Today, as we celebrate National Indigenous Day and the International Day of Yoga, it seemed like the perfect chance to talk about the importance of getting grounded. Summer offers such a lovely opportunity to connect with nature, and thus, ourselves. Although often it seems like we are more connected to technology, there are heaps of research showing the importance and benefits of time in outdoor spaces. Today, on Summer Solstice, we are lucky to share in the teachings of Indigenous peoples of Canada and the ancient teachings of India.
As we remember the importance of reconnecting with something beyond our screens, I wanted to acknowledge it isn't always easy. FOMO can sneak in, or someone can share something and we grab a device intended to just look at "one thing" and notice that we've ended up scrolling our feed. Despite the learning curve, being offline has given me much more time to connect to real life... in those moments where I may have addictively grabbed for my phone, not having social media on it, I soon put it down and pick up a book or journal, my ukulele, or head outside.
The hypocrisy of sending this note to you today is not lost on me... It is a good laugh to have to use technology to share the importance of getting off of it! But, it is about using technology and not being used by it. This was my little stint sitting at my screen, and now I am off to Yoga in the Park, helping support yoga and meditation getting into under serviced communities. This year I am excited to be helping the cause with donations of both my book and yoga game. I am looking forward to time under the big sky, movement and time with smiling faces. Perhaps you can join me?!
Hope to see you soon,
PS - Katy Bowman recently released a new podcast on how social media is (still) shaping your body. Perhaps while you're on a walk, or weeding the garden you can have a listen!