Spending time outdoors is generally seen as a good thing, with claims that it can
- help lower blood pressure and de-stress us
- combat tiredness, anxiety and depression
- reduce inflammation, and even
- improve short-term memory.
Here is an interesting article making such claims – and more.
And I for one have had a weekend in the outdoors and I feel the better for it.
As well as general health benefits, being in the outdoors also offers an opportunity to raise our awareness of our own state. As we look, we may find a glimpse of the natural world holds a mirror on how we are physically, emotionally or spiritually.
Take a look outside, even if it just from a window or a doorway – or, if you can, take a walk. What do you see that reveals something of your internal world?
This is Mindful Monday on 20 August 2018.
If you live in or near Cheltenham, join Sara Shailer and Julie Hill for an evening of mindfulness – in the outdoors – this coming week on Tuesday 21 August, 7 pm to 8.30 pm.
The theme is ‘the gallery of the outdoors’. There is no charge or donation for this event (as we have no room hire cost!). Just get in touch for details of the location – and so that we know how many of us are gathering.