C is for Collecting: mindfulness in nature

Collecting and gathering items from nature can transform an everyday walk into an opportunity to improve your physical and mental wellbeing 

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Sometimes a simple, absorbing activity can transform your mental state to a pinpoint of calm. Setting yourself a gentle collecting mission on each walk can help you focus on the outside world, taking your attention away from any inner anxieties and ‘things to do’ lists.

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Collecting objects can also help you pay more attention to the world around you, see things in greater detail and even spot more wildlife.

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What you collect is up to you but it may help if you are able to use your finds in crafts or decorations. For example, slowly wandering a beach picking up tiny treasures in the form of seaglass is hugely satisfying – and these wave-worn gems can be worked into delightful pendants and mosaics. 

If you’re inspired to start a collection of seaglass, read our interview with jeweller Gavin Hardy, or visit our sister magazine In The Moment to learn about creating leaf art from leaves you collect.

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For more ideas about how to be present in nature, here’s our A to Z of mindfulness.