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Develop Sensory Awareness of the Natural World

Long Tailed Tit
Annette J Beveridge

By Annette J Beveridge

You may have noticed it recently. Those sudden early morning sounds outside as birds welcome the day singing heartily from lofty branches, their dulcet tones invading even the deepest of slumber. Perhaps you have never noticed them quite as much before. But now, the sounds of the natural world are starting to resonate with you. Pre-lockdown, there was too much noise, too much hustle and bustle, and even too much pressure to truly become aware of life all around.

Reconnecting to the natural world

On a global level, we are facing a situation like no other experienced in our lifetime. Lockdown has been difficult for most of us, but one beautiful and amazing benefit has been the sounds of nature growing louder as if reawakening. The truth of the matter is that it is we who are reawakening. We have long forgotten that we are a part of the natural world – our assumption that we are removed from it, or are better than it, enabled us to pillage the land without guilt or care. But perhaps, now, with those first few glorious sounds of nature, we can and will open our hearts and minds to the natural world once more.

Once you let nature into your life, you will feel its steady draw. That is my promise to you. Life becomes suddenly fascinating away from the daily grind of yesterday. With a more peaceful view on life, you ‘ll see a world that was simply waiting in the wings. The wistful and melancholic song of the blackbird becomes a focal point, the raspy sounds of magpies, ominous pirates waiting in the trees for a glimpse of a tasty morsel and the gentle squabbles of long-tailed tits will make you smile and appreciate life all around.  You may be visually drawn to the colours of their plumage or even be lucky enough to feed a robin and feel its tiny feet in the palm of your hand.   

Magpie on fence

Stop, relax and listen

When you first become entranced with nature, you may be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed. There is suddenly so much to learn, where do you start? How can you take all this wonder in? I suggest finding a quiet spot in which to sit and relax. First, we must disconnect with modern life. Choose somewhere beautifully green and leafy so that any stresses and strains start to drift away. Close your eyes and listen, yes, truly listen. First, connect with the sounds all around you, let the voices of nature carry you away. At this stage, you do not need to identify the various songs and calls of local birds, you just need to feel at peace while sharing their space.

Then, when suitably relaxed, scan the tree canopies. Train your eyes to spot even the smallest of movement. Try to follow some of the birds as they flit from tree to tree. If you sit and relax and remain still, nature comes to you. What does the bird look like? What is its behaviour? Which tree does it favour? Then, listen out for its song. Let the sound infiltrate the mind. If you do this gradually, you will build an understanding of these birds in your mind’s eye. This information becomes the foundation on which you can build.

Taking our place in the natural world

The very act of sitting quietly and peacefully within nature will afford so many incredible benefits and you will feel the healing power of the natural world too. When you let nature in, you become a part of something incredibly special and you really will want to learn more. We are not separate from it, we are an integral part of the natural world and when we embrace it, we see and feel life in glorious multicolour.

Annette J Beveridge is an author, editor, and freelance writer. She set up Creative1 Publishing back in 2007 with the aim of helping authors to achieve their publishing goals. The last 10 years have been spent travelling through France and Spain and she lived in the beautiful Pyrenees mountains for several years surrounded by nature. Now back in the UK, Annette writes about nature and health topics generally. Find out more about Annette HERE.

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