CREATIVE WRITING IN NATURE
Writing is therapeutic. Writing in nature – meditative.
Writing helps to give direction to our thoughts. From clouds of voluminous chatter in the mind, words drop on to paper like gentle rain, turning into streams of sentences. These streams follow their own path to uncover what is hidden and discover what is waiting to be discovered. It is a way to ignite creativity, curiosity and a deeper enquiry into the self.
It’s about observing the nature outside and observing the nature within.
Writing about nature leads to an increased awareness of our surroundings. This simple activity is an exercise to enhance our attention and also become aware of our own state of being. Nature is a place where one can observe our outer and inner landscape. Every person has a unique way of perceiving life and things around them. You begin to discover this uniqueness when you channelise your memories and imagination in a creative way.
Writing in nature is also a way to reconnect to a calmer self. Putting words on paper brings us back into the present moment and by paying attention to our senses and breath we can reach a state of relaxed ease. When one is relaxed and calm, it is easier to get creative insights about the questions in our mind.
WRITING GAMES IN NATURE
Our mind is a forest of memories, ideas, and observations. Let us explore the power of words to rediscover the nature around us and the nature within us.
Given below is a list of simple writing games that can be incorporated into an engaging walk for all age groups. The aim of these games is to build your awareness and curiosity. We hope this practice leads you to calm, creativity and clarity.
- Senses: Pick any one of your senses. Describe your surroundings keeping only the chosen sense in focus.
- Objects: Choose any object in nature, create a riddle around it. Let others in the group guess what object you picked. Here’s a riddle for you. The answer is given at the very end of the article.
You can see me, but you can’t hear me.
You can feel me, but you can’t smell me.
What am I?
- Emotions: Take an emotion that you are feeling. Include it in a 3 line poem. Here’s an example.
- Characters: Pick the oldest tree around or a tree that is special to you. Spend time with it and write the story of its life.
Do share your poems, puzzles, stories or reflections from the nature walk on our Facebook group. In case you post your writing on social media, add these tags: #healingforest / #forestlearning. It will make it easier for us to find them.
Please share this article with friends who may find it of interest. Here’s a link to download some posters, in case you’d like to create an event for people in your city.
Fewer people are spending time in nature these days. This distance is affecting our health – as individuals, as a society and also as a planet. The intention of this idea is to bring nature back into conversations and inspire more people to connect with forests in creative ways. Let’s do this as a collective.
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We’d love to hear your thoughts, experiences, and suggestions for more writing games. Please add them in the comments section below to grow our collective learning.
p.s: Our answer to the riddle is ‘Sunlight‘. But in nature, there can be more than one right answer!