Holistic Practices for Integration: Part 2
Nature – In Tantra, we would place nature and spirit animals into the magic realm of consciousness (Gebser). It is where we tune into the fabric of everything from the bark on a tree, the grass on the ground, the birds in the sky, and the fresh daffodils that are blooming. There is a feeling of no separation between myself and that thing – I am the grass, I am the dew drop, I am the tree, I am the sky, I am you. Taking a walk in nature after a journey and putting your bare feet on the ground, tuning into the breath and allowing yourself to absorb Mother Earth is a great practice for integration. This is a powerful practice.
Movement – Conscious movement helps you to integrate the deeper spiritual and emotional depths of your journey deep into your body. All of the new research is showing what the ancients already knew about the participation of the soma in conjunction with mind and emotion. Be that yoga, Tai Chi, nature walking, ecstatic dance, rock climbing, skiing, or exercise through primal movement patterns. Bottom line…it’s imperative that we move our bodies! Get out and dance, walk, climb, and move. It’s a wonderful way to integrate your journey and embody the lessons.
Community – Sharing our experiences with others and feeling supported and seen is what truly nourishes us. Medicine work can feel really isolating, with all the highs and lows that this kind of work brings. It’s paramount that we surround ourselves with people who are on a similar path and want to learn from one another. Check out my latest blog detailing the importance of community and sign up for my Hikerdose event!
Flower Essences – I find that these potent little gems work on the deepest patterns of our being. The liquid plant preparations made from fresh flower blossoms imprint water with their energetic properties. These vibrational remedies specifically address mental/emotional patterns that may be affecting your overall wellness. Traditionally they are used under the tongue with three drops. To get you started, check out this link with a pretty robust list of healing herbs and flower essences.
I hope you enjoyed this brief overview of holistic practices that I personally use for integration. Keep an eye out for more articles diving deeper into these topics in the next couple of months. They are rich and ever-evolving!
Let’s continue to build community!
I am excited to announce my Hikerdose event on April 16th from 2 pm – 5 pm EST just outside Asheville. When you sign up, I will send you the location details. This will be a beautiful day out in nature with a light sacrament offering and a chance to connect with a community of spiritual seekers like yourself. Hope to see you there!