- Quality of Life & Wellness
Spending Time Alone Outdoors
Nothing gives me more comfort than sitting outside alone in the lawn, feasting my eyes on the green grass, tall, wide trees with branches swaying as the wind sweeps over them, and to follow butterflies from one flower to another as they search for nectar. It's so refreshing that it has become a daily habit. Especially sitting under a shelter watching the rain pour, with all the grey wetness and cool breeze, it serves as an enchantment despite living far away from the country-side.
These are the precious moments when I get most of my ideas and inspirations. I look upon alone-time as my time, when I can truly day-dream without any interruption or noise. It's sort of a treat after a long, busy day or as a starter in the morning to a tight-scheduled day.
I usually take a book along, as a formality but never really open it because there is so much to see. My imagination runs wild at that time and its kind of like experiencing so many sensations, you might think I am exaggerating but once you get used to spending time alone in an open space outdoors, you will know what I am talking about.
Breathing exercises are one of the many things I do, during my retreat. It's very beneficial for the body. It calms the nerves, reduces stress levels and promotes rapid repair of body tissues. Also I would recommend brisk walking, or even a lazy stroll, anything that involves moving your legs. Then take a break by sitting down and scanning the view, staring up at the sky and forming images out of clouds (I tend to hunt for heart shapes or the occasional Teddy bear).
It's a pity that so many people forget the need to just let their minds wander aimlessly, because that definitely improves productivity. That is how our brain exercises, by thinking random thoughts in an unhurried fashion. If you prefer company, I would highly recommend opting for little kids if possible. They spend most of their time this way, just letting their thoughts lead them and you will learn a lot by observing children. But be ready to answer questions because kids simply cannot see something without inquiring about it.
If you would rather go with a grown person, then remember to leave serious topics aside and just concentrate on the lighter aspects of life. Or gradually move on to the serious ones if you must.
Yes, you can spend quality time by yourself indoors which is great but the beauty of being outdoors is something special in itself. The whole point is to relax and get to know yourself better.You have to try it to believe it.