Finding mindfulness in nature : simple meditation practices to connect with the natural world / Dr Nina Smiley with David Harp.
Finding mindfulness in nature explores how a mindfulness practice which incorporates nature can help readers to feel calmer and more centred. This book offers practical mindfulness based exercises based on inspirational quotes about nature and the natural world. One of these exercises encourages the reader to focus on the quote “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Readers are then encouraged to reflect on the idea that rain is one of many things in life which we cannot change. Smiley and Harp suggest that this is an example of nature offering us the chance to let go of negative thoughts and be present in the moment, embracing the chance to practice mindfulness. The mindfulness exercises offered in this book can be practiced outside, in nature, or at home. This book is a great place to start if you would like to interact more with nature to support your sense of wellbeing. This is also a good book for someone who would like to try mindfulness exercises for this first time.
Losing Eden : why our minds need the wild / Lucy Jones.
Losing Eden is the perfect book for anyone who is interested in learning more about the science behind how and why the natural world has such a positive effect on the human body and mind. Jones begins by writing about how time spent in nature helped her to recover from her own struggles with addiction. She then goes on to look at the many ways that nature can help humans to feel better and reviews of some of the resent research investigating why nature has such a profound effect on human health. Losing Eden also offers a powerful illustration of the great challenges that the natural world is currently facing including the threats of climate change, habitat loss and the resulting loss of biodiversity. Jones asks important questions about how the loss of green spaces is effecting our mental health. Are we, without realising, losing something which is vital to our mental and physical health? There is no easy answer to this question but Jones’ work encourages us to engage more with the natural world and advocate for it, for our own good as much as for the good of the plants and animals which share our world.