We will meet at the Keālia Pond Coastal Boardwalk entrance for an introduction to mindfulness. Then, we will proceed walking the length of the tranquil walkway through the bird sanctuary in a guided mindfulness meditation practice and continue our mindfulness practice seated at the end of the boardwalk for 15 – 20 minutes bathing in the vibrant energy of this exquisite setting. Participants are encouraged on the return walk to enjoy the self-guided interpretative exhibits on the boardwalk to learn about the many native and visiting birds to these coastal wetlands. From the parking lot, please allow up to 1.5 hours total for the excursion. Please bring a hat, sunscreen, something warm to wear in case of wind or rain, a water bottle and small cushion or towel for sitting if desired. The walk will be canceled in case of excessive rain or flooding.
Guided Mindfulness Meditation at the Coastal Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
KEĀLIA POND MINDFULNESS WALK
According to Perspectives on Psychological Science, mindfulness meditation is defined as “the nonjudgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment.”
Mindfulness meditation allows the practitioner to become a passive observer of experience and phenomenon. It is particularly effective for reducing addictions, mindless consumerism, and self-sabotage through the development of an increased capacity for present-moment-centered awareness and self-acceptance. It provides a container for sitting with difficult emotions and empowers us to step out of old, habitual patterns of reaction and fear based on past programming.
When practiced in wild nature settings, mindfulness meditation facilitates an opportunity to tap into the vibrant life force energy all around us that we would less likely perceive in ordinary, linear modes of thinking and communication. In a state of mindfulness, we open ourselves up to perceiving signals, inspiration, and the healing life force energy of the entire natural world.
In the field of Transpersonal Ecopsychology, awareness practices such as mindfulness, meditation, and yoga are fundamental to healing the relationship between human society and the natural world. These practices teach us how to step out of the cultural framework of dualism which is the foundation of all conflict. By cultivating peace of mind, regularly, we become conscious of our thoughts and actions and thereby are empowered to make healthier environmental choices. Developing awareness of the inner workings of the mind helps bring subconscious wounds and buried programming to the surface so we can nurture them and be empowered to make new, healthier choices in our lives.
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