- Coloring utensils (pencils, crayons, markers)
A landscape is what a space that you’re in looks like. Imagine you’re sitting at a park looking around. There may be trees, a playground, flowers… these are all part of the landscape. This landscape has many different parts that make it so nice to be part of. Places can also have parts what make it not so nice to be a part of.
Today we’re going to talk about our Inner Landscape, and how we can work to make it a Mindful Inner Landscape that feels good to be a part of us. What you take in becomes part of you, and part of being mindful is noticing what we take in. This means what we take in to our bodies and our minds through our eyes, our breath, our ears, and our foods. There are so many ways we can make our Inner Landscape more Mindful, so we will just cover a few for examples. They will be short practices of awareness, or noticing, and challenges to try noticing more often throughout your week.
You can think of this Inner Landscape like a garden, with each practice planting seeds for beautiful things to grow. The more you practice what you learn, the more you water the sees and help them become part of your garden. This garden is what makes up your Mindful Inner Landscape because you are helping to grow what you want yourself to look like on the inside!
Today’s practice to get started is to draw your inner garden. Start by imagining a place you feel safe, calm, relaxed, and happy. It can be real or imaginary. Draw you Mindful Inner Landscape based on this place that you imagine, and maybe even add words to the drawing that say what you’d like to be part of you. Some examples might be kindness, love, happiness, peacefulness… the sky is the limit! This Mindful Inner Landscape can be your inspiration for the practices to come.