How to do it | takes 2-4 minutes
Repeated Patterns Exercise Audio
Repeated Patterns Exercise Text
Step 1: Stand or sit in an area where you have good view of an entire tree fern (we have provided a picture of what this tree looks like).
Step 2: Take your time to notice the how the entire fern is mostly made up from the same basic shape repeated over and over again. Notice how the large leaves (fronds) of the fern have the same patterns for each leaf.
Step 3: Now look more closely at the leaves and see how they are made up smaller copies of themselves. See how they are replicating the same pattern across the leaf.
Step 4: Now move closely to a fern, feel its texture and look at the very smallest leaflet on the end. How does it feel?
Step 5: Look around your immediate area. What other types of repeated patterns can you find?
Stay with viewing patterns as long as you like but aim between 2-4 minutes.
How will it make you feel?
Nature offers a wide range of repeated patterns such as snowflakes, plant leaves, tree branches, forests, ocean waves, river systems, coastlines, clouds and galaxy clusters. EEG (electroencephalogram) and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans of the brain show that when viewing nature’s patterns there is an increase alpha wave activity and an increase in activity in the part of the brain that regulates our emotions. Users of this exercise will feel an increase in calm and the feeling of rest. It has even been suggested that this exercise has same effect on us emotionally as listening to Beethoven or Brahms!