Last Updated on January 13, 2023 by Cassandra Nostredame
The ancient task of communing with nature is surprisingly simple to learn. If you are open to the world that surrounds you, you may quickly find that the natural world calls to you. Unfortunately, people who live with negative or aggressive emotions will find it more difficult to speak with the plants and animals that are around them.
Likewise, you may have problems communing with the natural world if you live in the center of a concrete metropolis or technological bubble. At the very least, you will struggle to find a natural environment that is close enough for you to actually use. With effort, however, you can learn how to commune with nature from any location.
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How to Commune With Nature
Figuring out how to commune with nature doesn't have to be challenging. Sometimes, the right intention is all you need. If you can commit to your goal of communing with the natural world, you will eventually achieve that goal with practice. Using the following steps can help you commune with nature.
- Set and commit to a goal of communing with nature.
- Dedicate time in your schedule to communing with nature.
- Discover a location in nature.
- Find a comfortable pose or sitting position.
- Relax in the present moment as you observe the world around you.
- Return frequently to continue your exploration of the natural world.
Start by Entering the Natural World
The first step that you need to take before you can learn how to commune with nature is to step into the natural world. Personally, we love the practice of Japanese forest bathing.
However, you don't simply walk into the woods and begin speaking with the trees and animals--although we have to admit that this is an appealing option. It is important to clear the mind of all distracting thoughts involving aggression, pride and technology. Thoughts from day-to-day life prevent you from truly experiencing the present moment, so try to clear your mind of these distractions.
You need to make a plan to visit a secluded park at a time when you are filled with energy and love. Some people like to practice loving-kindness meditation when they are in nature. In this state, it is easier to connect to the natural world and to the people in your life.
Meditation, contemplation or any other means for developing a tranquil mind should be practiced. This could be done at home or in nature. There is no need to focus on anything other than the natural world and the moment in time that you are currently living in. If you want to prepare their minds in the comfort of their own home, use a plant or animal as a point to focus on. Allow the mind to fully embrace the world that surrounds it.
From there, feel free to move into the natural world. This can be anywhere that is filled with natural plants and animals. If you live near water, you could easily go to a private area where tourists and swimmers rarely travel. For those people who live in the forest, try to move off of the trails and into the wilderness.
A tranquil mind is positively influenced by a serene environment. Likewise, a tranquil, relaxed environment helps you achieve a serene state of mind. When you reach this point, be sure to stop talking aloud and in your mind. It is especially important to stop thinking or speaking to yourself because you need to focus on the present moment that surrounds you.
Focus on the Present Moment and Reality
The next step if you want to learn how to commune with nature is to let your ego dissolve into the world around them. This also requires you to release any negative emotional baggage such as aggression and pride. To make this task easier, attempt to remove yourself from your concerns. Some people find that journaling or writing down their thoughts helps to reduce the power these thoughts and worries have over their psyche.
If you are having difficulties doing this, try to focus on any living thing around yourself. Focus on a beetle moving through the grass or a bird flying in the sky. You could also focus on something as simple as a plant swaying in the breeze or tides.
If you or anyone else brought along technological devices, turn them off for the moment. There is no need to share your experiences or take any photographs. The world is stable and real, and you won't be expecting anything magical to happen.
Ideally, it would be best to leave your phones and computers at home. At this time, broaden your focus to the entire world of nature that now surrounds you. Remain silent, and allow the sounds, sights, smells and feelings to wash over you. If you want to taste nature, then find a berry and place it into your mouth. We are also big fans of exploring nature through the Herbal Academy's Botany and Wildcrafting Course and the Mushroom Course.
You may notice that time will seem to slow down as you sit in meditation and contemplation. Look toward the sun, moving clouds or anything that you are familiar with. Allow your senses to focus on this object, and pay attention to each small alteration that develops.
You aren't looking for signs or attempting to communicate at this time. Allow your ego to fade and for time to slow down naturally.
Prepare to Commune With Nature
Close your eyes if you wish to do so. Now, try to focus on the sounds that are in your immediate area. Draw your mind to the location that you are in.
When you open your eyes, focus on something that is near you. A large tree, floating seaweed, an insect, or a starfish are all excellent things to look at. In these plants and animals, you will find all of the energy of the natural world.
Speak to the plants or animals in a soft and gentle voice. There is no reason to believe that nature will respond to you at this time, but it is important to take this first step.
Share thoughts of compassion and love through your words. This can be as easy as giving a simple greeting. If your mind causes you to feel uncertain, weird, strange or any other ambiguous emotion, then shut your eyes for a few minutes. The ego may still be strong enough to prevent proper communion with nature. When it feels as though your body is simply reacting or sensing the world, then open your eyes once again.
Change your focus to something inanimate like a rock, a cloud or the water. Sense it in every way that you are able to do so. If you see the light dance off of the rocks, then absorb that light. Listen to the sound that the water makes. Smell the natural scent of the dirt below you. Feel the wind or an insect moving along your skin.
These sensations will help to bring you more into the world that you are sitting in. In meditation, practitioners often use their physical sensations to enhance their focus. From the sound of a river to the pain of an insect bite, these feelings can give you something to focus on and a powerful tool for honing your contemplative mind.
You Can Become One With Nature
A few hours can easily be passed in meditation when you are in nature. After you are done, you may want to move into a more comfortable position. Try laying down on the ground or sitting before something else you can focus on.
There is no need to speak with your voice at this time. Mental communication should be enough. Don't start asking questions that are focused on a life that is outside of nature. Your concerns about jobs, relationships, money and other questions should be ignored. In the face of the majesty and timelessness of nature, these things really don't matter.
Have some fun with your experience. Question a rock about its experiences. Talk to a tree about its roots. Learn about the home an insect. Look to the ocean for answers regarding the tides and the animals that it holds.
These questions will open up the channels of communication between you and the natural world. In time, you will find that humanity and the body that you maintain are part of the physical world. As you realize how integrally connected to nature you are, you will naturally experience less pride, aggression, ego and other negative emotions.
At a point in time when there is no difference between your skin and the feelings that brush across it, allow your conscious mind to fade. The temperature, humidity, wind and other physical sensations should feel as though they are unrecognizable. In their purest form, these sensations should remain unnamed because this will help turn the focus of your mind toward the natural world.
Practice Communing With Nature
The being that you are communicating with is the being of true nature. This may be a tree, a rock, an insect, a spot in the sky, a manifested being or any natural focus. Allow nature to lead the questions, and guide the answers you receive. At this time, you will be able to read signs and know with certainty that the answers are true. It is helpful to guide these signs toward any questions that you have in your life at this time. The answers may be vague, but they are often startlingly accurate.
If you want to learn how to commune with nature, you need to keep practicing. Ask a question, and listen to the answer. This listening does not need to be done with the ears because the mind will certainly keep this information retained.
Allow the signs you experience to influence your actions because they are signs from nature that you are experiencing. Be one with the moment, and know that you are supporting yourself, nature and all things. Do good things, and good things will come. This is the law of nature.