Much of mindfulness practice encourages exploration of the senses, using that beginners’ mind whereby you notice your surroundings with curiosity. And of course, there’s more opportunities to smell, hear, taste, touch, feel and see when you’re trying this outside, as opposed to when you’re sat on the couch.
The more I’ve practised mindfulness over the last few years, the more grateful I’ve felt for the natural world around me; the more I’ve actually noticed it in the first place.
So in that spirit, here’s a beautiful 19th century poem from William Wordsworth. This poem brings to life the beauty of the great outdoors and the way that you can capture it, and call upon it, even when you’re indoors.
As the weekend ensues, be sure to plan some outdoor adventures. You may not find any daffodils, but you might just capture ‘the bliss of solitude’ instead.
by William Wordsworth