Simple Mindfulness: Meditating with nature

Mindfulness is a buzzword these days but it is not as complicated as it sounds. Mindfulness simply means being in the present moment. A simple Mindfulness exercise can be getting up early and just hearing the sounds of the nature. If you stay at a place where such sounds are not to be heard, play a music with sounds of the nature (many such videos are available on YouTube). You may follow the following steps;
  • Sit comfortably either on a comfortable chair with a cushion or on the floor (floor seating is better but again, your choice)
  • Hear the nature's sounds (either natural sounds or through a music which has such sounds, an example is given below)
  • Start sitting silently with normal breathing and then start observing the breath, making it deeper and deeper
  • Imagine yourself to be one element of nature (either a Bird which is scanning the clouds or even an abstract stream which is flowing) and close your eyes, going deeper into the imagination
  • Do this for 5-6 Minutes and gently open your eyes. You can do it till 15-20 minutes as well, depending upon the time availability