Walking in nature is a great way to relax and connect with the outdoors. But have you ever tried mindful walking? It’s a simple yet powerful way to engage with nature on a deeper level and cultivate a sense of peace and tranquility within yourself. Here’s how to take a mindful walk in nature together, to make the most of your time in the French countryside
1. Find A Quiet Spot
The first step in mindful walking is finding a quiet spot in nature. This could be a walk in the meadow, following magical village treasure trails (Crozon-Sur-Vauvre has 3!), a secluded track in the local nature park or a peaceful path around a nearby lake. It’s important to find a place where you can be present and undisturbed by distractions.
2. Set an Intention
Take a few moments to set an intention for your walk. This could be to simply enjoy each other’s company, tp connect with nature, a way to unplug for a while away from mobile devices, or to let go of any worries or stresses.
3. Take A Deep Breath
Once you’ve found your quiet spot, take a deep breath and exhale slowly. This helps to calm your mind and focus your attention on the present moment.
4. Walk Slowly
Take it Slow. As you start to walk, take slow and deliberate steps. Pay attention to how your feet feel on the ground and the sensations in your body as you move. Choose whether to wear shoes or go barefoot for an enhanced sensory experience (depending on the terrain!).
5. Observe Your Surroundings
As you walk, observe your surroundings. Notice the colours, shapes, and textures of the natural world around you. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the environment.
6. Engage Your Senses
Engage your senses as you walk. Listen to the sound of the wind rustling through the leaves, the birds singing in the trees or the sound of a babbling brook. Will you spot some deer before they spot you? Feel the sun on your skin or the cool breeze on your face. Smell the fresh air and the scents of the plants and flowers around you.
7. Be Present with Each Other
Use this time to be fully present with each other. Connect through conversation or simply enjoy each other’s company in silence. Let go of any thoughts or distractions that arise and focus on the experience of walking in nature. Leave phones behind or switch to airplane mode & keep buried in your pocket!
8. Express Gratitude
Before you finish your mindful walk, take a moment to express gratitude for each other and the experience of being in nature together. Reflect on the beauty and wonder of nature and the sense of calm and peace it brings to your mind and body.
Reap The Benefits Of Mindful Walking In Nature
By practicing mindful walking in nature as a couple, you can deepen your connection with each other and with the natural world around you. So, take the time to slow down, breathe deeply, and enjoy the beauty of nature together. Whether you’re glamping in the French countryside or taking a stroll in your local park, try incorporating these steps into your next walk and see how it enhances your experience.