What is at Stake?
The mindless consumerism and materialism especially over last few decades have ravaged the planet Earth, our only habitable home. Nobel laureates, scientists, economists and ecologists have sounded the alarm to no avail. Children today speak with lack of emotion that the destruction of the world is at hand perhaps during their lifetime or that of the next generation. The increased incidence of forest fires, mass droughts, crop failures, tornadoes and inundations have not impacted the thinking of the masses who all want others to do what it takes to save the planet. We continue to teach children of the triumph of civilization in extracting and contending from Nature. There is an undying optimism that scientists and technologists will find the solutions to all our problems, that we shall continue with our gross materialism all the while improving the planet! To move away from Nature, is to move away from oneself. Death of Nature spells death of humankind. Centuries of rapacious exploitation of the environment has finally caught up with us.
What is Nature Contemplation?
Nature contemplation is a practice akin to meditation where one focuses on his or her connection to the natural world. This practice can be done anywhere from a wilderness area, to a city park, and even your own back yard. The only requirement is that you have a piece of nature to connect with. Nature connectedness results in re-orientation, balance of the mind and many associated health benefits. Within this framework, the Contemplation of Nature has been developed into a distinct practice that draws from recent research in the field of psychology, neuroscience and biology. From among many meditative traditions it advocates a simple way for being with nature, leaving aside ritual, dress code, sitting position, breathing cycle or mantra. In a multicultural world Contemplation of Nature strengthens emotional bonding with the natural world without prejudices and biases. Contemplation of Nature is about cultivating mindfulness, loving kindness, silence and a deep connection with oneself and the natural surroundings.
To read about the three steps of contemplating nature, visit the How section.