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While we can sit cross-legged under a Bodhi tree and renounce all material possessions to practice mindfulness, the good news is we don’t have to. There are plenty of opportunities for personal growth and transformation in our everyday lives, if we just look for them.
It’s all a matter of intention and awareness. How does it work? By redirecting our attention from our thinking mind to the present moment, we gain the ability to deprogram habitual or reactive patterning. We can learn a new way of being that allows for transformation to take place.
When we practice mindfulness and are fully in the present moment, expectations, judgments, thoughts, guilt and even fear subside. We enter the state of being. This is where our true essence resides—a vibrantly alive, formless presence that is always within us, waiting to be realized.
4 mindful meditations using the power of earth energy
Start using these nontraditional, Earth-based tools to build your mindfulness muscle and increase the love and contentment in your life.
1. earth-walking meditation
Whether you’re walking to the store, to work, outside during your lunch break, or as part of a fitness routine, the simple task of walking can be meditative. Before you even take your first step, set your intention to come into the present moment.
Stand still. Breathe in deeply. Exhale.
Feel the sensations in your body: Where does it feel warm; what areas are cool? As you begin to walk, recognize the ways your whole body is involved in this activity. Feel your joints move, your muscles stretch, the clothes rub against your skin, the pattern of your breath.
Feel the ball of your foot hit the earth and the way the weight of your body shifts as you move forward. Scan your body for tension. Release it by allowing excess energy to be absorbed into the earth, while gentle Gaia energies replenish and balance your body.
2. feeling mediation
Trees can be wonderful meditation teachers. They are not rigid and unmoving; if you look closely, they sway and bend. They flow, giving way to powerful winds. They also don’t seek distractions from the present moment or withhold love from various limbs. They stand tall, embodying the totality of their essence, while surrendering to the temporary elements, just as we must.
Go outside and find a place you can comfortably sit or stand undistracted for a few minutes. This could be a park bench, your front stoop, or under your favorite tree. Close your eyes and go within.
Silently ask yourself, “What am I feeling in this moment?” Allow yourself to move into the feelings without judgment or commentary. Just feel. Accept all of what is inside you. Emotions are temporary sensations. Give them your attention and they, too, will pass.
If it gets too uncomfortable or you get distracted, gently bring your attention back to the sensations inside of you. Breathe.
3. nature-sensations meditation
Need to water the lawn, tend to the garden, or just find yourself alone near a patch of grass? Do you pass by a park on your way home from work, or even just a stretch of a few trees? If time and circumstance (or the season) permits, remove your shoes so your bare feet can directly connect with the earth.
Focus on your body. Feel the breeze on your skin. Feel the sun warming your face, or the damp coolness in the shadows. Hold your attention to the physical sensations. Breathe in. Can you smell the grass or leaves? If your mind shifts to thoughts or the past or future, gentle bring your attention back to your senses.
Give gratitude for this one singular moment.
4. listening meditation
Wherever you are, whatever time of night or day, move into the present moment by challenging yourself to hear as many sounds as possible. Sit quietly and listen.
Hear the birds chirping, a dog barking in the distance, the wind blowing through the leaves of a nearby tree or an airplane flying overhead. What various sounds surround you? Try to hold on to everything you hear and be aware of all the sounds at the same time. When we do this, we pull ourselves out of thoughts and judgments, and into a present state of being.
You already have everything you need to expand your consciousness and awaken to your true essence. It starts by coming into the present moment. Befriend the natural surrounding energies to support your practice and use them throughout your day. Give gratitude for their simple, unwavering gifts of love and energy.
Hopefully, these meditations will deepen your connection to the earth and inspire you to join the fight against climate change. We have one world and it’s up to all of us to take care of her.
About the author:
Jennifer is a grounded and down-to-earth multi-sensitive empath and intuitive soul coach. She sees the world through an energetic and spiritual lens while offering real-world tools to help clients live a balanced and harmonious life. Drawing from a variety of traditions including Theta Healing, Yuen Method, Qigong, Shamanism and Spiritual Psychology, she helps clients reclaim their joy and align with their Authentic Self. Her work is featured in various online outlets including the popular blog and bookstore, Bodhi Tree.