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There is a powerful, nurturing way to help you manage these aspirations. The NatureConnect Program can help you create a life sustaining practice that enhances your sense of connection and all the benefits this brings. Through regular practice you can experience the mystery and awe of Nature, as captured in the classic poem, Auguries of Innocence:
To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour
NatureConnect is about:
Restoring meaning in a world gone crazy
Coming home to our wider being and family
Touching upon the sacred meanings of life
Engaging the beings and spirits of nature with heart and soul
Connecting with clarity, love and humility the inner and outer landscapes
Aligning with nature's wisdom
The Essence of the NatureConnect Program
The Program is offered in two formats - as a face-to-face guided program in natural areas (primarily in Sydney & the Blue Mountains) and as an on-line training program. It can help you to unlock your potential by cultivating mindfulness, deep perception and heart-based approaches to relating to nature in a profound way that helps you experience a oneness with nature, the sacred. Through the cultivation of a loving, compassionate and contemplative ritual, practiced every week or more frequently, you will develop a mastery of the essential life skills of mindfulness, compassion, reflection, wisdom and higher perspective taking that can be used in your daily living.
To learn more about the f2f and on-line programs, click here
How can NatureConnect help you?
If you have:
then the Program can help you. Give it a try!
TIPS FOR EXPERIENCING CONNECTION
Here are some simple things you can do on your next walk to deepen your sense of connectedness
Before you start your mindful walk, find a quiet space to get your Breathing Space going. Spend a couple of minutes getting your diaphragmatic breathing rhythm going - inhale for 5s, hold for 2s then exhale slowly for 5s. Establish this pattern while becoming aware of your posture, state of mind and intent for practicing. Once you feel settled and breathing deeply, begin your walk.
If you are in a natural, safe and quiet place walking, then walk slowly, in a comfortable rhythm so that you can be mindful of your breathing, your walking and your mind. Do not focus on your surrounds so much as at this stage you are trying to NOT over stimulate the senses so you can maintain inner awareness. Once you have maintained your inner focus and breathing/ walking rhythm then you can begin to reach out perceptually and compassionately to the world.
As you mindfully walk use your senses to explore your surrounds for things that draw you to engage. It can be visual, auditory, tactile or any way. If its something you can easily touch, then position yourself adjacent to it and use your senses with an attitude of openness, compassion and child-like innocence to explore it. Take your time, keep your focus on the nature being while you maintain your mindfulness. See or feel or hear the beauty and wonder in it and be mindful of any feelings that arise. Treasure that subject, treasure this space of sharing before returning to your walk.
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, spiritual leader & peace activist