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Eco-Mindfulness 

Eco-Mindfulness and Nature-Based Practices

 

Eco-Mindfulness can offer you an opportunity to slow down, rest and tune in to your innate connection with the natural world. Through intentional eco-mindfulness practice in nature you can open up your senses, expand your awareness and discover a creative and reciprocal relationship with your environment. Eco-Mindfulness can enhance your mental health and wellbeing, reduce stress and promote self healing while also healing the earth.

 

Merging together the mind and nature can help you understand yourself and give you a sense of refuge and belonging. In the practice of eco-mindfulness you can experience the changing weather, seasons and non-human species as metaphor for your own experiences. Drawing from evidence based mindfulness, ecology and the ancient wisdom traditions & indigenous knowledge, eco-mindfulness can provide a meaningful path for navigating the grief of climate change, mental health/wellbeing, survival and living sustainably. 

 

Mindfulness in the Parks Project at Anderson Park, Hawthorn East.

 

Mindfulness in the Parks is a grass roots project I created after seeing clients during lockdown in the local park. Marion has always had a special love of nature, having her early years on the land in Tasmania. Through her mindfulness practice and studies she developed an interest in eco therapeutic practices and connecting people with nature. Her partner runs a sustainability company and their family is committed to climate change action both personally and professionally.

 

During lockdown Marion started seeing a few of her local clients in the parks in Boroondara. Sitting on a rug, under a tree, she would guide a meditation practice and incorporate the different elements of nature that showed up on the day. The various local birds, gentle wind, scent of flowers or warm sunshine graced her sessions and clients found ease and healing through tuning into these natural experiences.

 

After one of the sessions she started wondering how to bring these mindfulness practices to more people and parks in the community. The Mindfulness in the Parks project was born in collaboration with Boroondara Council. You can find out more about the project and visit Anderson Park in Hawthorn East to experience Eco-Mindfulness throughout June-July 2022.

 

To find out more about The Mindfulness in the Parks project visit the Boroondarra events page here or listen to the Eco-Mindfulness practices in the privacy of your own backyard via Sound Cloud here. Contact Marion if you are interested in establishing a Mindfulness in the Parks project in your municipality or on site at your location. 

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What is Eco-Mindfulness?

Eco-Mindfulness is the natural human capacity to be present and connect to ourselves, each other & the environment. Eco-Mindfulness is a restorative practice helping develop a deep caring & reciprocal relationship with nature. 

 

Eco-Mindfulness merges mindfulness, ecology & psychology. With practices centred around our inherent nature connection, we can let go of unhelpful ways of being in the world & develop more purposeful path living harmoniously with nature. 

Research shows that time in nature enhances our sense of aliveness & improves mental health & wellbeing. Eco-mindfulness offers a path of creative & expressive ritual, practice & skill. It can help us navigate impermanence, constant change, uncertainty & letting go.

 

Eco-mindfulness can help restore the health of the earth & build sustainable ways of living & working with the earth in mind. Through eco-mindfulness we can attend to the greater good, develop healthier systems & care for the community & planet.

The Benefits of Eco-Mindfulness

  • Cope with climate-anxiety, grief & overwhelm 

  • Reduce the Impact of your consumer choices 

  • Feel grounded, belonging & more steadiness 

  • Reduce self-consciousness & expand awareness

  • Eat mindfully, consciously & sustainably

  • Be conscious of what you reuse, reduce & recycle

  • Live in harmony with nature & reduce your footprint

  • Take action for climate change in your professional life

  • Cultivate compassion & kindness & protect all living beings

  • Feel into your senses, aliveness & vitality 

  • Experience your felt presence in nature

  • Protect the environment & take action at home

  • Developing curiosity & creativity in relating with nature

  • Discover a refuge & sanctuary in the natural world

  • Sustainability mindset & innovation

  • Unplug, practice self-care & find your balance in nature

  • Talk to others & connect through nature based practices

  • Develop a reciprocal relationship with nature

  • Cultivate compassion, equanimity & wisdom

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“Paying attention is a form of reciprocity with the living world, receiving the gifts with open eyes and open heart.”― Robin Wall Kimmerer.