What is it about nature that causes us you think deeper about the world? Maybe it’s how miniscule you feel next to a California Redwood, or how gigantic you feel next to a ladybug. Maybe it’s the tenacity you observe in a meandering creek, with water that never stops moving. Or maybe it’s the sweeping panoramic vistas only visible from a mountaintop. Whatever it is, most people agree that there’s something different, something spiritual, about being outside—something that makes you more aware of yourself, the world around you, and your higher power. This Earth Day, take a moment to connect to God through nature.
The “Natural Peace” exercise on the Skylight app is a five-minute mindfulness exercise that can help you have a spiritual experience through nature. You don’t need to drive to your nearest national park or even go far from your home or work; it can be as simple as taking your lunch break outside. The exercise starts with some brief breathing exercises to focus your attention on the present. You’ll learn a few techniques for being mindful outside—describing sounds, recognizing what’s out of the ordinary, and enjoying the feeling of sunshine on your face, to name a few. This contributes to the spiritual purpose of the exercise, which concludes with a thought-provoking question: “What can nature tell me about the higher power in my life?”
You can celebrate Earth Day all month long on the Skylight app, with poetry readings, journal prompts, and meditations to strengthen your spirituality through the great outdoors.