It's been said that noticing and giving attention to things outside yourself is one of the greatest and purest forms of generosity. Tuning in and becoming one with nature is an example of this.
Nature, like us, is alive. When we spend time in nature, all its goodness permeates our mind, body, soul. It positively affects our mood, our health and our own perception of the world around us.
The sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes in the air bring our senses alive, and nature invites us to slow down and become present.
When you follow paths through nature - do you ever feel like it is healing you?
Nature helps to reduce stress, calm anxiety and slow our breath, heart and pace of life down. It boosts our immunity, and anywhere from an hour a day out in nature helps us get a better night of sleep, rest and rejuvenation.
For the first challenge go outside and spend five minutes fully present and immersed in nature. Engage all your senses, and go from "doing" to "being". Feel, live and breathe the experience in the present moment rather than getting caught up in your thoughts.
Give yourself the opportunity to really settle in and feel a genuine connection with nature. Observe all the different layers of nature from the smallest insects buzzing in the flowers, to the clouds floating in the sky.
Notice how you feel while taking time out to connect with nature. Notice what you hear? Write down any experiences that came up for you in nature.