I thought I’d share one of my favorite meditations to do outside. I started doing it in Sweden in 2008, as a way to release stress and recharge myself in a grounding way. Already in 1995, I learned about how some Native American tribes see trees as “The Standing people” with their own spirit and have often felt a certain type of peace when I go for my walks alone. I used to think of nature as my church.
While Buddha sat, I prefer standing:
Go for a walk in a park, or better yet, in the woods. Pick a tree and place your back against it as close as possible, so that you can liken your spine with its trunk.
Let any excessive energy, such as anger or frustration go down into the ground as if it was a lightening rod.
Take a couple of deep breaths with closed eyes and let yourself feel smaller than the tree. Imagine that the tree is older, wiser and both more stable and flexible than you are. Gently let this feeling fill you. And say thank you to the tree.
Your root-chakra grounding you with the roots, and your crown-chakra with the tree’s crown.
Open your eyes, stretch, and hopefully you will now feel refreshed!