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5 Ways to Connect Deeper to Nature This Spring

March 4, 2016

As we experience the last weeks of winter and see the first blooms beginning to rise, it’s the perfect time to reconnect with nature. 

Spending time in nature can be healing and is known to make a person happier. It also is meditative and can help increase mindfulness.

In the words of Eckhart Tolle: “Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.”

5 Ways to Connect Deeper to Nature This Spring

1. Garden

It’s time to break out your green thumb, garden gloves and get digging. March begins growing season and it’s time to grab a shovel, dirt and plant beets, broccoli (if you live in warm weather), cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, herbs, lettuce, melons, peas, peppers, spinach, summer squash, and more!

Spending time outside around plants is a known stress reliever and can be a mindful exercise that’s known to boost creativity. Better get digging.

2. Take a nature walk/ hike or practice yoga outside

A great way to gain greater connection to nature this season is go outside and walk in it! When the weather gets warm enough, grab your dog, a friend or go outside and get hiking or practicing yoga yourself. Spending more time outside in the sunshine will boost endorphins and is bound to increase happiness.

3. Sink your feet into the dirt outside

Walking around barefoot outside has proven health benefits. For instance, it strengthens and stretches the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your feet, ankles and calves. This helps prevent injury, knee strain and back problems.

In addition, there are reflex points in every part of your body in your feet, so it will give you a reflexology session. Also, walking barefoot in the grass can help decrease anxiety and depression by 62 percent, increasing the levels of feel-good endorphins. Plus, it’s a genuine way to touch the earth.

4. Leave your windows open

Stuck inside? Just opening the window a bit and gazing out at the sun can do the trick. You’ll be able to surround your senses with the sights and smells of the outdoors and you’ll feel a little bit less sad to be stuck indoors.

5. Nap outside

Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and perhaps a good book and curl up on the earth for some nature therapy. Relaxing and restorative, your body and soul will connect deeper to the outdoors and will thank you.

What’s your favorite way to connect to nature in the spring season? Discover our spring retreats to reconnect to the earth. 

Living every single day for the mat, Sara is a yoga teacher, a published yoga writer and storyteller, an innovative yoga marketer, a YOGANONYMOUS editor, and a dedicated yoga student.

Sara strives to live from the connection of her head and her heart and encourages her students and clients to do the same by motivating them to step into their full powerful purpose through the transformational magic of yoga.

When not on the mat, you can find this earth sign hiking up a mountain in the beautiful Boulder, Colo., where she’s based or shredding down a ski hill.