"We all have one thing in common, we are part of the natural world. No matter what our nationality is, what we do for a living, what our interests or beliefs are, we share the same natural home. How would we be here enjoying our everyday lives, if it weren't for our bodies, the trees, the sun in the sky and the air we are breathing? The simple answer is that we wouldn't. Nature gives rise to all of life on the planet, including our own, and connecting with the natural world is an integral part of our happiness and well-being."
Claire Thompson, Mindfulness & the Natural World
Surely you will have read or heard references to mindfulness.
What actually is it? Well, it isn't something that has to be done sitting cross-legged, or on a yoga mat.
Claire says "mindfulness is paying attention, without judgement and with acceptance, to where we are, how we are, what we are feeling, what we are thinking - in the present moment."
Practising and understanding more about mindfulness has helped us realise that fishing is exactly that. For some anglers and at some fishing venues, it is just about the trophy picture of the biggest fish. For our angling customers, it is very much more than that. Don't just take our word for it, come and see and feel it for yourself.
"Sit beneath a big tree, lean back against its trunk and look up through its branches to the sky. Try to put aside for a moment any thoughts you are having at the time and just enjoy being there."
We have a stunning walnut tree that is just perfect for this exercise.
"... when I look at the natural world, I often think to myself Isn't this enough? Isn't sharing and participating in this beautifully mysterious natural world enough? Nature is our home and if we need to have a purpose at all, why isn't it simply being alive, right now?"
Talking of which, with so little light pollution here, the night skies are truly an awesome sight. Treat yourself to some time out in the garden at night, spotting satellites and make a wish upon a shooting star in the breathtakingly beautiful sky.
Credit and Copyright to Claire Thompson
Quotes taken (with permission) from her inspiring book Mindfulness & the Natural World - Bringing our Awareness Back to Nature
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