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A Year of Mindfulness: Notice The Trees

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As we ended the month of April, we were asked to be mindful of entering new spaces. The focus of this practice was to increase our awareness of leaving one space and entering another; something that we rarely pay attention to as we tend to move quickly from one space to another.

How did you do with this practice? I failed. Dr. Bays said it was one of the hardest mindfulness practices and it is indeed. I rarely found myself pausing while leaving one room and entering another. Dr. Bays comments in her book that one reason this practice is so hard is that as we leave one room, our mind moves ahead toward the future, moving into the next room and what we will do in that new room. It happens so quickly that we aren’t even aware of it.

This Week’s Mindfulness Practice: Notice the Trees

Doesn’t this sound like a wonderful practice? This week we are asked to notice trees; their shape, their texture, height and foliage. Don’t analyze the trees. Appreciate the trees. If you don’t have trees where you live, notice the grass, the cacti, or the bushes.

What is the point of this practice? To become aware of our interconnectedness with trees, nature, and the environment. Trees are part of life. They provide shade, shelter, and filter air. You might even have a favorite tree to sit under, to climb, or perhaps it holds a swing.

I remember how much it hurt to see the tree damage that occurred from the early snow storm last October. The broken, snapped and twisted branches. And yet, this spring, many of those same trees sprouted new leaves and flowered as if nothing had ever happened. Now that’s resilience.

So this week, notice the trees when you look out your window, when you walk or drive.

Reflection:  There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. -Minnie Aumonier

I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues. -Dr Seuss (The Lorax)

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2 thoughts on “A Year of Mindfulness: Notice The Trees

  1. I like this week’s mindfulness practice, Amy, as I love to look at trees, especially at this time of year when they’re putting out their flowers and leaves. Such pretty colors everywhere! We recently had a tree taken down at my house and even though it was dead and desperately needed to come down, I still feel its loss keenly, as you felt after that storm. I failed at last week’s practice, too. I find that I move too quickly from one space to the next and often find myself in the middle of a space wondering what the heck I’m doing there, lol. Thanks for sharing these practices!

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying these practices Karen. I really respond to some of them and others are much more difficult. Being mindful and present is a lifelong practice for sure!

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