Mindfulness Tip on the Week"
Take off your shoes and socks, and stand outside on the bare ground or sidewalk. This is great to do inside your house too. Just make contact with whatever "ground" is underneath you. Feel the support and solidity of the grass, soil, sidewalk or floor. Notice texture. Notice temperature. Tune into gravity, the invisible force pulling your feet and whole body to this Ground of Being. Feel the connection place between the bottoms of your feet and the ground. Feel the connection between your legs and the ground, then your spine, your whole trunk including your arms and hands, all the way up to your head. Spend a few moments being here with full body connection, just breathing and resting. When you are ready, you can try taking a mindful step. You can keep taking steps with this grounded energy, until you are walking back to whatever is next, feeling nourished by the ground that is both underneath you and IN you.
Here's a brief meditation you might want to try outside sometime:
Close your eyes and breath deeply. Feel the supporting soil underneath. Imagine roots stemming out from the base of your spine and into the core of the earth. Reach as far down as you can imagine, fractal roots surrounded by and connected to Mother Earth. Spend a few breaths embodying this strong, supportive energy. This connection is always available to you. Return to your heart center and send your blessings of gratitude to mother earth out into the world.
“Emerging evidence shows that contact with the Earth—whether being outside barefoot or indoors connected to grounded conductive systems—may be a simple, natural, and yet profoundly effective environmental strategy against chronic stress, inflammation, pain, poor sleep, and many common health disorders, including cardiovascular disease.” – Dr. Frank Sinatra, Research from the Journal of Environmental and Public Health.
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