Our latest Author, Ian Banyard, shares his passion for Nature and Mindfulness in his new book, Natural Mindfulness. Join Ian on his writing journey and discover some great writing tips too.
What inspired you to write this book?
I am passionate about sharing the message that we need to reconnect with Nature in a mindful way. When we connect to something, we care about it and want to protect it. By disconnecting from Nature we have also disconnected from a part of ourselves – our true nature. Knowing that my book can share this message with a global audience inspired me to write it.
What exactly is Natural Mindfulness?
As I say in the book, I prefer to suggest what Natural Mindfulness ‘could be’ rather than claim to know definitively what it is. I believe our deep connection with Nature and our true nature is a unique experience for each of us. Rather than tell people what it is, I invite the readers to set out on a journey to discover what it is for themselves.
How have your Natural Mindfulness walks been received?
Since launching my first guided walk in Summer 2014, interest has rapidly grown. I have had interest from all over the world. There is a group of wonderful ladies just outside Lima City in Peru who are guiding walks, based on Natural Mindfulness walks and I’ve been invited to Finland in the Summer (2018) to guide walks at the International Forest Therapy Days Retreat. I also have a very active community on Social Media that is growing worldwide where we share events, articles, photographs and videos promoting Nature Connection.
This is your first book, how would you describe your writing experience?
I wrote the book using the same approach I used to develop my Nature Connection business – intuitively. When it felt right I would write, when it didn’t feel right I stopped and did something else. A lot of the inspiration and words came to me while walking in Nature and in the early hours of the morning when my mind was clearer and quieter. I made videos and had a notebook by my side constantly to capture the ideas when, and if, they came.
How long did it take you to write your book?
It’s been over 2 years since I first put pen to paper. With rewrites and some long breaks in between.
Do you stick to a timetable when it comes to writing?
No. My intuition and insight doesn’t work well under the pressure of a timetable.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Finishing off! My challenge is I have a changeable mind and want to constantly rewrite, update and improve the book. Of course with that approach a writer would never finish.
Having gone through the process of writing a book, what advice would you give to anyone who is currently writing, or thinking of writing their first book?
Love what you write about.
Get to know your subject really well.
Trust that if the book has value it will flow out of you when the time is right.
Find a publisher who gets you and your message.
Enjoy talking to people about your book and get excited about it so that others can tap into that excitement too.
What other writing projects do you have coming up, if any?
I have two projects.
One is a story for young boys about a hermit crab who overcomes a series of fears and insecurities in order to leave the security of his shell and discover his true nature. I’ve had the idea for over 15 years! The other came to me in a dream and took less than an hour to write. Both feel right to get published; my first book leads the way.
Ian’s book, Natural Mindfulness will be available from July 2018. Ian will also be appearing at the Avebury Literary Festival on 28th and 29th July. Contact The Henge Shop for more details – https://www.hengeshop.com/.
If you’d like to know more about Ian’s Natural Mindfulness walks then do visit his website https://www.ianbanyard.com/home/ for more details.