Oh my. It is quite the intense frenzy out there in the world of social media and news. Overwhelming, if you let it be. But maybe one of the best things you can do for yourself is to step away for a moment. Letting panic, rage, or despair overtake your heart does no one any good.
And one of the best ways to ground yourself? Get out in nature. We're having a colder spell in the northeast now, but don't let that stop you. Pull on those long johns and layer up, grab the hats and scarves and mittens. Get yourself somewhere where you can walk around in the woods, or by a field, or even just in a park if it's hard to get somewhere more removed. Get outside where the sunlight can bathe you, where the crisp air can move about you and kiss your cheeks.
The world is waiting to embrace us. Let yourself wander the paths through quiet stillness and let that stillness enter your soul. Listen to the occasional bird, or dream about the animals whose tracks you encounter. Look closely at little details that catch your eye. Shed the worry for a moment, shed the fear. If this doesn't come easily, focus on your breathing. Inhale slowly, exhale slowly. Take a moment to stand still, and count to five as you inhale, exhale for a count of eight. Notice the tension draining from your body as you exhale.
If you are in a place that is sufficiently private for you and you still feel rattled, keep doing the counted breathing, while placing one hand on your heart and the other on your belly. Feel the loving energy from your hands as your body responds to your soothing touch. If there is sun, turn to face it and bask in the solar glow as you breathe, maybe even closing your eyes and raising your face to meet the sun.
Of course these calming practices can be done anywhere, but the experience of doing them outside heightens their grounding power and magnifies the sense of deep connection we experience. It lets us feel ourselves as a part of nature, ties us to Mother Earth and opens us to receive her love.
As you finish your walk, renewed and refreshed, maybe let your hand caress a tree in love and solidarity. Whisper thanks to the branches that reach above us, for they show us how to stand tall and strong. Let your eye gaze out on this beautiful world with love.
May you find the calm center of power in your soul, dear birds.
With love from
The Tidy Thyme Crew