AwareNow: Issue 18: The Outside Edition

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‘UNSUGARCOATED’ EXCLUSIVE COLUMN BY AALIA LANIUS

GROW WITH THE FLOW

MAGICAL MOMENTS IN MAUI

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” -Nikola Telsa

One of Earth’s great chakra points, Maui, is full of sacred places that are both healing and magical. I’ve only recently begun traveling again and I am grateful to be getting out in the world. I’ve experienced and recovered from multiple traumas in my life, and when March 2020 hit, my reactive thought was, “I’m ready for this!” And I was. But as we continue to move through the COVID pandemic, my resilience limits have been tested and a work trip to Maui couldn’t have had better timing.

Normally, on a tropical trip to paradise, I might be irritated if I have to wake up early. In this case, I was thankful that because of the time difference between Hawaii and Los Angeles, my work as a daily radio co-host for World Wide Radio on Clubhouse had me up to do my segment at 3:30 AM via phone. It was all that I could do to contain myself as I walked down to the beach in the dark, threw my shoes off, and firmly planted my feet on the ground beneath me.

“As I felt the charge move through my body, my lips turned into a smile, hearing the waves crash against the shore and then watching the light creep its way into the dawn, reminding me of what I love most about being outdoors - it’s healing power.”

Once the show was done, I closed my eyes, drew in a deep breath, and I focused on the therapeutic technique called “grounding”, an activity intended to electrically reconnect you to the earth. As I felt the charge move through my body, my lips turned into a smile, hearing the waves crash against the shore and then watching the light creep its way into the dawn, reminding me of what I love most about being outdoors—it’s healing power.

Considering our relation to Earth, I imagine it to be like leaves on a tree. And like a tree, Earth is our source of existence. If you don’t accept this, consider that we cannot decide to stop consuming food and water provided by the world we live in—we will perish. I say this only to emphasize our connection and why an exercise like grounding has the effect it does. Grounding exercises are especially important for people who stay in their heads too much. I find as a creative, I need to find ways to relax and stay connected with the vital energy source of the earth. A modality like grounding, can elicit physical healing through a sense of connection, inspiration and gratitude. 97 AWARENOW / THE OUTSIDE EDITION

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