Spring is a time of ephemeral beauty. Lovely, yet fleeting. Before you know it, the delicate blossoms have faded, erupting into a sea of green. This week, I invite you to indulge in some nature therapy. Take a moment to notice and appreciate this special time of budding blossoms and rebirth.
You’ve probably heard about or perhaps even witnessed Japan’s spectacular cherry blossom bloom, known as Sakura. The Japanese have a lovely tradition that coincides with the spring season called Hanami, which translates to “contemplate the flowers.” It’s a time of cultivating and deepening attention for this special time, enjoying the transient beauty of flowers.
Take a stroll through your neighborhood, a favorite local park, or botanical garden. Notice the flowers and take a few moments to examine them closely. Pay attention to the shape and texture of each bloom that captures your eye. Does it have a scent? Do you hear the bees buzzing around or birds chirping? Before you pull out your phone to snap a pic, try to capture the details in your mind. Study the flower as if you were going to draw it. If you’re into nature journaling, you might want to sketch your observations and notes.
As always, take time to acknowledge what you’re noticing. Share your observations or feelings with a family member or friend, or jot down your thoughts in a journal.
Tree hugs and kisses!
About the Author
Kelly Bruce is a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide/Trail Consultant and the founder of Natural Wanders. She leads forest bathing and nature therapy walks in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Subscribe to her e-newsletter for more inspiration from nature and to learn about upcoming walks, workshops and retreats. Each Wednesday, she’ll provide inspiration to help you wander into wellness, naturally. In the meantime, follow along on Instagram and Facebook.
Photography by @zailaffitte. This article originally appeared in The Swell Life, the official blog of Portfolio Vero Beach Magazine.
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