It’s 4th of July weekend, and most of us looking forward to cook outs, time with friends and family and fireworks. The Fourth of July celebrates our country’s independence and established the foundation of the United States we know today.
So how established is your personal foundation? Are you feeling a little unbalanced, overwhelmed, or have too much on your mind? Here are my six steps to re-establishing your foundation:
- Connect with Nature: Whether it is visiting a park or sitting in your backyard, getting close to Mother Earth will reinvigorate your spirit. Take your shoes off and stand on the grass or earth and imagine roots being planted from your feet down through the soil as deep as possible. Remember when you were a kid and shoes were an afterthought? Yeah, you want those tootsies touching the ground.
- Rediscover your passion: What do you do that brings you immense joy, where you lose track of time and wish you could do more often? For me it is yard work. I dig, plant, and weed until my legs shake and I can barely lift the wheelbarrow–all with a smile on my face. Pursuing your passion can ground you in your being and help firm up your foundation.
- Keep a steady sleep schedule: With the longer hours of daylight you may be tempted to stay up later, and with all the family and friend gatherings you may find yourself not getting as much sleep as you are used to. Being in a steady state of fatigue can put major cracks in your foundation. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, including weekends. I am not opposed to the occasional nap though.
- Move your body: Sitting around a campfire, sitting on the deck, sitting at your desk at work all lead to a shaky foundation. Get up, take a walk around the block, dance to your favorite tune, walk the neighbor’s dog. Of course one of my personal favorites is to walk on the gorge trail at our local park, which also helps me connect with nature. Move your body in a way that moves you and your foundation will firm up in no time.
- Spend time in silence and solitude: The constant noise that surrounds us can shake our foundation to its core. You don’t have to sit cross-legged on a pillow and say Om in order to do this. Take a walk without your iPod. Read a book without the TV on. Drive without the radio on. Silence around us helps to quiet our mind, and drain some of that energy from around our head to settle in our foundation. Solid!
- Put your phones/tablets/computers away: In my Intuitive Plant Medicine class part of our homework was to create a nighttime routine. We all have seen the studies that show staring at our electronics before bed can interfere with our sleep (See #3). I started putting my phone away at least an hour before I go to bed. I have to say, it has been quite freeing. It also critical to put them down in the presence of other people. If you need to check your phone for something important, let your compatriots know, but otherwise put them down. Make those around you feel important by giving them your full attention. Your foundation will thank you.
Are you more overwhelmed now than at the beginning of the blog? No fear! I recommend focusing on just one item a week. Notice how you feel at the beginning of the week compared to the end. Perhaps spend some time journaling about the experience. Was it easy or hard? How did you feel physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually? I like to have at least one word in each of those categories to fully realize the experience.
Example: Putting my phone away an hour before I go to bed. Was it easy or hard? At first it was hard because my friends and I have a chat going and I was probably missing out on some conversation. I turned that around by looking forward to a surprise conversation the next morning.
How do I feel?
Spiritually: Connected to spirit
Reflect and jot down a few words, that’s it! Now it is no accident that I chose six items over six weeks. I have decided to take a little vacation from blogging, and plan to return to it sometime in the middle of August. I felt it was a good time to take a little time off to recharge and restore. You have been given your homework assignment, so I expect your foundations to be strong when we reunite!
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Have a great and safe Fourth of July, and I will be back to blogging in the middle of August!