Photo by Margarita.

Spring is a fabulous time of the year…

… for noticing the changes and enduring transformations in nature, paying attention to how everything is constantly changing and rebirthing.

Satisfaction comes not from chasing bigger and bigger things but from paying attention to smaller and smaller things. Arthur Brooks

With close attention, we can see that the extraordinary can be found in every moment of our unfathomable and ordinary lives.
We can reflect on our attitude towards change as we walk and observe the natural environment around us:
*How open am I to change the aspects of myself and my mindset that are no longer helpful for my growth and evolution?
*What contributes to resisting exploring and adventuring into possibly new aspects of myself? Is it fear? Is it grief? Old beliefs and fixated ideas? Is it greed? Or pride?
*How can I make the changes that will bring me closer to what truly matters to me and those I care for and love?

The benefits of mindful walks.

Mindful walks are shown to steady our heart rate, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress-inducing hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Walking meditation is an ancient restorative practice. Below are some ideas for you to try:
*Walk a little slower than usual.
*Breath easily and deeply.
*Say “Left” as you put your left foot down and “Right” as you put your right foot down.
*Say “in” on the in-breath and “out” on the out-breath.
*Sync your steps with your breath by closing your lips and using your nose to inhale slowly from your belly, and count to four as you breathe in, filling the lungs. Hold the air in your lungs while you silently count from one to two, then slowly release the air through your mouth as you count from one to six.
*Repeat a mantra or a word that brings a state of well-being and calmness, such as ‘right here, right now,’ ‘live with ease,’ or ‘peace.’
*Stop and pay full attention to anything in your surroundings that bring a sense of awe and connection.