Hola gorgeous goddesses!
A goddess wrote me a couple of weeks ago. I thought I’d share it – along with my answer. It might not be something that we Australians need to think about much – but I know many of the Northern Goddesses here are living in snow-white lands around this time of the year.
I was wondering if you have any suggestions for grounding in the snow. I have read your grounding poster and it is something that I would so love to do each and every day and also as you have suggested below – “Touch earth everyday with bare feet and hands.” – But that is hard when we are in the middle of winter here and it is below freezing with snow on the ground. BBBBRRRRRR, that would mean freezing feet. What can I do to ground instead?
I love the question, because it’s a Big One. Grounding is important – and what in heck does one do when that ground is covered with ice and snow?
A moment to acknowledge the purdy photo at the top of this post. It seemed like the perfect fit for this question. I took this photo of my hunky-Wise Man-love last year when it snowed here. It doesn’t snow here, so when it did have a freak burst last winter, we jumped in our jeep and headed for the mountains to play. We were standing in the snow just listening to the sound of quiet, to the sound of snowflakes rustling through the air. This photo was taken when I headed back for the car. I turned back to see my beautiful man, soaking in the moment, connecting with the earth. To meet, this symbolises how to ground even when it’s white and cold – with arms wide open, embracing this whole gorgeous world.
And that’s me getting totally carried away about the photograph. Now… onto tips on grounding while it’s icy.
The Bare Hands & Feet Thing.
To ground – you don’t NEED to have bare feet. If it’s warm enough, it’s delicious and gives you the extra joy of grass tickling your soles. But if it’s not – still take the time to go outside, and take some deep breaths outside.
The earth is a source of completely healing and rejuvenation for us. Try it out. Go outside, look outside, look at the earth, look at the sky and take ten deep breaths.
Helllooo complete-energy recircuit!
Visualise yourself grounded.
When you *visualise* something, you enact the same neurological responses as you would if you were *experiencing* it. Visualisation can work so powerfully in grounding. In larger women’s circles, we often use a grounding visualisation inside instead of having the whole circle troop outside to do it.
So, either sit down or stand with your legs apart. Take deep breaths down into your core, right down into your belly. Visualise yourself as a tree – your branches reaching into the sky, legs growing like roots into the Earth. Feel yourself deeply connected into the soil and earth. See yourself as a strong oak tree – the perfect balance between sky and earth. With this image in mind, take three deep breaths in and out through your core – visualising that you are inhaling and exhaling through your solar plexus. On your last exhale, exhale with a noise… like an “aaaaaaaaaaaaah.”
Give it a go, and see how it feels.
Play with it until you feel grounded, earthy, connected and centred.
Use a Tree.
You can also use actual trees to connect and ground because their roots go through the snow right into the earth. They are the perfect symbol of groundedness!
Is there a park you can go to that would give you a little bit of quiet space to connect with a tree? Even if you could pop down a plastic picnic mat and sit with your back against the tree for a few minutes, you can pick up on the energy, groundedness and strength behind you.
Different trees have different energies and medicines. There are a couple of great books that give the meanings and energies of trees – but as always, the knowledge, wisdom and intuition is right inside you. Give it a go. Listen. Feel. Experience. Trust. This is second nature to you.
And as always… let us know how you go! I’d love to hear your experiences and soul stories.
Passing the Talking Stick…
As always, I’d love for you to share your wisdom and stories by using the Talking Stick in the Comments Circle. If you’re a cold-climater – how do you connect with the Earth and ground when it’s snow white out?
I’ll see you tomorrow gorgeous Goddesses. Same time, same place. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a new Goddess in You artwork. Wee!
And have I mentioned recently that there’s something gorgeous and big in the works for GoddessLeonie.com? Watch this space possums!
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