Tools and Resources
Below are tools you can access any time to learn simple methods for centering, calming, connecting to earth and your inner resources. Our team is full of people with many gifts and techniques to share, from meditation to nature activities to acupressure to movement.
All of these are 10-15 minutes, mostly video, consciously built to be easy-to-access, simple to follow, and rich in their effectiveness.
MEET A TREE
by Tracey Forest
One of the most effective ways to de-stress and feel calm is to go out into nature and be with a tree. Trees are deeply rooted into Earth and uplifted to the light. Finding a special tree is as easy as going out in your backyard although you might meet a tree friend way up in the woods as well. Go out with an open heart and no expectations other than to connect. Maybe take a small offering to show respect (like taking flowers or a small gift when going to a dinner party). This offering can be corn meal, tobacco, a bit of food, or even a piece of your hair.
Watch the video to get an idea of what to do when you go out to meet your own tree friend. Remember there is no right or wrong way to do this exercise. Follow your intuition and have a good time!
Submitted by Donlon Wade
This ear acupressure point presentation is under 5 minutes & well done. You have choices around which ones to choose; I would suggest the Shen Men point because it is the best point for anxiety & depression & fatigue; also great for sleep.
Ear acupressure helps people of all ages. This simple technique helps everything from trauma recovery and healing, to quieting stress and anxiety, to helping with headaches and general wellness. It provides a balancing effect – some people feel sleepy while others are energized, some feel relief of depression, some seem to get a peaceful sensation of relaxation, and some don’t feel anything.
THREE STEPS DOWN
by Bryan Flowers
This quick and effective self-care exercise was designed by Lael Keen and is based in the Somatic Experiencing work of Peter Levine.
Here’s the process as a PDF
HOW TO MEDITATE
by Ryan Long
Ryan shows us how easy it is to meditate, for settling the body and calming the mind. This brief video starts at the beginning and shows what kind of cushion to use, what seated position is best, how to use your breath and how to work to let go of distractions.
BEFRIENDING YOUR DESPAIR
An inspiring talk with eco-philosopher, Joanna Macy, on befriending our pain, rather than pathologizing it. Despair can open our heart and alert us to what needs attention. Befriending our pain liberates us to be alive and in love with our world.
More about Joanna Macy at www.workthatreconnects.org
AMPLIFY YOUR LOVE
by Forrest Green
A Process to Shift from Sympathy to Empathy
A centering and balancing exercise By Forrest Green
Poetry is the language of the Soul. Reading or listening to stirring poems and verses can shift our energy and inspire us to see our lives as connected to something more magical, universal, mythical than we may have imagined.
After Derek Mahon
Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice. You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the
conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.
From the Preface to Leaves of Grass, 1855 edition Walt Whitman
Dismiss whatever insults your own soul;
And your very flesh shall be a great poem…
“The Journey” Mary Oliver
One day you finally knew what you had to do and began…
“Let This Darkness Be A Bell Tower” Rainer Maria Rilke
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,
what batters you becomes your strength.
“Resilient” Rising Appalachia
Fia “Shedding Skins”
“Blessed We Are,” Peia
“Follow The Sun” Xaiver Rudd
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