Summertime – Connecting to Earth’s Energy.

small standing meditaitonSummer has arrived!

The season when yang energy is the strongest and the main element is fire. It’s also a time of intensity both physically and emotionally.

Summer is the time when we head outdoors to play, garden, bike ride, swim, and enjoy the abundance of nature. It’s a time of action and movement. However, it’s important to find a balance between action and being.

In addition to action, summer is a great opportunity to connect with Mother Earth. Earth energy is powerful, healing, and grounding.

All my life, I have loved to walk barefoot on the earth. I love the feel of rich soil between my toes. I love the softness of grass on the bottom of my feet. I love walking in the sand at the beach. My feet feel happiest when they’re directly touching the earth.

If you aren’t like me and you don’t like walking barefoot on the earth, you can connect to the earth by doing a standing meditation in your backyard, in the park, or at the beach. It is very simple and very easy. The most important parts of this meditation are your breathing and attention or focus on your senses.

Here’s how you do it!

Stand with your bare feet about shoulder width apart. Let your arms hang by your side slightly away from your body. Create a little space between your fingers, keeping them relaxed.

Take a deep breath in through your nose and gently release it through your nose relaxing your neck, your shoulders and your entire body. Gently close your eyes, put your tongue on the roof of your mouth just behind your front teeth and wear a gentle smile on your face.

As you stand there, gently breathe in and out with an easy, smooth, and rhythmic breathing. Feel the air entering your nose and going down into your body and then feel the air gently leaving your body. Smell the earth, the plants, and the air. Just noticed the smells without judgment or labelling.

Focus on your feet, feel the earth below you. Feel the energy, the Qi, coming up from the earth entering the soles of your feet and percolating all way up your body. Notice how peaceful and grounded you feel.

Noticed the earth’s energy finding its way to the palm of your hand and entering through the energy points in your hand and flowing into your chest: connecting your heartbeat with Earth’s heartbeat

Standing in this posture for as long you feel comfortable, connecting with the powerful earth energy. When you are done rub your hands together generating heat and then run your fingers up alongside your nose with your palms covering your cheeks, eyes and down the sides of your face. Do this 3 times and then massage your ears from the top to the bottom, ensuring the entire ear rim is covered, do this 3 times.

Connecting with the earth’s energy in this way has been scientifically proven to help people sleep better, it can help reduce aches and pains from inflammation, it can improve circulation, and reduce stress.

The earth supports all our activities energetically, so getting connected with the earth is a great way to build your energy and ground your energy.

Try it and let me know what you experienced.