The crown chakra is your gateway to the spiritual realm and your state of oneness with the Universe.

Letting go of your ego is one of the most important things you can do to maintain a balanced and open crown chakra, and what better way to do that than by spending more time in nature?

Nature grounds us when we’ve become a little too lost in our egos—and this is exactly what we need to be able to move beyond low-consciousness thought and into a higher state of love and purpose.

Here are are five ways to put yourself deeper in touch with nature so that you can regain your footing on the path you need to take toward greater spiritual growth.


1. Trade sitting meditation for a meditative walk through a green or wooded area.

Meditation doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sit still. Taking your meditation outdoors—even in the winter—is a wonderful way to combine the benefits of physical activity with the therapeutic effects of nature.

As you walk down your chosen path, trail, or sidewalk, focus on your senses like your feet hitting the ground with each step, the coolness of your breath as you breathe in the dry and cold air, the sounds you hear around you, and the sights that you see. Here’s a more detailed step-by-step process on how to do a walking meditation.


2. Find ways to immerse yourself in sunlight.

Thought and light are the two main elements associated with the crown chakra, so getting outside when the sun is shining at its brightest—such as around noon or on clear days—is definitely ideal. Bonus points if you do your walking meditation on a sunny day!

If getting outside isn’t an option because the weather is too cold, you could stay warm inside and try gazing out from a window while letting the sunlight reach your skin.


3. Appreciate the little things that Mother Nature does.

As you walk outside or gaze outside your window, ask yourself, what do I genuinely love about the work of Mother Nature? You might appreciate the way that the snow falls, the way the frost paints unique designs on your windows, or the incredible polar opposites of the seasons—such as the frozen stillness of winter versus the lively activity of summer.

Loving nature exactly how it is can help you connect to deeper parts of yourself, opening the doors to greater self-knowledge and understanding that you are so much more than what you think you might be on the surface.


4. Nurture the plant and animal life around you.

Let your appreciation for nature inspire great actions of love. Whether you choose to hang a bird feeder in your yard, tend to your indoor or outdoor plants, or start preparing a small herb garden for spring, the love you show the environment and wildlife around you will come back to you.

Above all, make sure to perform these actions out of unconditional love rather than by obligation or expectation that it will benefit you in some way. It’s those selfless acts of pure love that will lead you to balance and open your crown chakra—not the beliefs or rules you’ve been taught to follow just so you can get something out of it.