Happy Earth Day 2020! What is our relationship with Mother Earth? What could we be more conscious of, in protecting this very planet that keeps us alive?
Even as we stay home, it is possible to stay connected with the Earth, by way of our body. If we look closely inside ourselves, we will know that our body is not separate from the Earth, and instead is a part of it. In a way, we are this Earth, and this Earth is us.
Please join me in a short and simple practice of grounding to the Earth. It is best to do this barefoot.
1. Adopt a stable standing posture, with your feet hip-distance apart. Keep your posture upright and wakeful, and allow the shoulders to relax.
2. Become aware of the space around the body, and get a sense of the entire body breathing in and out.
3. Rest your attention at the top of the head, then bring your attention down gently through the length of the body, and all the way down to the bottoms of the feet.
4. Notice the soles of the feet in contact with the floor. Pay attention to the toes; the ball, arch and heel of each foot; the texture and temperature of the floor; the weight of the body resting on the feet, and the feet resting on the ground.
5. After a few moments, take a deep breath in, and exhale.
About The Author
MiMo founder Erin Lee is a Mindfulness Coach and MBSR Teacher at Mindful Moments, and advocate of mindfulness as the way of life. She conducts the classic 8-Week MBSR Program, as well as the 8-Week MBSR Workplace Program.
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