This blog is a being posted to coincide with my presentation at Happiness & Its Causes conference 2020 on Reconnecting with Nature.
I am happy to share a number of resources in the form of videos and blogs, including some recommendations on books if you’d like to do some further reading on the subject.
First of all, a 6 minute video by the wonderful Shelley Plumb of Plumbtalk Productions on the subject of Reconnect with Nature, which she made after joining us on several Mindful Safaris:
You may also find the following articles of interest:
The fascinating science behind reconnecting with nature. Why it’s so powerful, both physically and psychologically. This blog explores the biophilia effect in its wonderful manifestations: https://davidmichie.com/the-fascinating-science-behind-mindful-safari/
Recommended reading. A short overview of some fascinating books including The Nature Fix, The Biophilia Effect, Awake in the Wild and Your Guide to Forrest Bathing: https://davidmichie.com/recommended-reading-for-mindful-safari/
What surprising mental qualities arise when we live in nature. An intriguing account of a recent experience of clairvoyance: https://davidmichie.com/what-happens-to-our-mind-when-we-go-into-nature/
How nature makes being mindful easy! The powerful difference between voluntary and involuntary attention and how to harness “soft fascination:” https://davidmichie.com/the-easy-way-to-meditate-through-nature/
A simple tool to connect with animals. Sending and receiving metta to all beings, whether pets or wild animals: https://davidmichie.com/how-to-practice-metta-meditation-with-animals/
The magic of meditating with elephants. Gorgeous images from our visit to the Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery and all the beautiful beings there: https://davidmichie.com/the-magic-of-meditating-with-elephants/
You’ll find a playlist of short videos on my Youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwx5qaybvwW8GOqfm7d2jhaEm__gByE7j
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