The same way animals prepare for winter by stocking up on on everything they’ll need to stay healthy, we should prepare for this quiet, reflective season by nourishing our roots and building our inner resources. As the seasons change and the leaves fall, reconnect to the earth by doing some grounding work to help you preserve your energy and keep your immune system healthy. Come winter, you’ll be glad you did.
As simple and intuitive as staying grounded sounds, it doesn’t come as naturally to us as it does to other animals. It took three major health crises and a severe panic attack before I learned what it meant to be grounded—even to be present.
The only girl in a family of boys, I felt that in order to be seen and to get approval, I had to succeed in measurable ways. I had to bring home the best grades, get the best position on the team, get the best job. I didn’t think who I was would be enough.