STAYING CONNECTED - NOURISHING SELF-CARE
When we are being asked to #StayAtHome, How can we stay connected to ourselves, to the More Than Human World, to our Loved Ones? How can we immerse ourselves in nourishing self-care?
We have put together some tips that will hopefully support you through these times of confinement and social distancing.
Presently, we are aware that not everyone can access nature. Here are a few tips on how to stay connected even within your home:
- What more than human beings share your home with you?
Spend some time with the living beings in your home - human and more than human. Sit with your potted plants. Sketch them.
- Sit Spot at the Window
If you can see nature from your window, sit spot there. Reach out to the more than human world with the threads of connection from your heart. Strengthen the ropes of connection with your sit spot beings. Even if you are not able to go to your regular sit spot, close your eyes and imagine you are there. Allow your heart to travel and sit with your beings.
- Listen to Sounds of Nature.
Here are links to a few playlists to listen to:
Calming Sounds of the Night Forest
- Use Essential Oils
If you have essential oils at home, use them regularly. Place a few drops in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together. Close your eyes and bring hands towards your face. Cup your hands around nose and mouth and take deep breaths. Allow your imaginal sense to take you to the source of those oils. Flowers or Trees. What are you noticing?
- Bring Natural Elements into Your Space
If you can go outside, bring natural elements back with you. Ask your garden or the Forest what elements would like to come back into your home. Anything from leaves to sticks. Whatever presents itself to you. Find a place in your home for them.
- Nature TV Shows*
When you want to watch something on TV or your computer, go for programs that feature the Natural World. Here are a few suggestions:
Seven Worlds, One Planet
- Great Animation Films that feature Nature*
My Neighbour Totoro
*The links provided here are for providers such as Netflix and BBC. If you do not have access to these, maybe get creative and find a way? There are many free streaming websites available.
- On Your Computer
If you are working on your computer and have not done so yet, use nature image screensavers. Use a timer and have them start automatically every 45 minutes. This will give you a conscious break from work and also images to resource with. When the images come on, sit back on your chair, take a deep breath and take in what the images are offering. What are you Noticing?
- Virtual Forest Therapy Walks
All through March and April Geeta will be offering Virtual Forest Therapy walks. You can join even if you can not be outside. It is a great way to connect to yourself and your community. You can find information about the walks HERE
This is a great time to meditate. Take time to be with yourself and move deeply into what is alive for you right now. How do you like to meditate?
- Walking Meditation
HERE we share a video from Thich Naht Hanh teaching walking meditation. You can do this inside or outside. 10 minutes is a great practice. Remember his teaching - "Walk as if your feet are kissing the Earth".
- Kundalini Meditation
We leave you here also with a suggestion of Osho Kundalini Meditation. It can be a good meditation to support the nervous system to release tension. If you are feeling too overwhelmed by the current situation, this might not be ideal. Feel it in your belly if shaking is something that can support you.
It is a one hour meditation with 4 stages. You can find the music for it HERE
1st Stage - Shaking - Stand with your feet well rooted into the ground, close your eyes and allow the body to shake freely. Allow the gentle shaking to happen. You might need to initiate the shaking and after a while you will see your body will do it. Include the whole body, head, arms, chest, legs. Trust the intelligence of your body. Gentle shaking supports the nervous system to release whatever it needs to release.
(music will change)
2nd Stage - Dancing - Allow the body to move in whatever way feels good.
(music will change)
3rd Stage - Sitting - Find a comfortable position to sit, keep your back upright.
(music will change)
4th Stage - Lying Down - Lye down in a comfortable position and simply rest.
(gong will signal the end of the meditation)
We sincerely hope that these tips will support you to stay connected to yourself, to the more than human world and that as a community we stay connected too.