Practices for Getting Rooted

walking in the grass

Our roots anchor us when so much of our busy lives can displace us.

Simple is always going to feel better to our spirit than busy, complicated, and overwhelmed.

Walking barefoot always feels better than with shoes on.

My Practices for Getting Rooted

  1. Simplify your schedule. Say “no” more often. Create a schedule that gives you space and allows you to get what you need done. One thing you can do is schedule this time in. I write on my schedule things like “Beth Time.” This way I am more likely to honor that time.
  2. Create a self-care routine. Routine creates balance and makes us happy. We all have a routine that when we are busy we easily forget. Getting rooted means adding some element of a self-care routine into our daily lives. For me it’s my morning tea and journal followed by some asana.
  3. Eat grounding foods. Some foods lighten and others ground. I need grains to feel grounded and connected to Earth. I also need unctuous comfort foods to feel nourished. Get connected to the Earth by eating healthy, organic, wholesome and nourishing foods for your body.
  4. Plant your bare feet on the Earth. We all need more time to feel the Earth beneath our feet—not pavement. When we connect to the Earth’s energy we reconnect to ourselves.
  5. Getting Rooted Meditation.
    Start in a comfortable cross-legged position, sitting on blankets, a meditation cushion or sit outside in nature. Close your eyes and allow your organs of perception to be quiet and passive. Become aware of your breath spending a few moments connecting to yourself. As you breathe bring your awareness to your exhale. Allow the exhale to be longer than your inhale so that the exhale releases tension throughout the body. Next, bring your attention to the base of your spine at the tailbone. Imagine roots reaching down through the Earth grounding you to the core of the Earth’s energy. Now, bring that energy up through those roots all the way up your spine to the crown of your head. Pause. On your next exhale allow Earth energy to flow back down from the crown of your head all the way back down the spine. Release all that is no longer needed. You can continue to practice in this way, or come back to regular breathing.

You can listen to the meditation below. :

P.S-This is my first attempt at adding a recording here. I will say my gratitude now to Mercury for being kind and graceful on this first attempt.

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Recently, I had my chart read by a Vedic Astrologer (Jyotish). It was accurate, enlightening, and left me settling into its prescriptions. Yes, prescriptions used to change the energy of the planets in your chart that may cause potential problems. For example, wear white on Saturday, and buy flowers on Friday. I love that I will now be buying flowers for myself on Friday. For the last x-amount of days, I have blamed everything on one planet-Mercury. I was teaching yoga stumbling over my words-prime Mercury Retrograde poor communication snafu. Poor Mercury, but poor all of us for it’s retrograde-like-ways causing computer glitches, communication foibles, and other fiery encounters; however, it has been full of lessons. In Vedic Astrology Mercury doesn’t go retrograde. This is refreshing, and relieves my own personal story with Mercury Retrograde. This is all tangential to my real post on prayer.

Prayer. Prayer is like bread, it is the foundation to all the possibilities, and manifestations that may become reality-the luxurious butter that you slather on top to make it rich with goodness. Prayer works. People have been known to radically heal with the power of prayer. Prayer can transform our lives or another’s. Praying is a conduit to the ears of the divine. A prayer can save you. Sometimes all we may have left in our toolkit is a simple prayer. When we pray we are not just praying for ourselves, yet extending love out to everyone experiencing life as we may be in that moment. It raises the vibration of the collective consciousness.

I grew up praying at night, every night. I had no idea why. No one ever told me to pray. I just prayed.  Throughout my life, praying has brought me many blessings and comforted me when I felt like I had nothing left. Prayer continues to be apart of my daily practice, and is more important than any other. Prayer is the one practice that has no rules– no proper way of sitting or bowing, no proper placement of your right or left hand, and no guiding principles. All you have to do is pray and know that you are being heard.

Tonight, I pray for all children whose lives are taken by violence. I pray that there may be peace.

 

 

Mercury.

I must be honest this Mecury retrograde has been quite the whirlwind, and with the full moon and lunar eclipse happening, phew. I’ve decided to sit, sit in what’s happening. Sometimes, this is all we can do. It’s that old adage, when you don’t know what to do, do nothing. Lately, I’m keenly observing patterns, my own that is, in relationships with others, with the stories I tell myself, with how I’ve lived my life. My life coach has helped me get clear on how these things are holding me back from living my truth and dreams. It’s been fun and well exhausting. You can’t hide from your shadow, you must meet it. I mean it’s there  to serve a purpose, to teach us–right. Well, in the spirit of this retrograde, I’m meeting these patterns and saying goodbye, and transforming them. I’ve had them for quite some time (especially the one where I give so much that I have nothing left-ugh), and they are making me ache in places…like my heart and my knee.  Sometimes transformation feels like a hurricane on the inside—okay I’m being dramatic, but it can create a stir until it settles and your on the other side. And, honestly, all I want to do during these times is supta badha konasana, savasana…and eat chocolate.