Self-Love Challenge: Week 12: Ground Yourself in Nature
13-Week Self-Love Challenge
Week 12: GROUND YOURSELF IN NATURE
PREVIOUS WEEKS IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM:
INTRO TO WEEK 12:
Ahhhhhh, grounding. Our foundation.
How stable we feel with our emotions.
The base root of our chakras.
Why is it important and how do we ground ourselves?
GROUND YOURSELF IN NATURE:
Whether you’re a building or a human being, you’ll need a strong foundation before you can build on top of it. Or else what? You’ll crumble.
Just like buildings need a lot of concrete and posts, humans need a lot of love, food, and shelter.
If you feel off kilter and need a starting point, nature has been proven to be one of the most consistent grounding techniques.
How do you know if you need to become grounded or not?
Well, my answer is simple. If you become stressed and/or distracted easily, just go through the motions day to day, and feel like you’re in a desperate need to recharge, then you need to learn how to stay grounded.
Being grounded means being fully aware of all of your surroundings and your senses.
We have two homes: our bodies and this Earth. Take care of them and utilize them.
Maybe all you need to do is take your shoes off and wiggle your toes in the sand or grass.
Or maybe you’re a little more adventurous and want to go on a long hike. Just make sure that you have physical contact with our Earth along the way (touching trees, leaves, soil, etc).
Beginning to ground yourself in nature is doing literally anything that comes into contact with our planet. Such as swimming in the ocean or merely running your hand through a stream of water. Or touching leaves, rocks, or soil.
Now, understand how you feel doing those activities. What do you feel, smell, hear?
Your grounding technique could be as simple as sitting outside and meditating. Sit on the grass or a large rock, close your eyes, breathe in the fresh air, and say a few mantras/affirmations.
Mantras are short sayings that you repeat to yourself. Such as: I am grounded. I am safe. I am confident. I am loved.
Repeating these as well as deep breathing will enhance your grounding experience.
Notice what sensations you feel during this practice. Soak it all in.
Needless to say, grounding doesn't have to be anything extravagant. All it takes is a little bit of time to reconnect with yourself and the Earth.
It only takes a few minutes a day to connect with nature. Yet, the enlightening feeling will stay within you all day.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION FOR WEEK 12:
Grounded, by Nancy M. Dahl
GOALS FOR WEEK 12:
Try meditating outside for at least 5 minutes.
Connect with nature however you can around you. Go to the beach and wiggle your toes in the sand or swim in the ocean. Head to a grassy park and take your shoes off to walk around.
Find “your spot” in your neighborhood or town. A quiet place in nature you feel comfortable going to often to practice grounding techniques.