We hear a lot about grounding and its importance to our busy, hectic lives. In simple terms, it is having an awareness of the ground we stand, sit or lie upon. It is often described as earthing the body’s electrical charge and there is a known benefit to dropping your awareness into the ground.
On Tree Energy Walks having a sense of the earth supporting us is a vital ingredient and a pathway towards healing. This is why we start our practice with breathing and grounding exercises as the forest is one of the best places to cleanse our system of stress and nervous energy.
We start by walking into the forest and crossing a sacred threshold, leaving the modern world behind us and entering a beautiful natural space. Already, a calming atmosphere surrounds us but we can take this feeling deeper with a simple grounding practice.
Gathering under a canopy of branches we feel protected and enter a safe meeting place. It is the feeling of coming home and the group ready to start its journey into the heart of nature.
First, you need to prepare the body, by sending awareness into the feet. They need to relax and spread out and not claw the ground. Even doing this inside shoes brings about a subtle change in posture. We are engaging the sense of touch, the first of the senses that will take us into close contact with the natural world around us.
By relaxing the feet the rest of the body can follow as joints open, connective tissue unsticks and your structure returns to its true default state.
The next stage is to use this new space in the body to deepen the breath. We start to drop into a meditative state, by lengthening the out breath and allowing a natural pause between breaths. Sending awareness to the area around the navel is a way to centre your own energy field and some ‘belly breaths’ help this process.
Imagination is another powerful tool for us to use and we visualise exhaling down into the earth beneath our feet and pausing before allowing the in breath. In this moment we can imagine the next inhale is coming up from under the ground as if we are being breathed by Mother Earth.
It only takes five minutes or so of ‘Earth breathing’ into a relaxed body for a deep connection with the planet to start taking hold.
During this moment we engage another of our senses, as the sound track of the forest takes over our hearing. We listen to the sound of birdsongs, the wind in the trees and sometimes the flow of water nearby.
When we open our eyes and allow the colours and textures of the forest to mix with sounds and smells of the woodland we know we have established contact with nature.
Now we are ready to approach a chosen tree and start a conversation and exchange of energy.
Next tree energy walk is on the 7th November at 11am
Please follow Healing Health Joy Collective social media for more dates
Contact Simon for more info - email@example.com
Waking in nature is being prescribed by a whole host of diverse people from doctors to yoga teachers, to help us counterbalance fear generated by the pandemic. Yet, simply walking outside does not necessarily work as way to calm down as it requires a certain awareness of the natural world.
Healing Health Joy Collective has created a new practice to help open doors into the natural world and guide people to find a deeper connection with our countryside. It combines elements of meditation with mindfully using your senses in a natural setting.
We find the right location that allows a small group to walk along quiet, less trodden forest paths and gather in a glade. We walk and chat until the predestined woodland place is reached.
Tree Energy Walk guide Simon then explains the practice and techniques participants can use to feel closer to the natural environment. This involves deepening breath to drop into a meditative state of mind and an invitation to use senses to listen to the forest soundtrack and take in its beautiful scent.
Once people open their eyes they see the woodland in a new way, as colours and awareness of textures flood into their consciousness. Using this heightened sensitivity the path is opened to feel the energy of the trees.
By relaxing your body, opening your heart and senses a new energetic realm begins to reveal itself. Stand close to your chosen tree and start to feel its aura and energy respond to you. It’s a magical experience with a profound de-stressing quality. Time seems to stop or pause whilst you quieten your mind in the presence of your tree.
Dialogue with trees is on an emotional level. You can feel it’s energy, perhaps even its spirit, whilst it can feel the intention behind your thoughts and thinking mind. This is the place where nature heals us.
People who have joined our Tree Energy Walks have shared experiences of calmness, reduction of mental noise and general feeling of rejuvenation. And the benefits continue after the practice as our participants usually have a really good, deep sleep that night.
This is a new practice and we are learning each time we go out how best to deliver it but we invite you to join us, experience Tree Energy Walks for yourself and give us feedback.
Please follow Healing Health Joy Collective social media for more dates -
Contact Simon for more info - firstname.lastname@example.org
Evie and I talk about Hashimo thyroiditis, ‘leaky gut’ and also a fair bit about poo as it’s a good indicator for gut health. Evie also talks passionately about the link between teenage diet and poor mental health amongst young people. Her ‘tip of the day’ is about fibre intake.
Nutritionist Evie shares practical advice about how to take better care of yourself during the pandemic restrictions. This includes keeping your immune system in shape with the right vitamins and how to snack responsibly plus a link to her Eat Better/Feel Better programme https://evienutrition.co.uk
In this episode there’s an in-depth chat with nutritionist Evie Whitehead about her work and why she specialises in gut health. There’s also some practical advice about making better food choices. This is the first in a mini-series on nutrition. evienutrition.co.uk
Amber Valentine talks about starting Hedsor Studios, collective member Muryel tells us how to join the Collective and yoga teacher Emily gives an insight into delivering classes on the Collective's forthcoming online retreat: Reflect, Restore, Reimagine