Have you hugged a tree today?

Sue Emmel's photo.
Sue Emmel to Haudenosaunee (Six Nations/Iroquois)


A Native Elder once told me that humans are the weakest and most insecure of all the creatures. He said that when we are feeling this way, it is very “grounding” and healing to hug a tree. Their life force is strongly and deeply rooted in the earth at the same time their branches reach up and out to receive the energies of sky as well. It’s the most wonderful feeling. Gratitude overflows just thinking about it.

Today, in honor of Global Hug for Peace Day, in honor of Native American Heritage Month and all my relations, I honor the trees for their teachings.


Shared by “Maggie”



Close your eyes:  Breathe deeply, slow yourself down and when you feel ready…………. Slowly

  • Imagine the wall in front of you,
  • the wall behind you
  • Bring yourself back to your center (Whatever that means to you)
  • Imagine the wall on the left,
  • the wall on the right
  • Now Bring yourself back to center.
  • Imagine the floor beneath you,
  • the ceiling above you.
  • Bring yourself back to your center! 

Now Open your eyes and notice how you are , grounded, safe and secure in your physical body!

You could now do a relaxation exercise or a meditation to relieve all stress, all tension and instill confidence, calmness and total relaxation throughout your entire Mental, physical, emotional and spiritual self.

Peace, love, light and blessings!

“White Eagle”


In the midst of everything that is going on in my life, I am focusing on taking the time that I need for myself to stay grounded and calm!

I am grateful for the knowledge I have, for the many people who are here for my support and for all of the gifts that are unique to me!

Thank you Creator!

We are all one, we are all related!
Peace, love, light and blessings!

“White Eagle”

Exercise for Grounding

Close your eyes:

Imagine the wall in front of you, the wall behind you

Bring yourself back to your center (Whatever that means to you)

Imagine the wall on the left, the wall on the right

Now Bring yourself back to center.

Imagine the floor beneath you, the ceiling above you.

Bring yourself back to your center!

Now do a progressive relaxation meditation to relieve all stress, all tension, and instill confidence, calmness and total relaxation.

Close your eyes and let your eyelids go loose, limp and totally calm.

Take that calmness and move it down through your cheeks, your nose, and into your mouth.

Notice how your tongue is resting on the roof of your mouth, and let that relaxed and calm feeling move down through your chin, your neck and down to your shoulders.

From your shoulders move the relaxed and calm feeling through your upper arms, your elbows and down into your forearms and your hands.

Notice that your hands are loose, limp and totally calm, let all tension and stress move out through your fingertips, moving out of your body, freely and easily.

Take that calm, relaxed feeling and move it into your chest, and into your diaphragm which controls your breathing.

Notice how your breathing is easy, and clear.

Breath in calmness, relaxation, and healing……..Breathe out all tension, and dis…..ease that exists in your body,………..

Breathing in healing and health, breathing out tension and stress, Breathing in calmness and relaxation, Breathing out all tension and stress………………..

Breathe in and breathe out moving that calm, relaxed feeling through your stomach, your pelvis, and down to your thighs, from your thighs to your knees, from your knees to the calves of your legs, from your legs to the tops of your feet, from the tops of your feet down to your toes.

Notice how all tension, stress and uncertainty leave your body through your feet and enter into the floor, all tension and stress gone as you move that calm relaxed feeling from your feet to the back of your legs, your thighs and through your buttock.

Now imagine a magic set of fingers gently massaging all tension and stress from your back as you allow the fingers to move vertebra, by vertebra, by vertebra, by vertebra up to your shoulder blades, notice how the magic fingers massage, and gently move all tension, stress and uptightness out of your body, massaging and moving, massaging and moving, and now gently massaging your neck, moving vertebra, by vertebra right to the base of your skull, and then let the magic fingers gently move over your head, massaging in clarity, confidence and relaxation as they dance across your head, into your forehead and back to your eyes, now opening your eyes, feeling, calm, relaxed and confident to move through the rest of the day, free of tension, gaining clarity, health and wellness with each step forward during your day.

A Positive Affirmation:

I know that I am loved, safe and protected as I journey through life.  I have comfort and joy in my life.  I embrace success and I am open and ready to manifest this now as I move forward cherishing each moment in the eternal now.

Email Writing Circle: Grounding

Grounding:   What grounds you? And what the heck does grounding mean?

I remember a day when grounding was the worst thing that could happen at the time.   Of course I was a young child then and it usually meant I was not allowed to participate in something or had to stay in my room.   So it meant boredom! But life goes a bit ass backwards sometimes, because now I look to be grounded.  Except it is me that grounds myself and not someone imposing it on me.

It’s a feeling of being whole and appreciating where I am at.   I find that when I am not grounded, I am always seeking something and striving for more, more and more.  Wanting more is not a bad thing, I suppose, but it’s also letting me know the present isn’t good enough.

So finding grounding for me, I can find it difficult as a mom right now.   Because I’m always looking for more but not just for myself but for my family.   Being a mom means I have to “sacrifice” parts of my being that I’m not always willing to give up sometimes.   And to be honest, I don’t see it so much as sacrifice because my family is not here for me.   We are here together.   So, right now, it’s a lack of a better word.

But if I don’t encourage parts of myself to grow – like writing – I get so lost and I seek to fill that void.   So grounding to me is being able to write.   It’s also being able to share honestly with who I am.   I say that because I work in a corporate world.   Nobody is really caring about what is going on with my feelings or what beliefs I carry.   It’s to get the job done, efficiently and have it done the day before it started.   And it’s an interesting experience, work, but it sure plays with me.   So I have found myself ungrounded these days because I haven’t been able to embrace those needs of who I am.   And depression set in.   And for those that have known me for sometimes, I am not the best at keeping in touch on the best of days.   So include depression into the mix, well I’ve been a turtle hiding in my shell.

But the truth is, I’ve just been struggling with balance of my responsibilities and keeping in touch with myself.   People and nature, along with writing – that’s my grounding.   And I hope to write more, now that I have no plastic in my wallet and I put my energy into what I can create instead of what I can buy.    How about that? I think I just discovered my spending habits….hmmmm.

So that’s my thoughts on grounding.  What do you think?