The following is a guest post by Bianca Browne, a certified children's mindfulness and meditation facilitator who offers classes and workshops in Cape Town, South Africa.
Mindfulness and nature. For me, the two go hand in hand. There is something about being in nature that encourages me to pause and be still.
Maybe it is the abundance of fresh air.
Maybe it is that wonderful, earthy smell.
Maybe it is the soothing sounds of nature.
Maybe it is an awakening of all my senses that helps me to be present in the moment.
All I know is that nature is my go-to place to find the calm within.
It is for this reason that I run my “My Parent and Me!” mindfulness workshops in our nearby forest whenever possible.
Recently we had a wonderful workshop in the forest with the focal point being the river. Despite the severe drought in Cape Town at the moment, the river was still flowing gently. What a privilege to be able to sit on its banks and listen to the soft, soothing sound of the flowing water.
“I breathe slowly in, I breathe slowly out.
My breath is a river of peace. I am here in the world.
Each moment I can breathe and be.”
~ from “Breathe and Be” by Kate Coombs.