KICK OFF YOUR SHOES
Summer is around the corner! It's a time when we naturally want to feel the grass, the sand, and the water. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Summertime is ruled by the Fire Element. And the Fire element is controlled by The Water element, meaning water controls the amount of fire present. During summer, we can maintain harmony and balance by controlling any excess fire with water. So while grounding in water is great at any time, it's especially true during the Summer! Here are two quick easy ways to ground - one with water, one without. Give these a try and let me know how it has worked for you, or with any questions!
IN WATER - While floating in an ocean, sea or lake is great, you don't need to be near an actual body of water to ground in water. You can also do this by taking a long soak in a tub, or, if time is limited, a fast shower. Fast, or slow, the importance of holding the INTENTION of the water controlling any excess fire is the key here.
WITHOUT WATER - Mountain pose is an instant strength builder. Try this if you need a hit of soft yet profoundly deep strength:
1) Sit up straight in a cross-legged position with your hands resting on your knees. This creates the outline of a pyramid-shaped mountain.
2) With your eyes closed, take a few long deep breaths, concentrating on the quiet, yet powerful mountain of your being.