How to reconnect with nature in Spring
Spring is a time of renewal, growth, and rejuvenation. As the world awakens from its winter slumber, so too can we reawaken our connection to nature and rewild ourselves. Rewilding is the process of reconnecting with our natural environment and returning to a wild and free way of living. Here are six ways you can rewild yourself this spring.
Spend time in nature this spring
The first step in rewilding yourself is to spend time in nature. Find a local park or nature reserve and take a walk. Listen to the birds singing, feel the sun on your face, and breathe in the fresh air. Take time to notice the small details, like the new buds on the trees or the flowers starting to bloom. The more time you spend in nature, the more connected you will feel to the natural world around you.
Plant a spring garden
One of the best ways to rewild yourself is to get your hands dirty and plant a garden. Whether you have a large backyard or just a tiny balcony, you can create a space for plants to grow. Start with easy-to-grow herbs like basil, mint, and rosemary, or try your hand at growing vegetables like potatoes, salad plants and climbing beans. Planting a garden not only connects you to nature, but it also provides fresh, healthy food for you and your family.
Wear spring inspired jewellery
Wearing jewellery that connects you to a certain feeling, place or person is a powerful personal ritual. Jewellery that has a special meaning in this way becomes a potent talisman for the wearer. When you adorn yourself in sacred symbolism, it is a way to keep close signs of spring and nature wherever you go. Jewellery is a way of ritually dressing yourself the same way you might a sacred altar. With this ritual, you become a living altar to honour the season.
Forage for spring wild edibles
Part of rewilding is learning to live off the land. Take a foraging class or do some research with recommended books to learn about the wild edibles in your area. You may be surprised at how many plants are edible and nutritious. Dandelion greens, for example, are high in vitamins A and C, and can be used in salads or sautéed like spinach. Wild Garlic is a favourite in spring and can be added to soups, salads or made into a pesto.
Embrace natural movement in spring
In our modern world, we spend a lot of time sitting in chairs and staring at screens. Rewilding yourself means embracing natural movement and getting back to the way our bodies were designed to move. Try taking a barefoot walk on a natural surface like grass or sand, or practice yoga or other bodyweight exercises outside. Embracing natural movement not only improves your physical health, but it also connects you to the natural world around you.
Connect with a community
Finally, rewilding yourself is not something you have to do alone. Find a community of like-minded people who are also interested in rewilding and connecting with nature. Join a hiking club, attend a foraging workshop, or start a gardening group in your neighbourhood. Connecting with others who share your passion for nature will help you stay motivated and inspired on your rewilding journey.