Root Yourself

I was visiting with longtime, beloved friends last week. Seems I’m not the only one who’s been in an odd, restless place recently.

Some combination of what’s in the news, summer expansiveness and being in my second Saturn return (an astrologically significant time of change and upheaval, first in your late 20s and again in your 50s — midlife crisis, anyone?!).

Thankfully, it’s brought me back to some key energetic practices that are helping to ground me even as I float through fantasies of renting an RV and taking off for uncharted territory for an unspecified amount of time.

If something is feeling restless in you too, dear one, how are you experiencing it?

Are you going with it, even as you continue taking care of day to day needs?

Is it making you uncomfortable, as if it’s somehow wrong?

Are you fighting against, it, or folding beneath the intensity of it, or making believe it’s not true?

Grace is found in walking the edge between acknowledging how you feel and then consciously shifting to a different state. Self-care is not about never feeling uncomfortable and reaching right away for a “fix” — yet you don’t need to wallow either.

To mix metaphors, it’s like throwing out a fishing line. You want to leave some slack, yet also engage the right amount of tension at the right time. Or something like that…

In other words, the judicious use of healing practices weaves something very essential into the mix.

You might want to try:

~ simply standing or walking barefoot and remembering that you are of the earth, not apart from it.

~ some qi gong stances and moves, especially The Tree — stand with feet shoulder width apart, knees bent and over toes. Raise your arms in front of you as if you are hugging a fairly large tree. Breathe, feel the solidness of the ground beneath you and the energy of the tree supporting you. Hold for as long as possible, at least a minute or two.

~ placing one hand on your heart and one on your lower belly. Feel, breathe, perhaps bow your head a bit to bring more inward focus. You’ll be connecting two chakras as well as two key aspects of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. The generative, hungry for connection place in your belly and the unconditionally loving place in your chest meet, touch and support one another in this posture.

A Little Poetry Also Helps

Poetry is the language of the heart. It cuts right through to what is most essential, nothing extra added or needed. And the Persian poet Rumi gave us some of the most exquisite spiritual sustenance and razor-sharp lessons.

Here are a few lines from a piece I was introduced to just last night, from his grand tome The Diwan of Shams of Tabriz — right in time to bring us back to our roots.

You may think that you are earthly beings but you have been kneaded from the substance of certainty. You are the guardians of God’s Light, so come, return to the root of the root of your own self.

Though you are the talisman protecting the world’s treasure, within yourself you are the mine. Open your hidden eyes and come, return to the root of the root of your own self.

​​​​​​​You are a ruby in the heart of granite, how long will you try to deceive us? We can see the truth in your eyes, so come, come, return to the root of the root of your own self…

​​​​​​​It’s what we are all truly here to remember.

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