@silverpebble2 tweeted sometime ago about how research conducted at Exeter University has shown that spending even few minutes in nature can alleviate depression as part of #mentalhealthawarenessweek. I can personally vouch for it, having seen a number of times how engagement of nature and presence of sunshine can transform the most cranky or dispiriting mood. Even a simple act like following the seasonal changes in a tree (as I am doing with avocado tree in my compound!) or the joy of discovering a flower never seen before can take you out of the muddled maze of your thoughts and remind you of the bigger, mysterious, beautiful world beyond, filled with numerous discoveries to be yet made. Mindfulness, for me, is this, spending time in and with nature, reminding that we are all connected with one another and that whether tree or animal or human, we have and will always have our trials and tribulations. But here we are, surviving, going along our days and will continue to do so. I am grateful for the nature that I encounter and am surrounded by even in the city - and knowing that I just have to peek out of my balcony to hear the birds chat and almost touch the trees.