Studies are confirming what many people already know from direct experience; that spending time in nature is both relaxing and restorative. It seems, however, that many people don’t spend nearly as much time in nature as they would ideally like. While nothing beats the real thing, the use of visualisation is a simple yet incredibly powerful way of experiencing many of the same benefits.
Bringing to mind a place in nature that is particularly evocative and peaceful for you is a very powerful way of accessing inner peace. By imagining a place you associate with feeling calm and peaceful you immediately begin to feel calm and peaceful. Described below is an exercise, based on Ian Gawler’s ‘Quiet Place’ exercise, outlined in his extremely interesting and illuminating book ‘The Mind That Changes Everything’. Why not try it for yourself! [Read more…]