A blog about nature, silence, stillness, presence and life by Ulf Bohman. You find all the current blog posts below.
Prescribtion to avoid that life passes you by in a blur --- A minute of nothing - can you endure it? --- We have have no earlids...and how to define silence ---- The mall of Silence and Natural Wonder ---- The Value of Silence and Sounds of Nature--- The Power of a Walk in the Woods --- The Power of Big Views and Small Habits
PRESCRIPTION TO AVOID THAT LIFE PASSES YOU BY IN A BLUR: Be still in nature, 10 minutes every day/week.
Have you ever questioned how it got to be summer already? Has spring passed you by in a blur of busyness? On our way to the future we miss a lot. We need moments when we "get out of our head", connect to the present moment and nature. Moments when we use all our senses. Moments when we get an extra dose of the joy of being alive.
Inspired by the book Awake in The Wild by Mark Coleman I discovered one way to do this. First find a nice place in nature close to your every day activities. A place you can visit often, maybe daily or at least once every week. Then go there and be in stillness for 5, 10, 15 minutes or longer and just observe. Observe without identifying and analyzing. Just be still. There is something very special with going back to the exact same spot in nature time after time. Preferably it's a place that is fairly quiet, offers some solitude, make you feel embraced by nature and has as few manmade structures in sight as possible. But the most important thing is that it's a place you can access often. Try it, create your own "10 minutes of stillness in nature habit" and life will not pass you by in a blur.
My spot: At first I couldn't think of a nice place that was close enough to visit daily, but then I realized that the perfect spot is just minutes away from my daughters' school. So I started to take a detour, first I take a photo and then I sit down and observe for 10 minutes at least once every week. These are my photos from the end of March to end of May. From ice to summer.
The first green blades of grass
The smell of spring flowers
A minute of nothing - can you endure it?
Take a deep breath and watch this video.