January 17, 2021, 02.49 PM

Yet that, says Bütow, is not in keeping with the way many of us live.

"It has become a bad habit these days that we take ourselves out of nature. We are part of nature way more than we pretend to be. Nature is where we came from. But we have totally detached ourselves from that."

He says breathing exercises can help us reconnect because through our breath we are in constant contact with the outside world.

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"We just have to remember this connection, which will help us to see ourselves as part of nature."

Slowing down to help the planet

For many, the pandemic has brought our mortality into sharp relief, serving as a reminder that there are no guarantees.

Restricting what we can do, where we can go, and how we can keep ourselves occupied, has also made our worlds smaller, forced us not only to adopt a less hectic pace but in many cases to take a genuine pause. And that, says Jenny White, can reap rewards.

"Once you give yourself that time to pause and breathe, you will become kinder and softer and more understanding when it comes to your own shortcomings and difficulties. And this will make you more compassionate and understanding when it comes to other people and their needs, and ultimately also our planet's needs."

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