Anchor, Ground, and Stand Strong: Learning from the Trees

by | Mar 24, 2020

In this time of a global pandemic, along with all the physical preparations and precautions, such as washing your hands, sanitizing your environment, and stocking your pantry, we want to help you prepare yourselves inwardly. Peter Russell, an author and teacher focusing on consciousness and contemporary spirituality, recently wrote, “Trees provide a good lesson. If a tree is to withstand a storm it must be flexible, able to bend with the winds. And it must have strong roots and be stably anchored in the ground.” 

There’s a lot of talk out there about having a grounding or calming practice to soothe our fears and anxiety. If you already have a practice, you may have ramped it up. Perhaps you’re doing more journaling, singing, meditation or yoga. 

We also urge you to consider—whether or not you already have a practice—that contemplating the reality of your mortality will make you far less wobbly. Now more than ever we need to feel rooted. Do what you need to do to feel rooted. 

What about you?
What helps you feel rooted when the world is untethered?

Willow’s Reality of Our Mortality Learning Circles go virtual. The whole world is invited.
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Choose one of four free online events with Reena and Michelle and learn how to anchor, ground, and stay strong.
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Consider—whether or not you already have a practice—that contemplating the reality of your mortality will anchor, ground you, and help you stand strong.
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  • RITUAL is a big one for me right now…keeping certain activities and the time that I do them sacred

    Creating SPACE that’s free from the influx of information. I’m trying to find the right balance of being in the ‘know’ versus getting overwhelmed

    GARDENING is where I can be busy with nature and allow it to free my mind

    Giving THANKS to my body and all that it does through physical movement

    I PRAY though I don’t identify with a particular religion per say but it makes me feel less out of control

    • Thank so very much Christie. I feel more grounded just reading about what you’re doing. I’m being serious. You’ve inspired me to be more intentional in many ways.

  • I have found that paying attention to my breath (noting ‘in’ and ‘out’ as they happen) as much as possible in daily life (when the services of the mind are not needed) has helped to turn off my mental chatter. It opens me to sounds, sights. sensations and the rest of life, things that are hidden when the wandering mind is active.
    Be patient when the mind wanders, bring it back with kindness.
    Try it out when you are out for a walk. Not recommended for when you are driving.
    best to all,

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