Great Wake Up Blog: Week #12

So, for this week's assignment, we got to get in touch with our baser instincts. No, not like that...

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Mar 28, 2016
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So, for this week's assignment, we got to get in touch with our baser instincts. No, not like that...

The week's assignment was to go and spend at least ten minutes a day in the natural world. A wood, a forest, a park. Whatever the case may be. I'm exceptionally fortunate in that I live very close to a set of woods - literally thirty seconds away - and aside from navigating overgrown nettles, there's nothing to stop me from going down there.

Nothing, except time of course. That elusive thing that makes me think that I can spend two hours sitting and watching TV, and yet not have time for a ten minute walk in the woods.

So, I traipsed down when I could, and when I couldn't, I made sure that I spent the same ten minutes in one of the gardens/park areas at work. I'm fortunate enough to work at a University that prides itself on sustainability, and so green spaces are plentiful.

Connecting with nature for that small slice of time was quite... refreshing, in a way. There wasn't a lot to do, and sometimes I sat with my headphones on, sometimes I brought a book with me, and sometimes I did nothing but let my brain reboot.

It was lovely, and while I might not be able to force myself do it every day, the idea of taking ten minutes out for some reconnection with nature is innately appealing. Who knows, it might just give me a green digit of some kind...

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Sarah-Kate Goodwin almost 2 years ago

Thats funny isn't it, how easily we can find the time to watch tv but struggle to get out into the fresh air sometimes. A delightful summary of an experiment worth while doing Chris.