Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.
– Karle Wilson Baker
This year has been many things to many people, but I think we can all agree that it has been stressful. Chronic stress can have terrible consequences on our health. Exposure to nature has proven benefits helping relax the body and recharge the mind.
Time spent in nature helps balance out your body’s natural rhythms, it relaxes, and helps to renew and recover. With that in mind, we would like to invite you to explore Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s newest temporary exhibit Mindful Moments: a self guided meditative experience.
Starting at the Red Reef West access gate, we invite you to set aside a half hour to focus on yourself. Take a leisurely stroll through the coastal hardwood hammock. Notice the trees, focus on your breathing, take a moment to focus on your own wellbeing.
Mindful Moments consists of eight quotes from artists, scientist, writers, and naturalists, celebrating our interconnection with the environment. We hope you find inspiration and reflection reading these words and consider their meaning among the trees.
To accompany the installation, we have developed a companion e-book, that you can access through our website and bring with you on your journey. The companion self-guided tour includes directions for simple exercises to practice as you walk through the woods.
We hope this new experience will help bring some peace to you and our community. We are interconnected, neighbors and family, trees in a forest. Only together will we grow, only together will we persist.
Mindful Moments is the first of a series of self-guided tours to be offered on the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Grounds. Follow us on social media and check our website for new programs.
While visiting City of Boca Raton properties, we ask all guests to wear masks, maintain physical distancing of six feet, and best community health practices.