Indeed, mindfulness helps you stay in-tine with your body and appreciate the everyday miracles in your life. But mindfulness takes practice -- and I've just discovered the most delightful way to remind people to stay mindful. Behold:
Game-ification aside, I've always found that the more I know about the world around me, the more aware and appreciative I am of my surroundings. This has been true whether I learned about California wildflowers, soil acidity in Yosemite, or coastal ecosystems.
Plus, it helped me identify one of the most gorgeous optical effects I've ever seen. On October 12, 2013, at 11:25 am, I saw a glory:
Cloudspotters must gain some elevation to add a glory to their collection of cloud optical effects, for this striking phenomenon is only seen with the sun directly behind you, as it casts your shadow onto a layer of cloud. The glory, which looks like a series of rainbow rings around a shadow, is produced by cloud droplets reflecting, refracting and diffracting sunlight, although the exact optics are not understood. Read more >
Anyway, I've had an enormous amount of fun and have become more mindful and weather predictive with the help of my Cloud Collector's Handbook, and recommend it as a gift to yourself or a loved one.