Anyone else feeling overwhelmed at being a human?
Deciding how to allocate our time, energy, and resources to the causes that call to us the most.
Knowing how to even choose the causes that call to us the most when there are so many things occurring at the same time that require attention and action.
It is so easy to get caught up – pulled into the frenzy – overwhelmed in the ocean of topics vying for our attention all day every day.
Whether it is on a personal level (i.e. that person saying/doing something out of line again), or a global level (hurricane devastation, rampant injustice and inequality, etc) – feeling things intensely is very common.
For all of my sensitive souls out there – I feel you and see you and get you.
Feeling deeply is a gift that can simultaneously be a lot to shoulder on your own.
So with love from my deep feeling soul to yours – I wanted to share one of my current favorite practices:
Connecting with trees.
(Jim Gaffigan judge-y audience voice: “treeees??! Next thing you know, she’s going to tell us to HUG a tree. All I want to hug is baaaacon”)
Hear me out!
No matter what upsetting news just broke, what disaster occurred, or what turmoil I may be feeling inside, when I go outside (or even look outside), the trees help me reset my pace.
When I am feeling wound up, upset, nervous, uncertain, and/or fearful, and I look at a tree – I am reminded I can choose my focus.
Trees are grounded. Rooted. Stable. Cyclical.
They take it all in, keep what they need, and let the leaves fall.
They are not concerned with the latest post, change, or upheaval.
They steadily, slowly, consistently take what is helpful and available to them from their environment and use it to root more and grow more.
What if we were able to more easily discern what is helpful and available from OUR environments and use it to root into self-trust, and move forward with confidence?
When I am feeling frenzied, frantic, panicked, helpless, and overwhelmed, taking my next step with confidence feels out of the question. I want so badly to help, but cannot think clearly enough to put a coherent plan of action together.
Consulting with trees helps me to choose my pace.
Even when I don’t know how to fix the situation, or what the solution is – being able to regain inner stability and feeling grounded amidst chaos gives me the best chance of moving forward in helpful ways.
The tree consultation doesn’t tell me not to feel things deeply, or get into overwhelm in the first place.
It helps me slow down to discern what is helpful and available from the moment so I can navigate my next actions from a rooted place of Self-TLC: self-trust, self-love, and self-care.
Takeaway Tool: Choosing Your Pace
1. Find a tree.
Depending on where you are and how much time you have, some tree-finding options are:
- Close your eyes and imagine a tree
- If available, look out the window
- If available, find a picture of one online
- If available, go outside
My personal favorite, when possible, is to go for a walk and put my feet on the earth and my hand on the tree. Visualizing this instead can also work very well.
2. Notice your current pace.
Current thought patterns. Current feelings. Nothing is bad or wrong about them, it is just about observing them.
3. As you gaze towards the tree, take a deep breath.
Invite grounding energy to come up through your feet (this can be done regardless if they are directly on the earth or not) on the inhale. As you exhale, allow your feelings, concerns, worries, doubts, and uncertainties to wash down through your body and into the ground in front of the tree. Repeat at least 3x / as many as you desire.
4. Notice the tree’s pace.
Frenzied and hurried or slow and steady? How is the tree being affected by the surrounding environment?
5. Choose your desired pace.
Slowing your breath helps slow your pace and move forward consciously. Rooting into the moment helps your feelings flow. Taking care of yourself first allows you to help others more effectively and efficiently.
May we choose to keep connecting back to ourselves.
May we choose to keep connecting back to nature.
May we choose to keep connecting back to each other – in healthy, supportive, loving ways.
You deserve the infinite love that you are!