When the world feels like it's hijacking your mind--bills showing up that demand to be paid, BREAKING news, that is pitched with a catastrophic tone, family demands, work deadlines; the list goes on; there is always the option to escape into nature. We may want to bring a camera with us, as many of us now have one at our disposal in our phone. Once outside, stop, just be, and allow yourself to focus on the scenery around you.
Watch for wildlife that may come out to meet you.
The more still we become, the more we may see.
The more we may discover.
Before long we may not even be aware that our minds have left all our worries behind, and went on a mini vacation to the present moment. Life may take on a new perspective. We may feel connected to something greater, that moves at a peaceful pace.
If we want to take this practice further, maybe we want to consider leaving our camera behind as we venture outdoors. Yes, aghast, leave our phone at home. I can hear some of you shriek, "But what if (fill in the blank needs me)"? Trust me, there was a time when we all survived without being connected to a phone. Maybe you call any dependent people, let them know you will be unavailable for the next hour, and refer them to someone else to call if something urgent comes up. Or maybe you just take small steps-literally just step out onto a balcony, a patio, before venturing off into a park or a forest.
Once outside, just sit and just be. As you sit and be, become aware of all the magnificence nature is surrounding you with. Imagine if you had a fancy camera, one that had a high power zoom lens, what might you try to capture in a picture? Take a picture in your mind and archive it there. Savor it. Enjoy just knowing that you experienced it and maybe someday in the future, you will retrieve it and relive the moment.
Want to share what you find in nature? Post your picture on social media with the hashtag #WowNature. If I see it, I may share it.
Air plants are a great option for people living in small spaces because they don't use soil and require little care. There are many varieties. Many people collect them. Let's take a look at what care they need:
Light: Their preferred light is bright, filtered sunlight. Direct sunlight may burn your air plants.
Water: The more light they receive, the more water they will need. So if you have them close to a light source, you may need to water them twice a week, otherwise, once a week will probably be fine. You can either soak them in water for a few minutes, then allow to dry thoroughly; or mist them with a spray bottle. Do not allow them to sit in water.
Other tips: When they grow in the outdoors, they will attach themselves to other plants. They prefer temperatures between 60-90 degrees. They thrive when there is ventilated air.
There are a lot of creative ways to display air plants. Maybe do a search on pinterest for more inspiration!
Learn more about growing food and other plants in small spaces in our special issue of Healthy Green Thumbs: Link.