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Practicing when there is snow everywhere
« on: March 01, 2013, 12:33:53 pm »
Sorry - another question from me.  They are coming at me all the time now.  I live in a place where the earth is covered in snow a good six months out of the year.  There is now four feet of snow (and four awesome snow forts in my backyard) on the ground.  And while I *think* I can smell spring in the air, it will be a good month or two yet before I can traipse around outside barefoot without freezing my tootsies.

A lot of the rituals and meditations I am finding call for grounding yourself in the earth - for the rest of you who live in snowy places, how do you handle this?  I have a bag of soil from the farm that I grew up in which always has pride of place anywhere I live - would this suffice?  Or can I use the cats when they are agreeable to sitting with me for a bit?

On a similar topic, I know that some traditions do not consume the food or drink left as offerings, but rather, offer it to the earth afterwards.  Again, there is about six months where this isn't the best option for me, but I don't want to just throw an offering in the garbage.  Any suggestions or experiences you have or would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!

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Re: Practicing when there is snow everywhere
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2013, 12:37:28 pm »
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A lot of the rituals and meditations I am finding call for grounding yourself in the earth - for the rest of you who live in snowy places, how do you handle this?  I have a bag of soil from the farm that I grew up in which always has pride of place anywhere I live - would this suffice?  Or can I use the cats when they are agreeable to sitting with me for a bit?

Unless you're floating in mid-air somewhere, you are connected to the earth.  You don't actually need to be sitting on the ground to ground yourself.  Your bedroom/living room/garage floor will do nicely.

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Re: Practicing when there is snow everywhere
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2013, 12:57:08 pm »
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Sorry - another question from me.  They are coming at me all the time now.  I live in a place where the earth is covered in snow a good six months out of the year.  There is now four feet of snow (and four awesome snow forts in my backyard) on the ground.  And while I *think* I can smell spring in the air, it will be a good month or two yet before I can traipse around outside barefoot without freezing my tootsies.

A lot of the rituals and meditations I am finding call for grounding yourself in the earth - for the rest of you who live in snowy places, how do you handle this?  I have a bag of soil from the farm that I grew up in which always has pride of place anywhere I live - would this suffice?  Or can I use the cats when they are agreeable to sitting with me for a bit?

On a similar topic, I know that some traditions do not consume the food or drink left as offerings, but rather, offer it to the earth afterwards.  Again, there is about six months where this isn't the best option for me, but I don't want to just throw an offering in the garbage.  Any suggestions or experiences you have or would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!


Oh, Saskatchewan.  

You can ground indoors. You don't actually have to be outside - just picture the energy moving through the floor from the earth. If I had to go outside to ground I'd be soaked all the time! (You get snow, we get rain.)

I've thrown offerings in the garbage. I live in a city - sometimes it's just not advisable or feasible to be leaving plates of food on the corner. For some things you can always have an 'offering pot' - basically a container of dirt where you pour libations and the like. I've never used one, since if I'm pouring out booze I usually do walk down to a corner and dump it out on the concrete.

It may not be the most romantic disposal method, but the spirits have already taken what they need from the offering anyway.

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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2013, 01:29:14 pm »
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Unless you're floating in mid-air somewhere, you are connected to the earth.  You don't actually need to be sitting on the ground to ground yourself.  Your bedroom/living room/garage floor will do nicely.

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Thanks Brina!  It would be super cool if I could float in mid-air, but alas.

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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2013, 01:31:12 pm »
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Oh, Saskatchewan.  

You can ground indoors. You don't actually have to be outside - just picture the energy moving through the floor from the earth. If I had to go outside to ground I'd be soaked all the time! (You get snow, we get rain.)

I've thrown offerings in the garbage. I live in a city - sometimes it's just not advisable or feasible to be leaving plates of food on the corner. For some things you can always have an 'offering pot' - basically a container of dirt where you pour libations and the like. I've never used one, since if I'm pouring out booze I usually do walk down to a corner and dump it out on the concrete.

It may not be the most romantic disposal method, but the spirits have already taken what they need from the offering anyway.

 
I'll take the snow and sunshine over the rain! :p

Thanks for the suggestions - I guess I'll have to get over it and just put things in the garbage until it warms up.  A plant or a pot of dirt is a great idea for libations - thanks!

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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2013, 01:40:54 pm »
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I'll take the snow and sunshine over the rain! :p

Thanks for the suggestions - I guess I'll have to get over it and just put things in the garbage until it warms up.  A plant or a pot of dirt is a great idea for libations - thanks!

 
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2013, 02:21:29 pm »
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Vancouver gets sunshine! ...for like, two months. XD

 
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2013, 03:18:43 pm »
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Sorry - another question from me.  They are coming at me all the time now.  I live in a place where the earth is covered in snow a good six months out of the year.  There is now four feet of snow (and four awesome snow forts in my backyard) on the ground.  And while I *think* I can smell spring in the air, it will be a good month or two yet before I can traipse around outside barefoot without freezing my tootsies.

A lot of the rituals and meditations I am finding call for grounding yourself in the earth - for the rest of you who live in snowy places, how do you handle this?  I have a bag of soil from the farm that I grew up in which always has pride of place anywhere I live - would this suffice?  Or can I use the cats when they are agreeable to sitting with me for a bit?

On a similar topic, I know that some traditions do not consume the food or drink left as offerings, but rather, offer it to the earth afterwards.  Again, there is about six months where this isn't the best option for me, but I don't want to just throw an offering in the garbage.  Any suggestions or experiences you have or would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!

 
Minnesota dweller at the moment, I feel your pain... While I love snow, the regular -40 degree weather during the winter months makes any long trips outside more than a little uncomfortable.

Once every few weeks I'll go outside and wander around a bit, the park paths are usually shoveled out a bit for the dog walkers around here. Or I'll go to a parking lot that's somewhat secluded and just reconnect.

But for the times when I want more time "outdoors," I tend to improvise. I have a sliding glass door overlooking the backyard (yeah there used to be a deck there but it was rotten so we tore it out....) and I'll just pull back the curtains and sit in that space. It does the trick for those times when getting outdoors would involve 25 hours of shoveling first. There's also a little trail to the pine tree in my backyard (snow doesn't pile beneath it) for my more regular visits.

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Re: Practicing when there is snow everywhere
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2013, 03:27:44 pm »
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On a similar topic, I know that some traditions do not consume the food or drink left as offerings, but rather, offer it to the earth afterwards.  Again, there is about six months where this isn't the best option for me, but I don't want to just throw an offering in the garbage.  Any suggestions or experiences you have or would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!

 
It's possible to ground yourself in ways other than earth, too - just that the planet under us is awfully big, has a lot of ambient energy, and that's handy. (there's a page on my website with some other ideas besides the ones discussed here: http://gleewood.org/seeking/practices/grounding/)

As for offerings - depending what they are, outside may still be appropriate as long as you can get out safely/appropriately. There are, after all, birds and animals around that could make use of a number of kinds of offering. (My offerings are very much token, in practice: a pinch of bread, a teaspoonful or two of wine. I leave them on my balcony at the moment, when I need to, or under the tree outside my porch, depending on which is handier when I have one - I'm in Maine, and we've got about a foot of snow on the ground right now.)

With any offering you leave outside, you want to have a thought about impact on the animals who might eat it (chocolate is bad for a bunch of creatures, for example), but that still leaves you some options.
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2013, 05:44:11 pm »
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Minnesota dweller at the moment, I feel your pain... While I love snow, the regular -40 degree weather during the winter months makes any long trips outside more than a little uncomfortable.

Once every few weeks I'll go outside and wander around a bit, the park paths are usually shoveled out a bit for the dog walkers around here. Or I'll go to a parking lot that's somewhat secluded and just reconnect.

But for the times when I want more time "outdoors," I tend to improvise. I have a sliding glass door overlooking the backyard (yeah there used to be a deck there but it was rotten so we tore it out....) and I'll just pull back the curtains and sit in that space. It does the trick for those times when getting outdoors would involve 25 hours of shoveling first. There's also a little trail to the pine tree in my backyard (snow doesn't pile beneath it) for my more regular visits.

 
I am the only person I know who likes -40 weather.  Oh well.  I go for a lot of walks, and actually find that shovelling the walk and the drive is a great chance to connect.  I like to just stop and close my eyes and listen (lots of coyotes around right now) and to take deep breaths of the crispness in the air.  And I find that sitting in the sun spot in the front room really good for connecting, too.  I'll have to think about both activities now in terms of grounding.  Thanks!

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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2013, 05:52:14 pm »
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It's possible to ground yourself in ways other than earth, too - just that the planet under us is awfully big, has a lot of ambient energy, and that's handy. (there's a page on my website with some other ideas besides the ones discussed here: http://gleewood.org/seeking/practices/grounding/)

As for offerings - depending what they are, outside may still be appropriate as long as you can get out safely/appropriately. There are, after all, birds and animals around that could make use of a number of kinds of offering. (My offerings are very much token, in practice: a pinch of bread, a teaspoonful or two of wine. I leave them on my balcony at the moment, when I need to, or under the tree outside my porch, depending on which is handier when I have one - I'm in Maine, and we've got about a foot of snow on the ground right now.)

With any offering you leave outside, you want to have a thought about impact on the animals who might eat it (chocolate is bad for a bunch of creatures, for example), but that still leaves you some options.

 
Thank you for that link! I've just  had a quick peek at it, but I can already tell it's going to help me when I'm trying to meditate/ground myself.  The visualization will, I think, be especially heplful in trying to help me focus - I tend to get distracted by the shiny a bit too easily sometimes.

I go for frequent walks, and always take an apple with me to leave as an offering wherever I see deer tracks - I guess I could start thinking of that as being my offering instead of focusing on leaving something inside on my altar.  I don't really want to pour any liquids outside right now, because I tend to use alcohol, and my cats are crazy enough without finding a whiskey slush outside!  I guess I could just use smaller amounts.  I am a little bit embarrassed now that I didn't think of that already.  :o  Thanks for the suggestions, Jenett!

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« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2013, 05:53:50 pm »
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I am the only person I know who likes -40 weather.  Oh well.  I go for a lot of walks, and actually find that shovelling the walk and the drive is a great chance to connect.  I like to just stop and close my eyes and listen (lots of coyotes around right now) and to take deep breaths of the crispness in the air.  And I find that sitting in the sun spot in the front room really good for connecting, too.  I'll have to think about both activities now in terms of grounding.  Thanks!

 
Yeah... I have no way of insulating myself against the cold and end up in hoodies if it's less than 70 degrees. :p But guess what my closet is full of! haha

On a side note, I'm envious of your snow. Usually here we get around... 8 feet... but the last few years we've been lucky to get 3 at the most at any given time.

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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2013, 06:00:41 pm »
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Yeah... I have no way of insulating myself against the cold and end up in hoodies if it's less than 70 degrees. :p But guess what my closet is full of! haha

On a side note, I'm envious of your snow. Usually here we get around... 8 feet... but the last few years we've been lucky to get 3 at the most at any given time.

 

Here we have to buy totally winter-specific outdoor wardrobes.  However, I have just transitioned from my winter boots to my insulated wellies.  Next step - sandals!

I feel your pain - last year, we had almost no snow at all.  It was awful.  I grew up on a farm, and I hate to think of the earth not having the snow to rest under and get nourishment from.  I swear I can feel its discomfort when that happens.

We call hoodies 'bunnyhugs' where I am from.  They are my favourite piece of clothing of all time.  :D:

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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2013, 07:06:02 pm »
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Re: Practicing when there is snow everywhere
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2013, 07:34:04 pm »
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I am the only person I know who likes -40 weather.  Oh well.  I go for a lot of walks, and actually find that shovelling the walk and the drive is a great chance to connect.  I like to just stop and close my eyes and listen (lots of coyotes around right now) and to take deep breaths of the crispness in the air.  And I find that sitting in the sun spot in the front room really good for connecting, too.  I'll have to think about both activities now in terms of grounding.  Thanks!

I love the winter (born in Winnipeg!) so I totally get what you mean. There's a quality to the air when it's still and cold that is just magical :)

Lots of good grounding advice here already, but I will say that stomping out a labyrinth or spiral in nice deep snow is a very grounding exercise for me (but then I find physical activity often to be very grounding!).
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