When biologists want to count how many different plants there are in an area, they throw something called a quadrat onto the ground.
A quadrat is a wood or metal frame, about 2ft square, divided into smaller squares.
Then the biologist looks at what’s in the quadrat. They count the different species and how much space each species takes up.
Why am I telling you this?
Because the act of looking closely at something – especially if that something is in the natural world – is a great way to “get out of your head.”
We’re so often busy with our own concerns – our thinking mind is making plans, considering options, generating fears and remembering regrets – that we fail to actually “look” at anything.
But when we do step out of our minds and carefully look at something, we get a kind of release.
So next time you’re out and about, look at a small patch of ground, the bark of tree or the leaves of a plant.
Really look at them.
Then you notice there’s a whole world in a patch of ground and – for a few brief minutes – you gain a new perspective on your life.