My mind is often the trickiest part of myself to nourish. It tends to get cluttered and overworked, managing tons of details.
It also becomes a haven for worry and seems to attract other people’s “stuff” until I’m overflowing. (Highly sensitive friends, I’ll bet you know exactly how this feels.)
When I need a good attic clearing, I use this simple practice. I invite you to try it, if the idea makes your heart sing.
Find a place to sit or stand uninterrupted for a few minutes. Outside is best, but an indoor space can work, too.
Let your breath settle into a comfortable pattern for you.
Close your eyes and focus on your sense of touch.
What do you notice first? Temperature? The sensation of the air on your skin? How supported you feel by the earth under you? (Indoors or outdoors, the earth is always – and quite literally – supporting you.)
Continue becoming more deeply aware of the sensation of your body in relationship with the world around you.
Rest into that feeling.
When you feel “finished” (yes, you will know when that happens) open your eyes and, if it feels right, offer a little gratitude to your body and the natural world for this sensory experience.
And now for the best part….go enjoy your peaceful mind!