is it like to participate in a nature connection walk?
first step on our walk is to arrive, and this means more than ‘getting there’.
We fully arrive by taking time to notice and connect to the place we are
in, our bodies
and our senses.
Then for 15 minutes,
we walk slowly while silently noticing what is in motion in setting we are
in. (There is always movement, even when things seem perfectly
still, both externally and inside our bodies!).
Next we start to make friends with the natural setting we are in, greeting
and building relationship with the beings around us, such as trees, stones,
butterflies, ladybirds, streams … anything that draws our attention and
seems to have a message for us.
The next step on the walk is to find a sit spot. This is a very simple,
yet powerful practice. It is one of the best methods of nature connection,
healing, cultivating awareness of self and others, and deepening relationships
with the more-than-human world.
The longer you sit, the more you notice. You may sit for fifteen minutes before
you realize tiny flowers are growing right in front of you. It may be twenty
minutes before the shy hare moves into a clearing to get a better sniff of
the human with the unusually still behavior. In the relative stillness, an
inner stillness also emerges; when it does, the other beings in the area may
respond by making themselves more readily known.
The final part
of the walk is about giving something back. Reciprocity increases awareness
of the many ways in which we are connected with the more-than-human
world. It supports the development of relationships.
We remember the things or beings we had a special connection with. Either silently
or quietly speaking we name the being/thing and acknowledge what we have received
from it for example, “Here is a stream, which has shared refreshment
and places to splash and play.”
We make an offering. This could be a gesture or a song or even a written note
concealed in the earth or a lock of hair tied to the branch of a tree. We give
space for our intuition and imagination to reveal the right offering.
To close we take time to sit, drink tea and share our experiences and anything
that came up for us during the walk.
up here for inspiration from Landa and to find out more about
attending one of her nature connection walks