SomaMeditation for Taking a Stand


Listen and follow along as Madeline Wade guides you through this somatic practice.

Imagine yourself standing in a circle, and your energy is extending out like rays of light around your body. Your spine begins to open and each vertebra from the bottom of your skull to the end of your tail bone is expanding and softening.

As you breathe, let the top of your head and the bottom of your feet open.

Connect with the heavens (something bigger than all of us) and the earth (the big mama, the mother who loves us unconditionally). Feel this length.

Length is the connection with heaven and earth. It helps us to take a stand for our lives, for what we are here on this planet for. It is our dignity.

Now, enter into the magical place where imagination fills the air. You will find it deep inside of you. Take a deep breath and imagine you’re standing in the warm, moist grass of a summer's day. Feel your feet on the ground. Allow them to connect to the green grass gently blowing over your toes like butterfly wings. Notice if there are any creatures nearby. Welcome these creatures and thank them for joining you today.

Take another deep breath, and as you inhale draw up from the grass a green energy into the bottoms of your feet, pulling the energy up through your legs into your pelvis and flooding your center with green vibrant earth color. As you let your breath out, butterflies and bumble bees appear in front of you. Life is so magical.

Feel your body in this moment. What is relaxing? Where is the energy moving in your body?

As you stand rooted to the Mother Earth, begin to open the top of your head like a enchanted treasure chest opening to let the golden coins of love, wisdom and compassion drop inside. You are now connecting with the heavens, that which is bigger than all of us, which you might call God, Buddha, Heaven or Universe. This beautiful space brings to you a gift of golden energy that runs from the top of your head. Let it flow like warm honey down through your spine, your chest, your arms, and out through your fingers. It fills your center with warm golden light, now blending with the green energy you drew from the Mother Earth.

Take a deep breath, and in this moment feel the deep connection with the heavens and the earth. Start a deeper breath and begin to feel the energy growing and the aliveness in your body. Flowers begin to grow around your feet. Yellow daisies, lavender, roses, daffodils. Begin to breathe in the smells of the flowers that have grown on your path. Allow your spine to lengthen in the aroma of the gifts of nature.

As your breath begins to slow, as golden energy reaches your center, it becomes a root, first a strong taproot brown.and deep. Then more roots begin to move out from the center deep into the earth. They move through the soil, into rock where they keep growing and moving through the hardness of gray stone. They begin to feel the heat and they keep moving down into the center of the Mother. She is always there for you. She can take what you need to release; she can nourish you when you need it.

Feel your roots again and start to drink up the earth energy. Draw it slowly up through the bottoms of your feet. Let the warm darkness enter your body and feel the sensation in your legs as it moves up toward your pelvis. It swirls around your center as your breath begins to slow, and you drop deeply into the moist green grass surrounding your feet. The honey bees are buzzing to remind you of the energy that runs through you now, the birds joyously speaking of your life force as your body continues to relax into the flow of the day.

Breathe into the day. Open your body to the life that surrounds you. Stand tall in your life, and may you walk this path with grace and dignity, self-love, and self-respect.