Coming Back To Nature
by Anthony William
In day-to-day life, we lose touch with our ground. Stress, worries, and concerns accumulate each day and take us further away from a connection with nature and thus further away from our roots. We are continually exposed to electromagnetic fields from cell phones and various other devices. We walk in shoes on concrete daily and further lose our connection to the earth. We face challenges which lead us away from the innate healing source of nature. All of these things are the opposite of grounding, and they aren't solid, yet they push us further into a mental frenzy to which we become accustomed and we forget that we come from the earth. To heal, we must touch the earth and allow it to touch us in body, mind, and spirit. In order to become grounded again, we need to incorporate nature into our lives. By saturating ourselves with nature, we regain a connection with the earth, which is our grounding mechanism.
Fortunately, there are many ways we can incorporate nature into our lives. By tapping into the healing power of nature itself, we can overcome various obstacles in our lives and nourish our being to set the ground for thriving health.
Touching the Earth With Yoga
Yoga practice is an excellent way to get back into our bodies and attain mental, physical, and spiritual health. Yoga is advantageous in that it can be practiced in any environment. Initially, we may become accustomed to practicing yoga in a room or a studio, which is fine, yet we can also take it outside and practice on the grass in bare feet. This puts us directly in contact with the earth and nature. The poses arise from nature, so it only stands to reason that they can be practiced in nature to realign our energy with it.
The grass or sand may seem like an unsteady footing at first, but in a short period of time you'll feel yourself relying on the ground that nature provides. Practice directly upon the earth itself (without a mat) in order to reap the full benefits and reconnect with nature. Mentally and physically plant your feet in the ground and become nature, then practice the poses of yoga as an extension of nature.
A beach is another excellent place for yoga practice and is considered a powerful form of meditation. Practice near the edge of the water and feel the waves dissolve tension and stress from your body. Breathe in the pure air and tap into the rhythm of the sea. Feel life infuse into your being and set you free from the chaos of the mind. Yoga practice in this environment balances the body and mind while having long-lasting positive effects on one's entire being.
Also try practicing yoga in a forest under canopies of trees. Think of the trees as your lungs and life, and sense the release this provides. Practicing yoga in nature has profound healing energy and it brings life to your body. You can recall this sensation in later practice sessions no matter where you are.
Gardening is another way we can easily feel a union with our natural environment. Through gardening we become one with nature and we become a part of the vibrant life which sustains us. The garden can be large or small—it doesn't matter. The point is to work with the soil and touch the ground. Secure your life force and strengthen it by working with the soil. The earth strengthens your life aura and your internal organs. The liver begins to detoxify and the organs become revitalized by the natural energetic detoxification provided by the earth and its soil.
The Healing Power of a Beach
Sitting on a beach is an ideal way to mentally be in nature. This is a meditation which the earth provides, and it does the work for us to align our minds with nature. As human beings we are constantly thinking too much and don't take the time to listen to other human beings. The power of nature gives back our ability to listen. As we sit on the beach in open-eyed meditation, we are directly in nature and we begin to truly hear again. We listen to the birds, the wind and waves, the seagulls, and every other sound which arises. Hear these sounds and allow them to permeate your spirit. Meditate with the waves of the sea and feel the waves take away fear, guilt, and doubt. Soak your feet in the water on the beach and it will clear away the static of daily life as it gives your ground back to you. Watch worries and fears dissolve away with the flow and rhythm of nature. Nature gives back a person's spirit, heart, and wellness, and a beach offers this healing platform freely to anyone.
Even if you don't have access to a beach on a regular basis, a single sitting of meditation on a beach can be recalled at any time in any place. This is a powerful meditation. Recall the sounds and senses experienced at a beach. You can do this in your own backyard and reap the benefits. Let the sun shine on you and use the power of your mind to take you back to the sensations of a beach. Imagine the waves rolling in and going back out to sea, taking your restlessness and anxiety away. Of course, anytime you do get the opportunity to meditate on a real beach, take it. Plan a trip to the beach. Collect some seashells or other objects from the beach to take back with you. Use these objects to bring the mind back to the healing power of the beach whenever you wish. Hold shells in your hands as you meditate, and experience the vibrant life and balance you felt when you were actually at a beach. This is a great way to take the healing power of the beach with you to places where there is no beach, whether it is in your own yard or even in a quiet room. By touching parts of nature, our bodies become aligned with it.
Connect With the Sunset and Sunrise
Watching the sunset is a powerful way to build trust. When the sun sets, you can trust that it will rise again. This is something that you can actually count on more than the busy lives of other people. Try watching the sunset in the evening, and then get up early to watch the sunrise. This simple meditation has profound healing effects and does wonders for the distrustful malaise caused by PTSD and other difficult challenges in life. By connecting with the sun, we restore our trust in the natural order of the world and we discover a reliable friend to guide us through each day.
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Even if you don't have access to a beach or you don't have a garden to work in or you don't practice yoga, the sun is always available. Spirit recommends 10 minutes of direct sunlight first thing in the morning, and another 10 minutes again in the afternoon. Take your shoes off and stand directly in the grass with your arms reaching up into the sky. Your arms are reaching to the heavens, your source of inspiration and life, while your feet are rooted in the earth, your source of nourishment. Like a tree, you are grabbing solar energy from the sky and rooting your body more deeply into the earth. Again, never underestimate the power of where you are to bring you back to nature. It is right outside your door at all times. Through a clouded sky you can still see and feel the light of the sun. A good way of looking at a clouded sky is to understand that things in life are not always clear, yet the source of light is always there. This restores real faith and brings balance to our lives.
Collect Stones From a Hike in Nature
Another way to get the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing power of nature into your life is to hold stones. Consider collecting your favorite stones while hiking on a nature trail. You may also wish to collect sticks. Any natural object that will bring back the memories of a natural environment will do, much like the seashells from a beach. Stones are an excellent way to continue this connection in any environment. You can bring them home and into the office to remind you of the times you spend in nature. Hold the stones during meditation and feel the grounding energy they hold and share with you. This aligns your energy with the earth regardless of the setting you're in.
Pieces of nature will always restore balance. PTSD can be healed by connecting back to nature. It's all about restoring trust, and nature is the most trustworthy source for healing energy in everyday life. Simply holding the stones you've collected, even for a few seconds, can restore balance and trust in life as a part of the natural cycles of the earth. Anytime we touch nature, we can feel life. Anytime we feel natural life, whatever the source, we become alive.
Trust in Nature
No matter how we find a way to connect with nature, the elements remain the same. It's a matter of touching nature in some way and doing so directly. Embrace life and don't run from it. Nature holds many keys to open, forgotten doorways. These doorways can be opened in many ways. Sit against the trunk of a tree or dig your toes into the sand or soil. Touch the leaves of plants and smell flowers. Watch life literally buzzing and crawling around you and truly become alive. Always remember your experiences with nature and hold them in your heart. Collect objects which represent these connections and you will never be truly alone. By gaining a connection with nature, we regain our ground and begin to understand our part in nature as a whole. It's all too easy to forget where we come from, and with these simple reminders we can become one with our environment rather than struggle against it.
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