Take this opportunity to reconnect with your local area one step and one breath at a time…
The project takes two forms:
Loss and grief is a part of life but can be hard. At this time we are not only mourning the loss of loved ones but have also experienced a shift in how we live. This board, designed by local artist Rachel Tripp is for you to take a moment to write, share messages of positivity or encouragement and to find some joy and hope. Because you and how you feel matters.
The garden offers a quiet space for reflection, it was created by the community, for the community and everyone is welcome to come in and enjoy it.
In partnership with students from the mentoring scheme at UEL, we have developed an accessible website for use on your phone or tablet (or a paper sheet you can collect from the garden).
Each walk uses the garden as a starting point to encourage people to explore the nearby green spaces of Wanstead Flats, Manor Park Cemetery, West Ham Park and Forest Lane Park. The walking route guides you to five ‘pause points’ with a mindful activity based around the senses at each and a link to a meditation or short poem. These two interactive elements will encourage you to restore the connection between body and surroundings and promote a sense of wellbeing.
We can all feel a bit disconnected, lonely or on our own sometimes. Nature is one way of helping us to feel more connected with ourselves. Make a loop of the garden, walk slowly and take it all in. What do you notice? Find a quiet spot in the garden, pause for a moment and inhale and exhale deeply. Notice how your feet are connected to the ground. Rest your arms gently by your side. Scan your body slowly for areas of tension- areas of unrest or stress. Imagine roots, as if your body is a tree. Imagine roots extending from the soles of your feet reaching deep, deep, down into the ground. You may notice you have very thick roots that firmly pull you down. You may have some thinner roots that spread out to cover more area. Now breathe up through the roots- move your breath from the soles of your feet, up through your calves, and thighs. Feel the breath move through your legs up to the core of your body. Notice the connection your feet have with the earth. Bring your awareness into your breath and the feeling of being connected with the earth, and your roots that connect you to your surroundings.
Connecting with others: Who else is in the garden- could you share a smile or hello?
When you leave the garden, leave a message on the pick me up point blackboard,. You can even take a postcard of encouragement with you to share a pick me up for yourself or for someone you know.
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Kindly supported by: