Here’s an easy, guided meditation technique to help ground you when you’re feeling ‘spaced out,’ or give you an energy boost when you’re tired or worn down. The Tree of Life meditation only takes about 10 minutes, but feel free to make it last longer if you’re enjoying yourself.
Tree of Life Meditation Technique
Begin by sitting it in a comfortable position. You can use a chair if you like, but for the best results, sit on the ground. You want to sit straight (no slouching) but allow your spine to conform to its natural curve.
Now spend about 2-3 minutes breathing slowly and deeply, quieting your mind. Once you feel relaxed and focused, you can begin.
1. Grow your Root
Bring your attention to the base of your spine. Imagine that with each breath, you’re stretching a root or roots down into the Earth. Feel your root go through the surface of grass or cement, then further into the rich, dark soil that blankets the planet. Feel the coolness of the Earth as you go deeper, moving away from air and light.
With each breath, allow your root to go even deeper, through fresh, underground springs and deep water tables.
Soon you come to the Earth’s hard crust. Here, space opens for your root to reach through and toward the heart of our planet.
Notice any thoughts, sensations, or images that come to you as you travel on this inner journey. You don’t need to judge these, observe them, and let them pass.
Keep breathing as your root moves into the mantle. You may begin to feel the heat coming from Earth’s outer core as you move toward the molten core.
2. The Heart of the Earth
Breath and allow your root to penetrate to the very Heart of Earth – Her inner core.
Sit for a moment and bask in your deep connection to Earth. Feel how grounded and centered you are. Appreciate your body and the body of the planet. Thank Her for the bounty she provides.
3. Draw it Up
When you’re ready, begin drawing energy from this heart center into your root. With each breath, draw up the power of stability, grounding, and love.
See the energy rise through the earth’s layers – slowly with each breath – until it reaches the base of your spine. Notice any colors or sensations, observing and allowing them without judgment.
4. Awaken your Chakras
Now begin drawing this energy into your body at the base of your spine. Feel it spiraling up and into your red, Root chakra – the center of Earth Connection and the Body.
Breath and feel it spiraling up into your orange, Second chakra – the center of Sexuality and Creativity. Breath it up further still, into your yellow, Solar Plexus chakra – the center of Will and Personal Power.
Notice any sensations, image, or thoughts you may associate with the chakras as this Earth energy rises through them. Just observe. No need to judge or analyze.
Now breath and draw up the energy into your green Heart chakra–the center of Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness. Feel the flood of loving-kindness envelope you as the energy of the Earth rises upward.
Now allow the energy to come up into your Throat chakra – the center of Communication. Let your thoughts dwell for a moment on the power and pleasure of speaking truth from your heart.
Next, you’ll feel the energy rise to the Third Eye or Brow chakra, a place of Vision and Inner Sight. Again, notice any thoughts, sensations or images without judging.
5. Reach for the Sky
As the energy reaches the top of your head and through the Crown chakra, imagine it bursting forth like branches of a tree.
Feel your branches reach up and out toward the heavens. Allow yourself to draw in the energy of spirit through your leaves and branches.
Sit for a few more minutes, basking in your connection to both Earth and Heaven.
When you’re ready, take a few deep breaths and open your eyes.
After you’ve tried this, let us know what you think. Do you like to use visualization for your meditations? How well did this one work for you? Do you feel more grounded? More energized?