With the sun shining this morning we are inviting you to try a little grounding exercise, in the most literal sense of the word.
Find an open space somewhere on the grass, sand, or woody ground of the redwood forest and lay your body down in the space, on your back. If you can’t lay down, just sit comfortable or stand, preferably barefoot on the Earth.
Then close your eyes and sink into the ground. With your mind’s eye travel down through the surface into the soil or rock beneath you. Investigate the lithosphere; imagine what each layer of Earth’s crust looks like. Navigate the horizons of soil. See the size of each grain of sand and pebble. The colors of clay, the textures of rock, intertwined roots, worms and insects and burrowers trail’s, until you reach the bedrock. Try to get very specific in your vision.
Take this moment to get as still as the bedrock itself, where the subtlest shifts can be discerned. Feel the safety and comfort of this quiet place, and the history buried in these layers.
What did you notice most on this journey? Remember you can return to this silence and darkness whenever you need it. Sometimes burrowing inside helps us to gain more clarity so that we can emerge more settled, into the light.
We’d love to see you at our next Thrive: EcoGrief and Anxiety Circle on Sunday, May 23rd from 11am – 12:30pm. Find more info at the link in our bio.
Photo of rock from Trinidad Beach by @animate.earth