Conscious breathing: while walking, focus on your breathing. Feel your body. What kinds of scents do you smell, what do you see? Like this, you will be fully present in your body. You can integrate this exercise later on in your day-to-day life.
Awareness: be aware of your feelings before and after the hike. What has changed? Just recognize it.
Sharpen your senses: what shades of green do you notice, how blue is the sky? Are you aware of the different patterns of leaves, blossoms, roots and barks? How does it feel to hold the sun-drenched stone in your hands? Can you smell the hay and the freshly cut grass? Do you feel the coolness of the forest on a hot summer evening? Do you hear the song of the blackbird? When was the last time that you walked barefoot? The moist forest soil feels differently than the dry tree trunk that you can balance on…
Times of stillness: try hiking in silence – you will see how fulfilling this is.
Digital detox: switch off your smart phone.
Cloud watching: lay down on the lawn and watch the clouds – this is a very relaxing exercise that I still remember from childhood.
Tree hugging: have you ever tried it? It is amazing, really!
Embrace all seasons: get yourself out there and experience every season – this will bring you closer to the natural rhythms of life. Like that, you may be able to feel spring in the midst of autumn.