It is true that we are “all in this together” – every one of us has been affected in some way by the impact of Covid-19. However, whilst we are all in this together, it is likely to show in very different ways. Some people say they are enjoying the slower pace of life, with fewer demands on their time, appreciating the opportunity to just sit and maybe learn something new. In contrast, many people describe feeling overwhelmed by the sudden change in routine, the anxiety about how to manage juggling work and home schooling, the sadness about not seeing loved ones and the uncertainty about their futures.
One thing that is certain for all of us is that no matter what situation we are in, we will experience times of joy and happiness and times of sadness and anxiety with the whole rainbow of emotions in between. This is just part of being human.
I’ve found that during this period of lockdown, many people have commented on how they’ve noticed the beauty of nature, that it just keeps on “doing its thing”, not in the slightest affected by the virus and is always there to greet us. We can perhaps find some kind of relief, reassurance and sense of calm if we deliberately spend time each day with nature, soaking in the numerous physical and emotional benefits.
Whether you’re able to go for a walk, spend time in your garden or simply open a window, you could try some of the following:
- Feel the breeze or warmth of the sun on your skin
- Listen to the birds singing, the breeze moving through the branches of trees
- Watch the butterflies, bees and birds flying around in the vast free space
- Pause for a moment and soak in the sights of a newly opened flower, buds on a tree colour of the sky and clouds drifting by
- Breathe in the fresh air, smelling cut grass or blossom on the trees
- If you’re walking, feel the movement of your body, your breath and sense of feeling grounded as you walk on the earth.
- In addition to being present with nature, you could also pause for a moment if you don’t have time or are not well enough to go out and you can use the power of your imagination right where you are. You can choose to place your attention on calming images, such as imagining that you’re listening to the sound of the birds, sitting by a gently flowing stream, walking through a peaceful woodland, whilst gently focussing on the breath and feeling grounded in the body.
You might like to listen to the following guided mountain meditation that also includes a reflection on the wind, sky and sun.