Get Grounded

I’m asking you to get grounded.  No, not like your parents did when you were a rebellious teenager.  I’m talking about being connected to your body, to the earth, and to your present, authentic self.
In this crazy buzz of life, we often forget how to be grounded.  We are attached to our technology, spend less time outside in nature and sunlight (or, these days, rain!), eat processed foods and drink too much caffeine to fight our own body’s natural rhythm.  This can make us feel spaced out, stressed, or frantic.  We might have wild mood swings, depression, cravings for sugar, fat and stimulants.
In short, we aren’t living connected to our immediate environment.
If this isn’t you, amazing!  Keep it up!  If any of this sounds familiar, try getting grounded this weekend:
– Movement!  Maybe a spin class (hint, hint), maybe a yoga practice (here is a 10-minute grounding practice: https://youtu.be/4UHjh8g8pYA), maybe just a walk away from your desk at work.  Maybe you pick stairs, and find meditation in each step up.  When you move, be very aware of your body: how it feels, the details of each motion, the breath.
– Get outside!  Take a walk.  Find a local trail and hike.  Simply spend an extra moment to look up at the clouds when you are moving from Point A to Point B in your day.  Inhale freshness.

– Unplug!  Unplug from technology.  Pick up an actual book (no, not your eBook).  Stop reading news or Facebook or responding to emails for just 10 minutes (maybe…*gasp*…for a full morning?  A full day?).  Everything on your device(s) can WAIT.  I promise.

See if this works for you.  It has certainly helped me become a better, more focused person who can live in the present moment.

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