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Essential Oils to Connect with the Earth Element

EOGroundingAromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. The base notes of some essential oils are grounding and connect you to the qualities of the Earth Element. Add a few drops of oil to the wax of a burning candle or diffuse to activate its grounding properties.

Cedarwood-Essential-OilCedarwood and Cypress oils both come from trees with deep roots. Cedarwood oil draws earth energy. It purifies and promotes relaxation and balance.

CypressCypress oil encourages a long, enduring life. It cultivates the earthy qualities of quiet, security and grounding.

Frankincense

Frankincense is a deep, earthy scent. It provides protection for the body by stimulating the immune system, as well as emotional calm.

PatchouliPatchouli is considered a powerful aphrodisiac, but it also combats negative emotions and promotes stamina. Patchouli’s scent grounds the spirit into the physical body.

SandalwoodSandalwood encourages spiritual and emotional well-being through deep meditation. It supports the meditative state by grounding and focusing energy and creating protective space.

VetiverVetiver is another very earthy scent. It cleanses, grounds and centers spiritual and mental energy.

Learn more about essential oils and find out how to order Young Living oils here.

Feel the Earth Element in your body with these three yoga poses

EarthElementMountainNext weekend I am teaching a yoga workshop called “Elemental Yoga” at the Central New York Pagan Pride Day Festival in Syracuse, New York. I’m very excited. This is the first time I’ve ventured out of my comforting Adirondack mountains to teach yoga to strangers, so I’m also a bit nervous. I have been doing lots of grounding work over the past few weeks, drawing nourishing energy from the earth, while at the same time inviting my vision for the workshop down to the physical level so it will manifest.

Yoga always helps me stay grounded and centered, but these three simple poses are my go-to poses when I need a quick refocus.

  1. Mountain pose. Tadasana is the basis of all standing poses in yoga. It embodies the grounding energy of the root chakra and brings awareness to your postural alignment. Stand with your feet no wider than your hips and your toes forward. Soften your knees, spread your toes and balance your weight between the balls of your feet and the center of your heel. Drop your tailbone and reach the crown of your head up, lengthening your spine. Relax your arms by your sides. Close your eyes and imagine your weight dropping into your feet, like you are trying to be so heavy that no one can lift you off the ground. You might sense your feet sinking into the floor or, if you are outside, the ground. Keep your knees slightly bent – if you lock them it will be harder for you to keep your feet heavy.
  2. EarthElementLotusLotus pose. Padmasana originated in the meditative practices of ancient India and is still used by modern-day practitioners. This centering posture presses your sitting bones, your physical “roots,” firmly down. Due to the hip and knee flexibility required, full lotus pose, with both feet placed on the opposite thighs, is not available for everyone. If you find it difficult, you can modify by bringing just one foot onto the other thigh (half lotus pose) or simply crossing your ankles (easy pose). If you practice Padmasana regularly, be sure to alternate which leg is on top to avoid developing imbalance in the hips. Once you get settled in your seat, lengthen your spine, lower your chin slightly and become aware of everything that is touching the surface you are sitting on. I find that just a few minutes focusing on my physical connection to the earth is calming and helps me to feel present.
  3. EarthElementCobraCobra pose. It is difficult to get closer to earth energy than to have your belly on the earth in Bhujangasana. Lie face down and stretch your legs back, feet hip-width apart, and press the tops of your feet into the floor. Place your hands under your shoulders, fingers spread, and hug your elbows to your sides. Keeping your pelvis pressed into the floor and straightening your arms as you make space to do so, lift your heart. Relax your shoulder blades down your back, draw your lower belly slightly off the floor and lift the top of your sternum. Draw your ears away from your shoulders, lengthening your neck. Feel the tops of your feet, your thighs, your pelvis and your low belly on the earth. If you are in a time of transformation or change, add extra oomph by closing your eyes and imagining you are shedding your skin, slithering out of whatever you are letting go of in order for change to happen.

Grounding with Stones and Crystals

The ongoing volcanic eruption in Holuhraun, near Bardarbunga, has already become the largest lava eruption in Iceland since the 19th century.

The ongoing volcanic eruption in Holuhraun, near Bardarbunga, has already become the largest lava eruption in Iceland since the 19th century.

I’ve been following the seismic activity and subsequent eruption in and around the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland with fascination. I live in an area where the mountains were created by glaciers, not volcanoes, and the ground rarely shakes, so it’s easy to forget that even the Earth is sometimes unsettled. Over the last few weeks, there’s been lots of shaking going on, all over the Earth, and there was another volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea. We are in need of some collective grounding, and there are some stones that can help.

Snowflake obsidian is black obsidian with whitish-gray spots of radiating needle-shaped cristobalite crystals.

Snowflake obsidian is black obsidian with whitish-gray spots of radiating needle-shaped cristobalite crystals.

There are a number of stones that are particularly grounding. In honor of the volcanic eruptions, I have to start with Obsidian. Obsidian is a natural volcanic glass formed from molten lava that cools very rapidly. It’s origin creates an instant connection to the core of the Earth. Obsidian is a powerful, protective stone that absorbs negative energy and enhances resilience.

Metallic grey hematite was popular for jewelry in Europe during the Victorian era.

Metallic grey hematite was popular for jewelry in Europe during the Victorian era.

Hematite is another grounding and balancing stone. It is mined as the main ore of iron and is somewhat magnetic. Use hematite to relieve spaciness, to protect your aura, and to enhance your memory.

Smoky quartz is very comforting and calming.

Smoky quartz is very comforting and calming.

Technically, smoky quartz is caused by irradiation and traces of aluminum built into its crystal lattice. Smoky quartz is a very physically and psychically protective and grounding stone. It also removes negative energy of any kind and transforms it to positive energy. Smoky quartz enhances survival instincts, and can help one reach personal and business goals. It is also used in assisting in making wishes come true by grounding their essence in reality. Thus, it is a stone that brings abundance, prosperity, and good luck.

Jasper is known as the "nurturing stone."

Jasper is known as the “nurturing stone.”

Jasper is a common stone and comes in many beautiful colors and patterns. It offers gentleness, comfort, and relaxation. Jasper is associated with agriculture, gardening and prosperity. It also grounds and protects you during astral travel by keeping you connected to your body. Jasper helps you become peaceful and centered.

Scientists have long been intrigued by the unique electrical and magnetic properties of tourmaline.

Scientists have long been intrigued by the unique electrical and magnetic properties of tourmaline.

Black Tourmaline is a powerful stone, with a long history among many cultures of providing protection during ritual work. It is best known as a grounding and protection stone. Tourmaline takes negative energy and grounds it into the earth where it is transformed back into pure potential. It also promotes a sense of power and self-confidence, allowing for a clearer, more objective view of the world.

You can work with any of these stones by holding one during meditation, placing one on the Root Chakra during healing sessions, wearing a bracelet made of stone beads, or placing them on an altar or another sacred place in your home.

Growing Roots: A grounding meditation to connect to the Earth

GroundingMeditationWhen things start to feel out of control or unsettled, I spend a few minutes practicing a simple, grounding meditation. Seated firmly on the floor or, even better, outside, I settle into my breath, then imagine growing roots.

To get you started, I recorded this simple grounding meditation to help you visualize your own roots. Once you get the idea, you can practice growing roots whenever you need to feel more settled and stable.

Thanks to Mark Piper, a talented local musician and awesome friend (and my guitar teacher), for the background music.

Roasted Roots: Grounding food to connect to the Earth Element

Roasted RootsIn order to feel firmly grounded, some people choose to eat high-protein meat and dairy. Root vegetables are also useful for grounding your energies and connecting to the Earth Element. Root vegetables include potatoes, radishes, onions, turnips, peanuts, carrots, beets and garlic.

Roasting root vegetables is easy. You’ll have a nourishing, grounding, comforting meal or side dish. Cooled, roasted roots can be tossed into a salad.

These easy directions for roasting root vegetables are from Dr. Weil’s website.

Roasted Root Vegetables

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Ingredients:
2 pounds root vegetables (use potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, beets, etc.), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium onion, peeled and cut into 1/3-inch wedges
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
1 head garlic, separated into cloves and peeled
Chopped fresh herbs like rosemary, or balsamic vinegar (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the root vegetables and onion in a roasting pan.
  2. Toss the vegetables with the olive oil and salt to taste. Do not crowd the vegetables.
  3. Roast for a total of 45-50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. After 30 minutes, scatter the garlic cloves in with the vegetables. Continue stirring every 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender and evenly browned.
  4. Before serving, add a sprinkling of fresh chopped herbs or balsamic vinegar for additional flavor, if you’d like.