If you want true inner peace, start doing these 7 things in nature

Finding inner peace is different for everyone, but there’s one thing that connects us all:

Nature. 

Immersing ourselves in the natural world provides a unique sense of tranquility. It’s a chance to take time for ourselves, to breathe in the fresh air, and let the beauty of the world wash over us.

Here are some things you can start doing in nature to cultivate that sense of inner peace.

Because, as someone who has found serenity among trees and under open skies, I can assure you it’s a game changer. Let’s dive in:

1) Embrace solitude

We live in a world that is perpetually connected.

Our smartphones buzz with notifications, our inboxes fill with emails, and our days are filled with back-to-back appointments.

This constant connection can leave us feeling drained and overwhelmed.

Enter the power of solitude in nature.

You see, spending time alone in nature can be a powerful way to recharge and find peace. It allows us to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with ourselves and the world around us.

Think about it…

When was the last time you truly allowed yourself to be alone with your thoughts, without any distractions?

In the quiet of nature, we can hear our thoughts more clearly. We can tune into our feelings and better understand our own inner workings.

So if you’re seeking true inner peace, start by embracing solitude in nature.

2) Engage in mindful observation

I’ve always found that one of the most powerful ways to connect with nature and find inner peace is through mindful observation.

I remember one particular day when I was feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

Work was piling up, and I felt like I was on a never-ending treadmill of tasks.

I decided to take a break and go for a walk in a nearby park.

As I walked, I made a conscious effort to really observe the world around me.

I noticed the way the sunlight filtered through the leaves, creating dappled patterns on the ground. I heard the rustling of leaves as a gentle breeze blew, and the distant sound of birdsong.

In that moment, I felt a deep sense of peace wash over me. The stress and worries seemed to melt away, replaced by a profound sense of connection with the world around me.

Engaging in mindful observation in nature, really taking the time to see, hear, and feel the natural world around us, can be incredibly grounding.

It can help us to step back from our worries and find a sense of calm and peace amidst the chaos of everyday life. So give it a try – it could bring you a lot of peace. 

3) Practice outdoor meditation

Meditation is a well-known tool for achieving inner peace.

But did you know that practicing meditation in nature can amplify its benefits?

When we meditate outdoors, we are not just connecting with our inner selves but also with the world around us. The freshness of the air, the sound of rustling leaves, and the warmth of the sun on our skin can deepen the sense of calm and tranquility we experience.

And here’s the thing:

Outdoor meditation doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as finding a quiet spot in a park or your backyard, closing your eyes, and focusing on your breath.

Let the sounds and sensations of nature guide you into a state of deep relaxation and peace.

4) Immerse yourself in forest bathing

If you haven’t heard of forest bathing, or Shinrin-Yoku as it’s known in Japan, it’s time to introduce yourself to this therapeutic practice.

The idea is to simply be in nature, connecting with it through our sense of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.

It’s about soaking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the forest, letting them wash over you and bring you a sense of peace.

And the best part?

You don’t need any special equipment or even a specific type of forest to practice forest bathing. Any natural environment will do.

Whether you have access to a sprawling woodland or just a small city park, you can benefit from forest bathing.

Just remember to leave your phone behind and give yourself permission to slow down and connect with nature.

It’s a simple yet powerful way to cultivate inner peace.

5) Cultivate a garden

planting If you want true inner peace, start doing these 7 things in nature

There’s something incredibly therapeutic about getting your hands dirty and nurturing life in the form of plants.

Before writing this article, a neighbor gave me a cutting from one of her plants. It’s been a busy morning, so I initially put it to one side, figuring I’ll get around to potting it later.

But I decided that a little break and a chance to get my hands in the soil would be good for me. I already feel slightly calmer and more energized.

The truth is, gardening is more than just a hobby; it’s a practice that connects us to the cycle of life, helps us understand our impact on nature, and gives us a sense of accomplishment when we see the fruits of our labor.

So, whether it’s growing your own veggies, tending to a flower bed, or even maintaining a small indoor herb garden, the act of gardening can have profound effects on our mental well-being.

6) Watch a sunrise or sunset

There’s something profoundly moving about watching the sun rise or set.

It’s a daily reminder of the beauty in our world, the passage of time, and the promise of new beginnings.

When you watch the sunrise, it’s as though you’re witnessing the world waking up, shaking off the darkness of night and embracing the light.

On the flip side, watching a sunset can be just as impactful. As the day winds down and the sky is painted with strokes of deep reds, purples, and oranges, it’s a moment to reflect on the day that has passed and prepare for the peace of the night.

These moments, as simple as they may sound, can have a profound impact on our sense of inner peace.

They remind us that no matter what happens during our day, the sun will rise and set with unwavering certainty.

7) Take a hike

There was a time when I felt trapped in a cycle of stress and worry. My mind was always racing, and I struggled to find peace within myself.

Then, I started hiking.

At first, it was just a way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors.

But over time, I found that hiking offered so much more than that.

And you know what?

It was during these hikes that I found a sense of peace that I hadn’t experienced before.

The steady rhythm of my footsteps, the challenge of the terrain, and the beauty of the natural world around me helped to quiet my mind and allowed me to focus on the present moment.

The physical exertion required for hiking also helped me to release pent-up tensions and anxieties.

I’ll be honest, reaching the top of a hill or mountain brought a sense of achievement and perspective that is hard to find elsewhere.

Hiking has become an essential tool in my journey towards inner peace. And I believe it could be for you too. So next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, put on your hiking boots and head out into nature.

You never know what you might find.

Final thoughts

The beauty of seeking inner peace through nature lies in the interconnectedness of it all.

The practices discussed in this article aren’t just about spending time in nature. They’re about acknowledging our place within it and recognizing the peace that comes from that understanding.

So whether you’re embracing solitude in a forest, immersing in forest bathing, or simply watching a sunrise, remember that you’re not just an observer of nature but an intrinsic part of it.

And it’s in this realization that true inner peace can be found.

Pearl Nash

Pearl Nash

Pearl Nash has years of experience writing relationship articles for single females looking for love. After being single for years with no hope of meeting Mr. Right, she finally managed to get married to the love of her life. Now that she’s settled down and happier than she’s ever been in her life, she's passionate about sharing all the wisdom she's learned over the journey. Pearl is also an accredited astrologer and publishes Hack Spirit's daily horoscope.

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