“Like trees with their roots firmly planted in the earth, we too can remain resilient amidst life’s storms if we nurture our roots – the core values, beliefs, and needs that anchor us.”– Kori Meloy
The Essence of Staying Rooted
In our rapidly evolving world, it’s all too easy to feel adrift, disconnected from our true selves. Information, expectations, and demands besiege us, leaving scarce time to focus on personal well-being. However, the secret to a healthy, fulfilling life lies in remaining rooted—nourishing our minds and bodies at their deepest levels.
To remain rooted is to stay tethered to our core values, beliefs, and needs. It involves taking the time to nourish ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually, ensuring our actions and choices are in harmony with our authentic selves.
The Challenges and Rewards of Remaining Rooted
But staying grounded is not a simple task. It requires us to decelerate, tune in, and heed our inner wisdom. It asks us to make conscious decisions about how we allocate our time, energy, and resources. The rewards, however, are immeasurable.
By nourishing ourselves at the root level, we lay a robust foundation for health and well-being. We become more resilient, equipped to weather life’s storms. We attain greater clarity, focus, and inner tranquility.
How then can we incorporate the practice of staying rooted in our daily lives? Here are a few practices:
Strategies to Remain Rooted
Time for self-care
Prioritize self-care in your daily routine. Consider activities such as exercise, meditation, journaling, or spending time in nature. Living in Hawaii, I find the island’s natural beauty offers a unique balm for the soul. The ocean’s rhythmic dance, the tropical breezes, the vibrant foliage—they all whisper of the healing powers of nature, helping me remain grounded.
Connecting with your values
Reflect on your core values and beliefs. What truly matters to you? How can you ensure your actions and choices align with these values?
Mindfulness is the art of being present, fully engaged with whatever you’re doing. Try weaving mindfulness into your daily routine, focusing on your breath, body sensations, or the task at hand. If you feel yourself go inward, bring yourself back to the present. Bring your head to where your feet are!
Be mindful of what you consume. Opt for foods that nourish and support your body at a cellular level. For example, eating within 30 minutes of waking. If you can change one simple habit this year, make it eating breakfast. your body cannot run on thin air, and coffee is not breakfast. drinking coffee on an empty stomach will keep you in a hypo-metabolic state through the rise of your stress hormones, further suppressing your appetite for breakfast. so if you’re not hungry for breakfast normally, you’re currently in a hypo-metabolic state. if you’re a coffee snob, you can still be a coffee snob! just eat food first!
Staying rooted is a lifelong journey. It’s not an overnight achievement but a quality we nurture over time through consistent practice. By nourishing our minds and bodies at the root level, we can cultivate a robust foundation for health, happiness, and fulfillment.