's in the space around you?
There is something vibrant and alive connecting everything - us to each other, us to the trees, the trees to each other, etc.
Let's try an experiment...
A Walk in Nature
Imagine walking through those trees in the first picture and immediately feeling free of all stress, tension, anxiety or any other bothersome feelings or negative energy.
Breathe slowly and deeply, and just let it all go. Spend some time really feeling into what that walk would be like.
Exploring the Space Where You Are
Now, bring that relaxation back into the room you're in, and close your eyes. Once they are closed, notice your body breathing. Just notice it.
If thoughts come to you, imagine them floating right on by you. And then go back to your breathing.
Next, I want you to listen to the sounds around you. Coming from anywhere in the room you're in.
Now imagine the space that the sounds are in. And hone in on the space around you.
See if you feel at all connected to it. Stay as you are for a minute or so and notice what you notice about what you feel.
Be the observer for a moment, as you tune in.
What Did You Experience?
This experiment blended guidance from Kyle Cease and a mindfulness exercise I found in that article I mentioned. The article is about effortless mindfulness and I highly recommend that you read it and try that exercise. You can find it here - mindfulness article.
I tried both suggestions separately. In Kyle's exercise, you're just noticing what you feel.
And after really getting quiet and still, I felt love in the space around me. And a deeper connection than I usually feel.
When I did the mindfulness exercise, and got to the part where the awareness notices the one who is aware, I felt like I was lifting up and going into the space, and even becoming the space.
I felt like I was unembodied. And I had this sense that I was so much more than I think I am.
I'd love to know what your experience was like with either exercise.
See you next time!