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Summer is the perfect time to deepen your grounding practice so it becomes a habit. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of tasks, obligations, and distractions. You might even be feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or disconnected from your own life.
Grounding and centering are mindful practices that help bring your awareness back into the present moment, and feeling anchored in your own body and surroundings. This state is powerfully effective in managing stress, cultivating a sense of emotional well-being, and enhancing inner peace.
It requires a deliberate effort to slow down, tune out distractions and focus on what’s happening right now.
And it’s really not hard to do! It’s as easy as taking your shoes off and feeling. the earth under your feet. Being present when you’re outside, listening to the birds, observing the sunlight filtering through the leaves of trees, feeling the gently caress of the wind. Being conscious of your breath as you take in fresh air. The key is to focus your attention on the present moment and your connection to nature, enhancing your sense of being in the here and now.
Here are some other ways you can enhance your summertime grounding…
Beach Meditation: The beach is a serene environment, perfect for grounding and centering. Being barefoot on the sand, allowing the texture and warmth of the sand under your feet, helps to root you into the present moment. It’s easy to be lulled by the water despite any background noise.The sound of the waves can also help to slow down your thoughts, making it easier for you to focus and be present.
Sunrise or Sunset Yoga: Engage in some gentle yoga during sunrise or sunset. (Qigong or tai chi work as well.) Connecting your breath with each movement helps to ground and center you, and the sun’s energy can increase this connection. Embrace and honour the light of the sun at either of these times.
Forest Bathing: This Japanese practice involves spending time in nature, specifically in the forest, and soaking in all the forest’s sights, sounds, and smells. Summer is the perfect time to try this out as the weather is generally more favorable. The act of being fully present in nature can be incredibly grounding and centering, and can clear your aura.
Gardening: There’s something about putting your hands in dirt as you nurture your garden that feeds the soul. You might be surprised that it nurtures you too.
Feel free to adjust these practices to suit your preferences and needs. The key is to focus your attention on the present moment and your connection to nature, enhancing your sense of being in the here and now.