The old Saxon definition of ground is “deep place”. With this perspective, we can think of ground as the layers of Earth beneath our feet, what gives us a sense of solidness, a sense of calm and clarity, our foundation, our bodies, our homes and the richness of the stories where we live...
Our perceptions of ground and how we engage with the different aspects of it, creates the basis for our realities. How we live, is a reflection of how we honor the Earth, our bodies, other people and the more-than-humans that we share our home with. Make the way you live your life a protest, an example, an embodiment of what you stand for.
As we draw near to the end of this extremely challenging year, I invite you to join me in finding more space & ways to Honor our layers of Ground in sustainable & regenerative ways. This path will look different for each of us. Finding more time to listen, to explore the layers of embodiment, learning to be ok with stillness & boredom, spending more time in nature, repurposing, buying used or borrowing when you can, offering to share more with your neighbors & community. Rediscovering or exploring a craft or creative expression or skill that is engaging and fun...even if you feels like it is “not productive”. Invite in more laughter, smiles and gratitude for what we have.
This winter we have been spending more time reading, drawing with crayons, cooking & baking, renewing ourselves, embracing the dark (which is still so uncomfortable for me at times), storytelling, learning to play the piano, learning intentional mending and exploring the Pacific Northwest. We’re finding more creative ways to honor what is important to us...to connect to the deep places within ourselves, our home and the Earth.
One way to begin to open to the energies and wisdom of the ground is to play with gravity and your responses to her. Below is a basic standing meditation. I encourage to listen and carry the practice on a walk and have check-ins while through out your day, like when you are doing dishes, cooking, cleaning or in a meeting...
Below are my article contributions and podcasts...
MoveOnPast podcast, episode 8
~honoring space to hear my inner knowing
~enhancing our awareness
~the benefits of a flow & restore practice
~we need to stay curious as yoga teachers
~small moments of stillness to carry me through the day
~elephant journal contributions...
~how my flow & restore practice has helped me relinquish old stories
~cultivating intentional rest through restorative yoga