It’s summer time. Most schools are out for summer vacation. Family reunions, heading to the beach, sailing, swimming in the lake or city pools — all activities we now look forward to, especially for those of us who live in climates with about three or four months of warm weather a year. This is OUR time to be outside.
It is in this time of year that we connect with the earth – on the ground, on or in the water, in the sky. Although it might not be conscious I believe we innately feel more centered and grounded when we physically and mentally connect with the natural elements around us and with the natural rhythms of nature.
This week I suggested two activities to my Tai Chi students:
1. Take some time to be outside and do Tai Chi near a tree. Feel rooted, tall, sturdy and very alive.
2. Walk barefoot in the grass. Those of us who live among the green-leafed trees and green grass can continually pull up earth energy from the soil below. If you have ever walked with bare feet on the grass, you will feel energized and refreshed, just thinking about it. Your connection with the earth is real, feeling the nourishing grass needles and soil filling you up.
It makes no difference whether or not you are a Tai Chi student. Be intentional and find some time to literally connect with the earth. Let your bare feet move through the grass, feel the rich soil that supports and feeds you. Ah, a calming experience that will put you into the moment. Feel stable and centered. You will be glad you did.