R is for Reading: mindfulness in nature

Reading outside can help improve physical and mental wellbeing

Why is reading good for mindfulness?

Words fill our daily lives, flash up on screens or shout from the back of buses; so much of our reading is incidental, or backlit on a screen.

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But reading can offer the perfect opportunity for being fully present and mindful.

How reading is good for mindfulness
How is reading is good for mindfulness? ©Lynn Hatzius

Find a time when you can focus and relax without distractions and choose an engaging text; notice the tactile joy of holding a book cool to the touch, the smell of ink, the soft sounds of paper.

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Take your time to note the rhythm of a sentence, the pace of a  age – even read out loud and savour the sounds of words in your mouth. Allow yourself to be absorbed in the beauty of words.