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Mindful : June 2019
PRACTICE Slow your steps Take your pace down to Peter Good speed. Think saunter or strolling for pleasure, not getting to a desti- nation in a hurry. Slow down and enjoy. Savor through your senses Tune in using your whole body: the warm air on your face, the sound of birds, the fra- grances of flowers and ear thy smell of soil, the tex ture of leaves. Feel each sensation. Think small A photographer for National Geo- graphic once spent time lying on his stomach in the desert, photo- graphing flowers he called “pinhead flowers,” blooms that were the size of a pencil dot. When he enlarged the photographs, they were stunning. Getting Close to Nature Seven ways to appreciate the natural world Notice tiny details Author Jane Anne Staw wrote Small after she had an epiphany about concentrating too much on the big picture and missing the small one. One day she noticed a single dried leaf on the sidewalk, and focused all her attention on that leaf. “Suddenly I felt awareness course through me...my whole body hummed with pleasure....” Change your point of view Poet Mary Oliver said that she could walk the same path every day and always see some- thing new. Vary your gaze: Look up, look down, sweep your eyes from left to right. And use more than just your vision. Listen to the crunch of your feet as you walk. The tiny flowers of the umbrella plant (Darmeria peltata) emerge early in spring, g rowing in globe- shaped clusters called corymbs.