As colourful flowers push up through the earth in early spring, signs of life, growth and a new ‘energy’ surround us. We can’t help but notice the vitality and ‘busy-ness’ of nature’s plants. And yet, during the darker days of winter months, a lot of activity too is taking place, but beneath the surface. Roots of many trees and shrubs strengthen and expand during winter. Bulbs gather nutrients and ‘bed in’, ready to push upwards in Spring, while the seeds of vegetables and many flowers rest, storing energy.
We can use these images for our own inner work. Putting down and establishing roots is vital to our wellbeing and development, not just in the physical sense but also in our spiritual lives.
With so much focus on the external world in our western society, internal resting, establishing and strengthening, can be ignored, delayed or seen as irrelevant. Here is a visualisation/meditation designed for our spiritual selves and to help us to ‘flower’ and to ‘blossom’ from a strong, rooted base.
Stand (or if unable to stand, sit), with your feet firmly placed on the floor, don’t cross your legs or ankles if seated.
Breathe in, letting your breath fill up your whole body, right down to the soles of your feet. Breathe out letting go of tension, pain or discomfort and feeling the breath coming out through the soles of your feet into the ground below. Repeat this through 3 or 4 times, each time getting a sense of your roots connecting down in the Earth.
Close your eyes to help your concentration, if you wish. Now bend your legs then stretch back up again. Repeat 5 or 6 times. As you bend breathe out, as your stretch back up, breathe in.
Feel your lower body, legs and feet being energised by this exercise. Now standing, make the action of taking off a pullover (jumper) stretching your arms above your head then back down to your sides. Repeat this 5 or 6 time, each time allowing your upper body to open out, stretch and energise.
At the end, take a few deep breaths, in and out, gently open your eyes, SMILE and continue your day.
Our Survival blend is designed to help you to calm mental energy, bring your energy downwards and feel connected to the Earth. Himalayan Cedarwood, Myrrh and Petitgrain are some of the essential oils it contains and these ‘wood’ oils are strengthening. It is a very useful blend to help you when you are feeling fearful. See our Choose Your Blend page for details.