I hope you will like this week’s assignment. Reading Week 4 talks about measuring connectedness to nature (NCS). I would like to ask you to answer the same scale.
In Week 4 session, we will be sharing your ideas on how we can facilitate nature connection during a Shinrin Yoku session Please make sure to fill out the questionnaire, as at the beginning of Week 5 we will look at the results obtained from NCS. I will need some time to analyse data collected.
Activity I Not everyone have access to forest/nature. Think of ways of making your client connect with nature under the following conditions (your clients may come from different walks of life).
a) in an urban city
b) on a hospital bed
c) in prison
d) a visually impaired person
e) a body-unabled person
Some people also may have phobias; as a result, nature-related interventions may do more harm than good. Some people may have a fixed mindset resulting in resistance towards wellbeing practices in nature and in general. How would you approach these issues?
The idea behind this activity is to expand your imagination and consider different environs – even if a) through e) is not your target clientele.
Write a 300-word piece or more on various pathways to connecting to nature, let this mean bringing nature to people or bringing people to nature. When you propose activities, please be as specific as you can. Think in terms of WHAT, WHY, and HOW.
Find a safe space in forest/park/garden and make yourself comfortable. Explore your connection to nature and yourself through senses. During A-F notice your emotions and your thoughts. Take time to go through each step and feel free to explore and adapt them to what you need and how you feel right now. Be kind to yourself and notice what comes and goes. Write your observations and reflections.
– take a few minutes to look at yourself in a mirror, look at your face, etc.
– look at your feet and hands,
– look at your legs,
– move your body slightly and observe,
– move your attention from looking at yourself to what is outside of yourslef, etc.
– take a few minutes to touch some parts of your body,
– touch your hand, your finger,
– touch your face, your head, your hair, etc.
– take a few minutes to pay attention to smells around you
– concentrate one one particular smell, move to another, etc.
– without touching your chest, pay attention to the sound of your heartbeat,
– concentrate on one part of your body until you feel subtle movements like vibrations
– concentrate on your breath,
– now move your attention to the outside of yourself,
– pick a food you eat every day (bread/rice) or any food/fruit/veggie/ you like or tea
– look at its shape; feel its texture before taking a small bite of it
– once in your mouth, pay attention to how its texture changes and what flavours it releases.
F. Give yourself a big hug, thank yourself, and say My Life is Dear to Me, Life is Dear to All.
Send your work to The Mindful Tourist by email at least one day before week 4.
Thank you and as always I look forward to an upcoming week!