The temperature today is expected to his 78 degrees so I decided to take a few moments and just be outside this morning. As I stepped onto the porch the first thing I noticed was the smell. It was fresh and wet, if that makes sense. It had rained a lot and was still quite foggy while I was out there. There was a woodpecker in a nearby tree knocking around for his breakfast and a crow flew overhead. I took off my sandals, stepped into the grass and stood there just breathing. Taking in all of the smells, the sounds, the sensations. Feeling immense gratitude for the environment in which I live, the ability to take these few moments and just be.
Today, I invite you to do the same. Don't worry, it doesn't have to be a beautiful, warm morning to do this. Whatever the weather, dress appropriately and get outside for a few minutes. If possible, get your bare feet into some grass or soil. Depending on the conditions, it may not always be possible, but when it is, I think you'll be amazed by just how well (and easily) you can do the 3 suggestions that follow.
Listen to the sounds around you - I do this even when there is snow on the ground, there is a peace in that silence that is not to be missed. Listen for the rustle of an animal through the grass, bushes, or leaves. The wings of an insect as they fly by. The way the rain sounds different when hitting grass versus the sidewalk.
Look around you - Observe the way a branch gives slightly under the weight of a bird or the way the trees sway in the breeze. The way the leaves dance when hit with rain.
Smell everything! Take in long, deep breaths and try to identify what you're smelling. Is it cut grass? The damp soil? Flowers? Make it a game to see how many smells you can parse out.
Before you head back inside, spend a moment in gratitude. Gratitude for this beautiful planet we get to call home.
I would be remiss if I didn't always invite you to think deeply about your impact on this beautiful planet, could you tread more lightly? I think we all have ways to grow in this space, how will you honor Mother Gaia and make a change to help her heal? April is Earth Month, what better time than right now to start to do things differently?
Did you give this meditation a try? Let me know how it went in the comments below!
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