"Get your hands dirty" - a great metaphor for life. When is the last time you took it literally?
Today, I invite you to truly get your hands dirty - in good ol' dirt. Feel soil between your fingers, remind yourself of the earth.
If you like to garden, a great sustainable (and efficient) use of excess leaves and yard trash is to designate a small area of your yard as a compost pile. You can contain it with chicken wire, or get fancy with it and buy a compost container. I find that nature does the work just fine with simple conditions - on top of dried oak leaves, I throw kitchen scraps (not any cooked stuff or meat, just left-over veggie material - lettuce, pistachio shells, orange peels, etc etc). Rain helps everything cook - after a few weeks of "simmering", a lovely rich and aerated soil is made that is full of nutrients that your plants will love. I mix it in with topsoil from my backyard for a lovely planting blend.
If you are in an urban environment, go to the park today - even for just a few minutes. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes and let your other senses take over. Get a little plant (succulents are easy to care for indoors in a sunny spot) to bring nature in to your domain. These simple nods to Mama Nature can help ease the spirit and create a sense of Grounding.