Welcome to day three of 28 days of Self-Love.
Ready for more?
Let’s continue to cultivate the habit of Self-Love through creativity, breath, and gratitude.
the state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present in a place or thing.
“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
- Music Inspiration: Erik Satie – Gymnopédie No. 3
- Day 3 Exercise: Grounding (Earthing)
I’m sure most of you have heard this term by now, Grounding (or Earthing) is something most of us used to do all the time as children, naturally, but as we grow we conform to more and more societal rules [No shirts, No shoes, No service…] thus losing our innate understandings of what feels good/right. Essentially, grounding is connecting directly to the earth with your bare feet. We literally need to connect with the Earth we live upon, and as adults, we’ve become more and more disconnected.
So, for today’s exercise if you can get outside and take your shoes off and walk around barefoot directly on the grass, dirt, soil, sand, or concrete for at least five minutes (preferably 15 mins) you can gain some incredible energy and insight from this experience. Even if you can only walk barefoot to your mailbox and back (you could incorporate your mindful breathing here as well) it counts. Just ditch your shoes whenever you can. Also, experiment with this and connect with your inner child again. Try this exercise in the rain; it is refreshingly invigorating.
If for whatever reason (i.e. temperatures are too cold still) you cannot get outside you could just use today as a visualization exercise. Visualize you are outside, grounding, until temperatures warm enough for you to try this for real (maybe you walk the beach in your mind).
However, don’t just make excuses either (It was 27°F here the other morning, and I was up at 6 AM grounding outside to take a peek at the Super Blue Blood Moon – lunar eclipse event.) The more excuses you make (trust me, I lied to myself for far too long) only slow your progress and keep you from the actual healing work. Take baby steps. But actually, take them.
As you ground (either for real or through visualization) take note of what you see and experience in your mind and body and all around you. Then jot these notes down in your notebook for the creative part later.
- Day 3 Create: Tetractys
Tetractys, a poetic form consisting of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20). So let’s take some of the things we felt or experienced through grounding and try our hands at a Tetractys poem today. You may choose to title the poem or not. Up to you. Have fun!
Don’t forget Shadow Poetry is a wonderful resource to familiarize yourself with different types of poetic form or refresh yourself on the different schemes.
Poets.org and their Poem-A-Day is another wonderful site full of resources and a list of forms.
I have never experimented with this form before but felt it would be a good fit for today’s exercise.
Here is my creative work as a result of today’s exercise:
urgency, soul, moment, time, revealed, explore
What Time We’ve Left
on the small
of my urgence,
understand me in ways undiscovered
Love and Ink,
I invite you to share your poems in the comment section below or link to a blog or personal website. Read and comment on others. Introduce yourselves. Get involved. I’m excited to see what all you lovely souls have created.
You should feel more connected and grounded in the creativity you’ve cultivated today! See you back here tomorrow with another day of Self-Love.