Grandmother’s Gift

I took a mental break from my every day and really fell in love with Carrot Ranch’s prompt forest bathing. I grew up with my grandmother teaching me Earthing or grounding. I learned a lot from her and about spirituality and paganism and still practice some methods today. Writing is a ritual for me and it’s helping me come to terms and get through a lot.


‘I’m going to share something with you, little one. Come,’ my grandmother said reaching for my hand leading me into the woods behind our house.
‘Take your shoes off love,’ that’s when I realized she was already barefoot.
She sat me under an old silver oak and positioned my feet on the earth in front of me. I felt calm and sleepy when she said, ‘Do you feel that? That’s mother Earth replenishing you. If you listen deep enough, she is also taking and healing your heart and soul. Whenever you feel like giving up, come back to her.

6 Word Story: 3/12

Having CPTSD has taught me that using the grounding technique I can better get through my panic attacks. Not all the time but the times that it does work I feel stronger.

Prompt Word: Up & Away

Grounding gave her freedom to live.

6 Word Story: 2/16

Growing up in the south I have fond memories as a child playing in the woods and creeks behind our neighborhood. Before the town became the now busy metropolis, it was surreal and calming. There wasn’t fear of kids running and playing and just basically being kids. When things wouldn’t be going right at home I would mount my bike and head for the hills (with woods and creeks). In there I would feel safe, at peace, at home. Now where I live there really isn’t woods like I had growing up and 9 times out of 10 there are no trespassing signs or it’s a hunter’s property. What I wouldn’t give to be able to go to a thicket of woods, barefoot, and breath in the wild and exhale the wilderness that I have in my head and body.

Prompt Word: Nature’s Gifts

The morning forest was her guardian.

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