Nature and Mothering Sunday
Mothering Sunday has always had a link to nature.
In the UK and Ireland, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent and evolved from the tradition of giving thanks to the Virgin Mary/Mother Mary. During the 16th Century, domestic servants were given a day off to visit their ‘mother church’, usually the church they had been baptized in. It was a rare opportunity to be with their mother and wider family.
Often, the children would pick wild flowers on the way to display in the church or to give to their mum as a gift of gratitude, love and appreciation.
Nature Immersion Technique for Mums Wellbeing
Earlier this week I ran a ‘Nature Immersion Technique’ for the wonderful people at the Halow Project in Guildford. We connected with our senses, did some gentle yoga, meditated and explored the Sensory Garden at Stoke Park. We talked about ways to master stress and the importance of self-care. Lucy McRobert from the Wildlife Trust said:
“Nature isn’t a miracle cure for diseases… But by interacting with it, spending time in it, experiencing it and appreciating it we can reap the benefits of feeling happier and healthier as a result.”
So what’s my point and how can nature make us healthier and happier?
Nature Benefit 1
In nature our stress hormones fall and we feel again our connection to the earth.
Nature Benefit 2
Forest Bathing and being out in nature ‘Shinrin-Yoku’ has been proven in stringent scientific peer-reviewed research to stabilize and improve mood and cognition.
Nature Benefit 3
Being in nature lowers blood pressure.
So this Mothers Day why not simply step-out the door and enjoy the delights of Spring? Connect to nature with your senses, breathe and notice the daisies beneath your feet, the smell of fresh grass, the sounds of the birds. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of your local area. If you have a garden, this might just be enough. Perhaps think about 3 reasons why you feel gratitude for what is outside your doorstep.
Looking for an alternative gift for Mother’s Day to show love and appreciation? Why not book yourself and/or your mum onto one of my monthly Nature Immersion Sessions in Guildford. Information here. To find out more about Jane or to to book in a session, visit her directly page below.