What’s happening here with the plants today?
Guidance for cultivating gratitude while sitting outside, from 8 Shields:
Feel the ground, smell the Earth; get into your senses, feel your connection to the Earth, how the Earth supports you in so many ways.
Low growing plants, foods and medicines. What’s happening here with the plant’s today? Appreciation for how they tie into your life.
Water on the landscape or internally. Life comes from the water. Let that appreciation flow.
Animals. Pets and how they support you in your connection. Tracks, other mysteries.
Shrubs; what’s happening with the shrubs? Do they have fruits on them? And appreciation to the life they bring to the landscape.
Birds. Are they singing? Are they alarming?
Air on your skin. Where is the breeze coming from? Sky, clouds, weather.
Moon. Can you point to where it is in the sky? What phase it’s in? So many cycles of life tied to the phases of the moon. Feel that inner connection of life to the moon.
Sun. Bringing life to Earth. Where is the sun? Pockets of shade?
Stars. Remember all the stories that are up there, painted across the sky. Where is the North Star at night. Get a sense of direction from them.
We’re always at the center of the 4 directions. Where are you in relation to the 4 directions? Really nice way to center and ground yourself in your spot.
Time, movement of life across time. Recognize your place in the cycle of time. Life that is coming too and we get to be in the center of that going and coming.
Own body, on creativity. What is creativity bringing forward in your life today?