I do something called nature coaching where I use the natural world to help clients shift their mindset, physiological and psychological state. It’s fun and I never know what lesson nature will offer that day, so it is a practice I enter with curiosity and excitement. I’ve developed many of the techniques while out walking with my baby on each maternity leave, and I wanted to share one that has stuck with me. I find it very helpful when I experience the anxiety of the fourth trimester when my body is on high alert for everything(!)
This is a very calming and grounding mindful practice, and short nature-based meditation that you can do while walking that uses your senses instead of your breath.
This is perfect for the days when you are out with the baby in a stroller (and hopefully said baby is sleeping!) I also find this an effective technique when breath-based meditation is not available to me (I suffer from chest pain when I take deep breaths, as a result of an auto-immune disease called ankylosing spondylitis which causes interesting flare ups in unexpected places haha.)
This practice has the same benefits as breathing-based meditations and walking-based meditations, but it includes a sensory component (since you are out in beautiful nature.) The sensory component I actually adapted from some training that Navy SEALS do (!)
I explain in this youtube video! Enjoy, and try it out on your next stroller walk!