Holding On in Challenging Times

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If you are feeling insecure, unsure or fearful, you need to ground. This condition happens to all of us at one time or another. Transitions, major changes or traveling have the potential to uproot us. While we know that nothing is permanent, we still need something to hold on to.

The COVID pandemic has left many of us reeling, feeling unsteady and uprooted – from our routines, from our families and our friends, and from ourselves. We have had to wonder about how we are getting food, work, and for many of us, a roof over our heads. All of this scarcity has challenged our survival and sense of security. It has even led to anxiety and fear.

So, when we become upended, we know that it is essential that we gather our roots and establish ourselves again. But how can we do this?

The best word that characterizes and defines the true sense of connection or grounding is EARTH. The quality of earth is solid, firm, nurturing, stable, dense, sheltering. It has permanence and we can depend on its qualities to support us. To be more in contact with this earth quality, we need to get low and connected.

If you can, walk barefoot in the grass, on the beach, or even in the mud. I feel grateful to have granite boulders to perch upon.

Another way to merge with the element of earth is to get your hands in the dirt.

A lot of us tried our hand at gardening this last year. If a garden feels overwhelming, just get a pot and grow an herb. Taking care of a plant that you can also use for cooking creates a complete cycle for bonding with nature.

Here are my recommendations for planting easy growing spring crops in small spaces:

  • Tomatoes
  • All types of Herbs: Cilantro & Basil were my favorites last year
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Lettuces
  • Spinach
  • Chard

Keep in mind my growing zone is 7b. I don’t know how long the lettuces will hold up when the summer temperatures begin to set in…still on a learning curve.

If you are interested in discovering more about harnessing your grounding power, I will be hosting a free zoom class on the Root Chakra – the energetic place for GROUNDING and STABILIZING which is especially important in this time of pandemic. It’s the first part of a monthly series called Yoga & the Chakras which will explore the subtle energetics of yoga and the various practices and tools that we can use to balance these all important energy centers.

Please email me at yogabdstudio@gmail.com and I will send you the link for the May 29th zoom class!

Namasté, Kim 🕉

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