Listen to the fallen leaves crunching under your feet. Can you taste the earth?
Muju, South Korea. What do you experience when you walk through the woods and must rely on the person in front of you and the vision presented before you in a tiny mirror, pointed up to the sky? What happens when you close your eyes and allow yourself to be guided by nature’s sounds?
The program on the Ayuveda Yoga Camp menu said Forest Walking Meditation. A walk through some woods in Muju, while observing nature in silence is all I could think of. Instead, the program was totally experiential and absolutely brilliant! It was a re-awakening call, inviting you to use all your senses to listen, see, follow and capture the obscure language of nature’s poetry.
Korea, you always surprise me!
Become silence and let the sounds around you be your guide to awakening. What do you hear?
Trust we are all connected. Put your hands upon the shoulders of the person in front of you. Close your eyes and walk. Consciously, feeling the earth beneath you and the sky above you.
Reach up and capture the sun!
Close your eyes and empty your mind… focus on just listening to sounds. Falling leaves, a running brook, your own breath.
Ways to meditate during your forest walk:
• Close your eyes.
• Listen to the sounds around you and also focus on the sound of your breath
• Allow sounds and weather to enter you through your skin, nose, hairs, fingertips… senses.
• Be conscious of the sounds under your feet as you walk.
• Observe and find beauty in nature’s life and death.
• Place a mirror below your nose and allow yourself to move slowly as you enjoy the view above (*Partner may be necessary).
• Close your eyes and have a partner lead you (*Partner may be necessary)
Periodically check-in with yourself and ask- what do these sounds and experiences inspire?
• Take a journal and jot down your impressions or draw.
• Photograph what you see.
• Allow the sounds or impressions entering you to drive creative movement or dance.
• Just enjoy your day, feeling beautifully connected with nature.