Connect with a tree, and you connect with your nature. Connecting with nature puts you in touch with your essence, your soul. Then stand there at one as one with creation. This grounding exercise is easy and beneficial to your health.
One of our modern lifestyle’s significant problems is that it cuts us off from essence. We are part of nature. Since we are the most influential living beings on the planet, we are responsible for being good stewards. We are better stewards of the earth when we are more in touch with it.
Simple Tree Grounding Exercise
Some consider this grounding exercise a part of the Japanese natural health practice known as “Forest Bathing.” To get the most out of this and Forest Bathing, we recommend starting with the basic mindfulness meditation technique. Mindfulness will help you get into a calm, alert frame of mind.
Use all three together, and you’ll have a robust suite of meditation practices. They will reduce stress and bring clarity of mind. These are fantastic techniques to connect us with nature. Many people find them both powerful and soothing.
You can use these methods to create rituals of your own design. It’s a perfect way to boost your attitude and immune system. Incorporate them into your health and wellness routine. You can also use this tree grounding exercise by itself, as described below.
Connecting with Nature
Your proximity to trees, your intention, and your imagination are the elements that make this work. So, you can use this exercise while sitting, or lay down on the ground, or standing. Because you can do it while standing, you can do it in almost any weather condition.
Some people find winter is one of the best times because snow also dampens any noise. Many like to do it in the summer because they can also be barefoot. No matter the weather or climate, nature is always reaching out to us, wanting to connect. We are, after all, a part of the ecosystem. This tree grounding exercise helps us synchronize and harmonize with the planet’s vibrational frequency.
Connecting with nature is the goal of this exercise. You will be surprised at how refreshed you are from this simple activity.
- Find a tree
- Observe and tune in with your senses
- Reach out physically or symbolically
- Use your imagination, commune, and connect.
Find a Tree
Start by finding a suitable tree. If you have the luxury of walking in a forest or sizeable garden, take your time. Find one that attracts you, preferably one where you can get close to the trunk. Find one that speaks to you. You don’t have to touch the tree, but many prefer to do so.
Some people develop rituals around trees. They dance and worship the life-affirming and life-giving trees. Do whatever you feel led to do, as long as you cause no harm.
Observe and Tune in
Start by looking closely at the tree, its branches, its leaves if they are still on the branches. Now, follow the trunk down to its roots. You may see some sticking up from the ground, radiating outward. Imagine how they extend into the earth. If it’s possible, you can sit or lay under the tree looking up through the branches.
Reach out Physically or Symbolically
Reach out and touch it. Some people put their arms around the trunk. If you are sitting or lying on the ground, you can touch the roots and trunk. If you can’t touch the tree, don’t worry. Your proximity and intent will be sufficient.
Envision yourself as part of the tree’s roots extending down into the earth. Contemplate the time it has taken for this tree to grow. Think about all the weather it has endured. You may see scars on the trunk or broken limbs. These are symbolic of your trials and tribulations.
Use Your Imagination, Commune and Connect
Speak words from your heart. Give thanks for providing shade and the very oxygen you breathe. Take your time. Stand straight like the tree and take a few deep breaths.
Visualize yourself tapping into the living energy part of the tree, part of the Earth, part of the Universe. Enjoy the moment. Give thanks to the oxygen the tree provides. Last, listen and spend some quiet time. Breathe with the tree. Allow the mind to be calm.
Preparation for The Shamanic Journey
This tree grounding exercise is an excellent preparatory for the Shamanic Journey. Many indigenous cultures incorporate often have some form of this exercise within their practice. Sometimes it’s only with branches from a tree. However, when a fire is used within the ritual, it almost always includes honoring the living tree, which provides the fuel.
Don’t overlook the simplicity of this exercise. It may be simple, but it acts to calm down our overactive mind. Connecting with nature gives us a healthy perspective.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia