Celebrate Earth Month: Try these 4 Meditations to Connect with the Earth

April 14, 2021
Celebrate Earth Month Try these 4 Meditations to Connect with the Earth


[Credit: NASA, Sunrise over Earth]

We Are Nature

What is it about being outdoors in Nature that is so refreshing? When you’re breathing fresh air and taking in the natural sounds around you, don’t you feel closer to our Earth?

In Body & Brain we have a saying, “We are Nature.” Why? Because according to ancient wisdom, everything natural on Earth is connected by Qi, the vital energy of life. Humans and all life forms have Qi.

The month of April, Earth Month, is typically full of outdoor learning activities about how to protect or restore our natural environment. Besides learning practical skills, we hope you’ll consider adding an experience of Qi in Nature as a way to more deeply connect with the Earth.

Afternoon Sun at Torrey Pines State Park

Credit: S. Henry, Afternoon Sun at Torrey Pines State Park (2021)

How to Connect with the Energy of Nature

In Body & Brain classes, you’ll learn how to sense Qi energy in your body and use it for basic self-healing. Once you develop an awareness of Qi, you can connect with the Qi energy in Nature and fully enjoy practicing outdoors.

Here are four meditations that can help you to experience Qi energy:

1. Jigam

One of the simplest ways to develop a sense of your energy is Jigam, the art of sensing energy with your hands to quiet your thoughts and emotions. Try this easy 10-minute routine:

2. Qigong

Once you can sense energy with your hands and feel the calming effect, then you might want to try Qigong. Qigong is a whole-body practice based on the same energy principles as Jigam. Qigong movements can help you improve your energy circulation, balance, coordination and leg strength. Body & Brain Master Chungsuk created this simple moving meditation to help us connect to the Earth:

After learning to sense Qi energy through Jigam or Qigong, try practicing these moving meditations along with the sounds of Nature. If you can’t get outside, enjoy these pre-recorded nature videos from .

Master Diep sensing Nature

Credit: C. Jensen, Master Diep sensing Nature (2020)

3. Waterfall Meditation

Enjoy powerful water energy while you practice Jigam or Qigong. The sound of flowing water can help you clear your mind, calm your emotions and relax for deeper sleep:

4. Wind & Clouds Meditation

This video brings you the sights and sounds of Arizona’s Red Rock Country. As you practice Jigam or Qigong, receive powerful wind and earth energy as the clouds drift by the majestic pillars of Cathedral Rock in Sedona.

How to Connect with Us

To learn more about Body & Brain, check out this video:

Then go to our website, / and schedule an online or in-person visit – we’d love to meet you!

For more about our energy connection with the Earth, we recommend these books:

, Ilchi Lee (2019)
, Ilchi Lee and Emanuel Pastreich, PhD (2016).

Written by Susan Henry
Susan Henry is a certified health coach, yoga and tai chi-qigong instructor who leads a team of ѨƵ Foundation volunteers in San Diego County. A former federal chief information officer, she decided to re-focus on integrative health practices as a way of paying forward the benefits she had received through ѨƵ training.