What Is The Wild Wonder Exercise?
The WWE is a practical start to consciously & very easily integrating & interacting more with the world around us and all of the other incredible, wild creatures that we get to share our outdoor spaces with. It goes like this...
SETTING OURSELVES UP FOR THE SESSION
As an attendee you just need to be sitting either: A. Indoors (looking out of the window at either a plant or tree or flower that is close enough that you can see it clearly OR, if it is likely to remain to be looked at for a full 20 mins, a bird or other animal (again, outside). B. If it’s not raining and you can sit outdoors, just have picked a plant or tree or flower that is close enough that you can see it clearly OR, if it is likely to remain to be looked at for a full 20 mins, a bird or other animal (again, outside).
It’s a 1 hour session - on zoom, sometimes on video and sometimes just on audio, as we turn video off to focus on the outside world, during the exercise itself - that is structured as follows...
WE ARE NATURE/WILD BEINGS
I (Alana) chat about the fact that we humans are born from our planet and therefore ARE nature (and what this truly means - in a very practical sense - and how it impacts and can structure our whole world view/way of life).
BREATHING/GETTING PRESENT WITHIN OUR WORLD
I'll lead us all through a short breathing exercise.
WILD WONDER EXERCISE
I take everyone through the Wild Wonder Exercise, which is like this (although the exercise is so powerful and unique for each of us, so you are invited to find out for yourself)...
1. You start by choosing a life form (a tree, a flower, a bird, a spider or whomever you choose to focus on) and commit to starting from scratch with that animal/botanical creature.
2. Then, think of yourself as a 'wild creature' and think of the creature in front of you as a 'wild creature' and see what new observations and interactions spring up with and about the creature…
3. This is a one of a kind experience and only if you take part in this exercise will you fully be able to comprehend what this experience is like (and it is unique for each of us). My experience - as I have practiced this exercise over the last 7 years - has been that the life form (tree or bird for example) becomes freshly more alive in front of me: a fresh vibrancy, stronger colours and new observations and ideas about the creature I am focused on. (It is not spiritual, not for me anyway. It is just a potent feeling of getting to have a moment - however brief - without judgement and without labels and assumptions shaping, limiting & often blinding me to the life form that I truly see before me). I wonder what this exercise will be like for you?
SHARING OUR WILD EXPERIENCES
We will spend the last 20 minutes sharing & chatting about what the experience was like for each of us and I will make sure that everyone has the tools to go away and do the Wild Wonder Exercise themselves.
[I WILL PROVIDE - THROUGH THE SESSION - SOME HELPFUL NOTES TO HELP YOU RELAX AND RELISH THE WORLD AROUND YOU. MOSTLY YOU WILL BE SUPPORTED AND SAT WITH IN SILENCE.]
"It was the most beautiful 20 mins of my last week." Alison Pilling
"This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to take part in a Wild Wonder session, where the wonderful Alana introduced us to a beautiful mindful practise. Taking the gentle prompts given, it was easy to fall into a peaceful place and really appreciate the world around me. Alana has a fantastic ability to create and nurture calming focus. After the practise had come to an end, the warm, grateful feeling I was grounded in continued and left me with a profound sense of connection to the world around me. I’m very looking forward to seeing what magic comes next from Wild Wonder x." Ash Bovey
"I am so grateful to have participated at such a unique session under the name “wild wonder”, which by itself alone, triggered off my curiosity and set me in a mood of exploration…. I loved the practice of dropping relevant words, thoughts, sentences… It brought to my awareness a completely new dimension of observing and connecting to the world around us. I reflected a lot after the session of this unique experience and happily shared with friends and family.” Eugenia Papadaki (Crete)