The Coping Kete

No. 80: Observing Myself as Part of Nature

This week, to attain, maintain or regain my sense of wellbeing…

…I will practice mindful distraction by going outside and observing myself as part of nature. This week, the first thing I will do once I have woken up in the morning and gotten dressed, is to take a moment to go outside where I can see at least some aspect of the natural world. For the next few minutes I will let whatever concerns I might have for the coming day fade into the distance where I can catch them up later if I still need to. I will focus my awareness on the way the clouds and air move, the way the plant-life grows, the way water flows or settles – everything falling into its shape.

As I make myself aware of these elements of nature, I will notice myself standing or sitting there, as part of this environment. Here I am, connected to the world. 

Doing this regularly, when I am not distressed, will help me make strong associations with the strategy so it is easier to do it when I need it. It’s also just a pretty nice way to start the day. In preparation for when I need to distract myself from unnecessary distress, once a day, I will…

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence….You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”  [From The Desiderata, Max Ehrmann, 1927] 

Once I am comfortable doing this task as part of a regular day, I will add it to my Personal Coping Kete as a strategy for mindfully distracting myself from distressing emotions and unwanted thoughts.

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