"Every age has its turn, every branch of the tree has to learn. Learn to grow, find it's way. Make the best of this short little stay...take your time, build a home, build a place where we can all belong"
- José González
Last week, I received an email from a mom and the subject line read, "In need of grounding and woo woo websites." Two of my favorite words! She was looking for some insight on seasonal shifts and how to help our bodies adapt, as well as our souls. The beautiful part was when she said, "I'm trying to change my life to something better, one that I truly want while I work full time and have less and less time for myself." We are all, and I love this!
My first contact with "the woo-woo" was when I was 19. We had a rocky family moment and I lost my shit. More or less. I was a driven, pre-med student with my eyes set on med school straight out of college, residency done by 29 and family started. When it all broke loose, I started to look for things that helped me understand the depth of life. Something bigger than myself that would help me heal.
I explored the new age phenomena in books and experiences. Yoga and meditation were two early practices that helped me pull the pieces back together again, and some therapy.
Even though I didn't go to med school, I pursued my intense interest in studying the origins of medicine, and how we heal as I continued throughout my college days. Ultimately, I graduated with a minor in holistic health and alternative medicine from a hippy school in Arizona. My major, education.
In order to dive into this question of grounding, connection with the earth, and seasonal changes I'm going to do a little series for the next couple weeks.
Each week, I'll add some websites to the posts that I go to regularly for insight, grounding, and connection.
The first go-to for me is something a teacher reminded me of recently, as life has been clipping by with opportunities and experiences that I never dreamed of experiencing. Sometimes, I've been completely overwhelmed an run down and this simple activity brought me back to center.
I have a teacher I've worked with for 10 years, she's taught and guided me through some incredibly hard years and beautiful ones too. The bright/messy years. Recently we talked and she said, "You have so many things coming at you all at once. Make sure you get outside, work in the garden, get your hands in the earth, go for a run, just be out and moving. It'll keep you grounded."
When I start feeling overwhelmed, outside I go. Sometimes I just sit or lay on the ground, and breathe. Other times I work in the garden, go for a run, do something in the yard or walk around, but also I take the time to stop, look up and absorb the energy (yep, woo-woo) that is the sunlight coming through the trees as they change colors or the wind rustling through the trees.
Not rocket science, or even something you don't know, but if I had to be reminded I bet it helps you to have the reminder too. So many of us right now busy ourselves and it gets too hard to stop, and give ourselves time to just be.
Try it this week if you feel frazzled. Take yourself outside and ground down.
Regular go-to-woo-woo websites:
Chani Nicholas (astrology)
Georgia Nicols (like having your grandmother tell you about the stars; she's awesome!)
Vidya Living (ayurveda, yoga, coolness factor on high, love Claire and what she offers)
The Local Rose (Shiva Rose's blog + follow her IG, she's lovely)
Do you have any simple grounding techniques you love? Let us know in the comments below.
More on this topic next week! Until then, shine on and have a beautiful week.