Laying Back to Roots

Being in nature is the best way to slow down, get grounded and become present to life.  A walk in a forest, some time near a body of water, climbing on rocks in canyon lands… even if for a small amount of time.  

Being an empath, I am particularly sensitive to the types of environments I find myself in.  Cities are exciting, but my energy drains quickly with so much to take in.  I try to pick any kind of dwelling wisely.  When I can’t, a retreat to the ocean is the quickest way to restoration, no matter what energy lingers.

There is nothing quite like the cleansing and healing powers of the ocean. The sound of the waves is calming and relaxing.  The salt of the ocean air is purifying and cleansing.  Salt has been used and revered for centuries.  It has also been used to cleanse, purify and protect from psychic energies.

Have you ever been to a beach or a beach town that wasn’t laid back?  Karl and I managed to make it to the East coast of Oaxaca to a beach town called, Zipolite.  It was a much needed break from the driving and the many new places we’d gone.

If you find yourself lost in the speed of life, find the salt of the earth to bring you back to your roots and give you back the energy lost.


I am a non-practicing psychotherapist with a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I will be working towards licensure after our travels. During our journey through Mexico and Central and South America I’m exploring other cultural and community value systems and environmental and relational dynamics that influence mental health and happiness. I am also writing a book about anger. The book includes research collected throughout my clinical and academic studies in psychology, as well as personal thoughts and life experiences as a heavy metal musician, and other’s thoughts on and/or experiences with anger.

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