Find Solace Outside: Meditations Led by Rabbi Katy Allen
These are challenging times. The barrage of bad news may make you anxious. The growing threats to our planet, health, family, friends, neighbors and legal system are scary. It’s hard to trust our leaders and our sources of information. The world seems to be spinning and many of us want the ride to stop; or, at least, slow down so we can catch our breath.
God’s beautiful creation can bring solace and stability to our troubled souls during these times. The colors, smells and sounds of nature are all gifts for us to appreciate and enjoy.
Rabbi Katy Allen of Ma’yan Tikvah, a congregation without walls based in Massachusetts, has put together some helpful videos to help guide viewers through outdoor meditations. Allen is a nature chaplain who helps people make a connection between religion/spirituality and the environment. Her new meditation videos are short, but they’re powerful and definitely worth watching.
“Feel your feet on the Earth,” she says. “And take yourself on a little journey around this planet.”
It’s a wonderful way to relax and connect to the world around you — the plants, the animals and the people who both think like you and don’t. We could all use this love and connection right now. We could all use the strength, compassion and courage it provides.
“Hold on to your gentleness as you feel how much you love, so very, very much,” Rabbi Katy Allen says.
Check out two videos below. The first can be done anywhere, although outside is probably the best place.
The one below is better done outside where you can walk around among the trees and find inspiration and power from their powerful roots.
Be sure to follow One Earth Collaborative for Allen’s latest meditation uploads. Also, check out the videos Allen has done on EdenKeeper in the past: A Transformation From Environmental Grief to Environmental Action, Why Pray Outside and Becoming a Peacemaker.
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