Clear Your Mind With These 5 Tips
Going on a camping trip? Make sure to take advantage of the opportunity to connect with mother nature. Here are a few ways of doing that.
One of the best ways to connect with nature is to meditate out in the open. Far away from the distractions of human life and the noise and pollution of the city, you can open up your mind to the universe and explore the vast possibilities that lie in your mind.
Passive meditation is when you silently focus your brain on a specific object; it’s what crystal gazers do to reflect the clarity of the crystal back onto their brain. Nature is full of things to meditate on.
Meditating on a clear stretch of snow works even in the winter. Snow, when clear and clean, has a whiteness that calms you down and clears your mind. Gazing at a vast stretch of whiteness will reflect that whiteness back to your brain.
If it’s raining, you can meditate on the rain. Rain has a soft pit-pat type of sound. Focusing your mind on listening to the rain’s rhythm will bring you a sense of calm and peace.
Gazing at the sun is a no-no, because of the damage it will cause to your eyes. However, you can still use the sun to meditate. Close your eyes and let the sunshine warm up your face and body. (Wear sunscreen to protect your skin.) Just as with a hot bath, the surrounding heat will envelop your senses and slow down the mad rush of your thoughts. You can also gaze at the sunshine as it shines on the trees or through a haze of fog after a night’s rain.
On a clear day, gaze at the blueness of the sky. The clarity of the sky will reflect back on your thoughts. Gazing at a lush expanse of a green meadow is another way to bring you a sense of euphoria.
Use Trees to Connect With Nature
Trees present many opportunities to connect with nature. Sit underneath a beautiful tree and stare straight up. Better yet, do this while lying down on the lush grass underneath. Do nothing besides gazing at the green leaves and the sunshine that lights them up. Watch how they move gently in the wind; let your mind relax.
Focus your entire concentration on the amazing scents the tree and its leaves or fruits give off. Breath in, breath out. Let it overwhelm your senses; let yourself be astonished by its pleasantness.
Don’t be ashamed to hug the tree (there’s nobody to see you do it, anyways). Hugging a tree has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety and improve your mind and brain. Not only do you connect with nature through all of your senses, trees give off positive vibrations that help improve your wellbeing.
If you’re more of the agile and adventurous type, join the birds and the squirrels. Climb up a tree and get yourself rested in one of its branches. Gaze up at the sky above you and take in the green around you. Stare down and ahead at the vast expanse of lush green grass.
In the fall, leaves turn into a beautiful multi-color painting, making it a great time to take a walk and admire this beauty while you feel the crunch of fallen leaves under your feet and the chill in the air.
Gaze at the Stars
When out camping, take advantage of the opportunity and start doing some stargazing. While in the city, the light pollution won’t allow you to see all of the natural stars that you’re able to see out in the open, far away from civilization.
You can get started by just lying down on the grass at night and staring up at the beautiful canopy above. If it’s chilly outside, cover the ground with a blanket and yourself with another. Without the city lights, you’ll see thousands of stars and perhaps even shooting stars, constellations, and planets.
To be able to see even better, use a good pair of binoculars. Don’t bother getting a telescope if you’re new to stargazing; you’re probably just going to spend too much time trying to figure out how to use it.
If you have an internet connection, go online and take a look at a sky map. Find out which space bodies will appear in your area, and take some time finding out how to identify them. You can also do this in a library before you set out on your trip. Print out a map and take it with you, if possible.
When out at night, you’re going to need to take a flashlight with you so that you can see where you’re going. A small safety kit with some food and drink is also a good idea. Make sure to take some mosquito repellent to protect yourself from bites.
Go Camping With a Pet
What better way to connect with nature than by going out in the open with your beloved nature friend? Whether you own a dog or a cat, or even some other sort of pet, you don’t have to leave them behind when heading out. However, you’re going to have to make sure that you’re both prepared for this adventure.
If you’re going camping, you sometimes will want to be alone and interact with nature only, not other humans. Pets aren’t human; they’re pure nature but will still keep you from being lonely. However, you’re going to have to make sure that you’re both prepared for this adventure.
Your pet needs food to survive, and that food needs to be the same thing it eats every day, in the same amount. Pack up enough for your cat or dog to eat, and make sure to pack extra, just in case.
Your pet needs water as well, and no, it should not drink from ponds and streams that can have dangerous bacteria; if you wouldn’t drink from it, neither should your pet. Pack plenty of fresh bottled water for both of you. And, of course, you’ll need to pack your pet’s litter. Your little furry friend may not be comfortable taking care of its needs in the woods.
Before heading out, take your cat or dog to a vet. Tell the vet what you’ll be doing and where you’ll be going, so that your pet can be examined and be given any shots and protections it needs. When heading out, fit your pet with LED lights so that you can easily find it if it heads out at night.
Each pet will react differently to a camping experience. Even adventurous cats and dogs will be intimidated by their new surroundings and may take some time to adjust to them. Don’t have too much fun at your pet’s expense; a short hike is okay, but a two-hour mountain climb is probably too much.
Listen to Nature’s Music
Unplug your iPod’s earbuds from your ears. You have the opportunity to listen to natural music — namely, the chirping of the birds.
Once you start listening to the birds, you’ll be able to spend hours just enjoying the dazzling variety of their sounds. Try to identify which birds make which sounds, and see if you can figure out patterns and whether two birds are communicating with each other. Or, just sit back and relax and listen to nature’s music.
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