We’re in Valley Forge National Park, sitting under this amazing tree that’s still alive but lying on the ground, with these deep exposed roots. It’s a great place to practice meditation, a grounding meditation.

There are days when we feel flustered and unrooted, moments when we feel like we’re just living in our head. Those are the times when it’s most important to pause, even for a minute, and practice some deep breathing with your feet on the ground.

1-Minute Grounding Meditation

  • Take a seat with your feet on the ground
  • Take a deep breath in. Feel your body as you inhale.
  • Take a long breath out. Notice your body as you exhale.
  • Follow your breath in and out.
  • Rest your mind on your belly or your chest or at your nostrils. 
  • Just be aware as you breathe in and aware as you breathe out.


The tree we were sitting under is that small yellow spot in the middle of the above panoramic image of Valley Forge National Park.


Cara Bradley

Cara Bradley, cscs, eryt, is the author of the Amazon bestseller On The Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine. She’s an innovative leader in bodymind training. A teacher for over three decades, Cara is the founder of Verge BodyMind Center in suburban Philadelphia and works with CEOs, corporations, universities, and sports teams including Villanova University football and basketball. www.carabradley.net


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