This month is Native American Heritage Month, which creates a space for us to learn about the Native people of the United States through their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and their concept of life. Growing up in Santa Fe, I had an amazing opportunity to experience their beautiful culture. The biggest takeaway from their culture is their respect of Mother Nature. It’s important we all start to reconnect to the earth and find ways to use our voice to protect her.
How can your little one (and you) connect to the earth? Grounding...when your body touches the ground! Did you know that grounding can help your little one feel centered, balanced and less tense? This goes for you too!
Try these grounding ideas and try to incorporate them into your lives:
👭 Head outside barefoot! Place your feet on the ground. Stand firm and tall like a tree. Take a walk and hold hands. The dirtier they get the better! Dig your feet into the soil, sand, grass.... How does it feel on your feet? Old, warm, slimy? And how does it make you feel?
🫁 Lay down outside. Breathe big in and out, in and out. Listen to all the sounds of the birds, the wind, the bugs.... What kind of sounds do you hear? Breath in all the smells. Do you smell grass? Touch the earth with your hands. What do you feel?
🧘🏿 Pick a special spot in nature to connect with. It can be by a tree in your backyard or a local park. Bring a blanket or sit on the ground! Why is this your special spot? Visit the special place often. What has changed since the last time you were here?
🌳 Hug a tree! It's that simple. Give your favorite tree (or any tree!) a big ol' hug. What is the texture? What does the bark smell like?
Vitamin D is waiting for you!