Sometimes I think what I do is really niche. That only a few people feel disconnected from the rest of life and want to find ways of reconnecting. That a small minority are interested in doing something different with their time in nature, realising that there’s so much deeper they can go. That only some see the relevance of nature to mindfulness and vice versa.
This may be true to some extent, but when over 60 people came to my ecotherapy session at Innocent’s festival last weekend, I was reminded that it’s much less niche than I thought. And this fits with what I see clearly happening in the world: people everywhere are waking up and smelling the raindrops.
The Green Party recently had its first ever outright victory in a German state election. Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are the first heavyweight politicians in decades, in their respective countries, to show a genuine respect for people and planet. In 2008, 35 million people tuned into a series of webinars with spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle. US statistics show a steady increase in pet ownership over the years.
All these things are signs that more and more people are craving a more harmonious, mindful, connected existence. You are not alone. You may be looking for more peace as an individual, but you’re also part of a global movement. And every time we practise mindfulness, appreciate a tree or connect with another animal, we add to the momentum.
To our freedom,
Founder of Smell The Raindrops
P.S. The next ecotherapy workshop is this Sunday at 11am in Primrose Hill. See here for more info.