“She connected to the earth and scattered her worries there.” ~Jennifer
I’ve been told many times that I think too much. It’s true, though looking back, I realize I don’t do it nearly as much as I used to. Having small children leaves me very little time to think at all, it seems. But when I’m tired, really tired, I still fall back into old habits of worry and fear. My mind swirls with what-ifs and should-haves. When I feel myself sliding in that direction, I know it’s time to get out of my head; out of the past and out of the future. It’s time to get back to now.
Going outside is one of the best ways I know to reconnect to reality. There is nothing like Mother Nature to soothe the soul. She never, ever fails to make me feel calmer, better, happier. Outdoors, the leaves crunching beneath my feet and the crows cawing in the treetops replace the voices of doubt in my mind. I lean my head back on a tree and let it hold me. I feel the tightness in my forehead and my neck start to loosen. I press my fingertips to the ground and grasp the grass, noticing how it feels moist and alive. The sun plays hide-and-seek, warming my skin and making a patchwork of light in the woods around me. I can taste the fresh air, the freedom, the relief. I connect to the earth and scatter my worries there, grateful for the grounding and healing gifts of nature.