I think it is really important to ones well-being to feel grounded. If you do not feel grounded then you feel out of balance, stressed, harried and scattered.
When I was in my twenties and early thirties I often felt like I was ungrounded. Life just managed to pull me in too many directions at once. My trick to get back to feeling grounded in those days was to go and stay with my grandparents for awhile. They always lived in out of the way quiet places and their life style was slow and calm. It felt so good to melt in with their pace for awhile. Now that they are both gone I have had to come up with other ways to feel grounded.
I think being grounded means that our body and mind are integrated and to accomplish that it’s important to take yourself out of your own head a bit. Most of us live too much in our heads and lose awareness of the rest. I’ve discovered a whole bunch of different ways to feel grounded again and here are a few of my favourites:
1. Notice nature. Even little things like walking on the grass barefoot, studying a spider at work in its web, watching a robin pull a worm, playing with my dog, etc.
2. Hanging out with my best friend. Talking or not. Just being with someone you know so well and trust completely can be very therapeutic.
3. Cuddling with my husband. Feeling love wrap around you…can it get any better than that?!
4. Meditating. Breathing deeply and focusing on nothingness. Can’t feel scattered when you do that.
5. Exercising to great music. That’s why I love going to Zumba class so much.
How about you Jacquie and Tracy? What makes you feel grounded?
In high school I remember being introduced to basic psychological concepts having to do with maintaining mental equilibrium and what could happen it they were to suddenly disappear. We all intuitively accept that when we go to sit on a chair it’s going to hold us up. We have implicit trust in the structural integrity of that chair not to let us fall. Sure, sometimes a leg does break and we take a tumble, but we can rationalize that it was old, or a joint gave way, and so we don’t lose faith that the next time we bend to sit that chair will hold firm again. Can you imagine what life would be like if we couldn’t trust these basic tenets? Frightening. We’d be second guessing every step we’d want to take or every move we’d want to make and our nerves would be shot.
So, faith and trust ground me when I feel I’m starting to float away and lose that gravitational pull. Faith that the people I love know my heart and understand me, and trust that most people in my life really do have the best of intentions and are honest and intrinsically good. If I didn’t believe this then it would be like living in a vacuum.
Being grounded is not a natural state for an artist, I think. I’m always on the move, dreaming and scheming and planning and pushing, and this sometimes leads to feeling disappointed and adrift. Setting up the easel and painting is good way for me to refocus, but it’s ultimately the conviction of my own thoughts that gets me back on track. Whatever method you use to eliminate distractions it’s still your own head that makes the choice between calm and confusion. The trick is to be honest with yourself, even if you can’t be with others. Ask yourself the hard questions and expect hard answers. It’s the only way to grow.
Great topic Bonnie, especially because after spending 10 days with you and John I felt just that. It’s so important to stay grounded and finding ways to do that is the key. For a free spirited Aquarian that can sometimes be difficult.
What makes me feel most grounded is when I spent time with close friends. I always leave feeling grounded and centered once again. Certain people in my life just seem to have a grounding effect on me. Life can so easily get out of balance with how busy we make our lives, so you have to take time with those who bring you back to your roots.
My kids ground me daily and show me what is most important in life, which is living in the moment and just opening your eyes to what is right in front of you!
When I help someone I also feel a sense of grounding, it makes you realize that the little things in life that you do for others makes your life feel balance just a little bit more. Meditation is also a great way to get reconnected to the earth. My favorite form of meditation is running while listening to inspirational music. After a good long run I feel like my slate has been cleared.