Staying Grounded in a Topsy-Turvy World

Written by on May 7, 2019 in Inspirational, Meditation with 0 Comments

If there’s one thing that’s constant about the Universe it’s that things are always in a state of flux. Sometimes we are caught up in the momentum of this motion of change to the degree that it becomes impossible to avoid feeling constantly rushed, out of time, and strained. 

We may skillfully navigate these changes by creating a grounded seat from which all this change may happen around us without making us lose our center. With this grounded relationship to the changes that occur, we’ll find ourselves not only able to navigate change but even thriving with this change. Here are a few ideas to help us stay grounded.

A Simple Meditation

Research suggests that mindfulness benefits our bodies, not just our minds.

Find a quiet place where you can possibly be undisturbed for a few moments (sometimes this is sitting in your car). Sit comfortably and set a timer for 10 minutes. Close your eyes and begin to count your breathes backward from 30. As you exhale you’ll say in your mind, “30.” As you inhale, “29.” Exhale, “28,” etc. If your mind wanders or you loose your count, start over with the counting. The objective is be completely present with the number you’re on, not even to get to zero. You may get distracted 20 times or complete the cycle 3 times. Simple continue counting your breaths until the timer rings. You may wish to expand this to 15, 20, or 30 minutes. This is a very simply way of allowing your mind to focus on something simple and singular to practice being grounded.

Get Outside

Make a point to go on a gentle walk. Find the joy in walking for the sake of walking. Inform yourself of the natural world and make a point to notice the trees, sky, flowers, etc. Like Wallace Steven’s said, “Perhaps the truth depends upon a walk around the lake.” When placing yourself in nature, you often remind yourself of your role in the world and how you too are naturally the way you are. Nature reminds us that we are a part of this beautiful, naturally ordered Universe. Use this walk with its sensory delights and gentle movement to ground you in the moment. Try to avoid allowing your mind to plan or scheme. Just do your best to be present. 

Practice Yoga

Practice yoga. Go to a yoga class or simply do a few of your favorite poses in your living room. Remember to match your breath with the poses that your body seems to crave. If you’re doing a personal practice, don’t worry about practicing for a certain amount of time, just practice whatever feels the most natural. Allow your body the pleasure of gently warming up then release tensions with some long, slow, deep stretches. Give yourself several moments to rest in savasana (corpse pose) and then go about your day.

With some help with some simple practices like these we can keep ourselves grounded in a topsy-turvy world. As you do so, you’ll fee grounded and ready to meet the changes that are unfolding for you.


 

Namaste.

 

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in the US (New York, Salt Lake City, LA) and abroad and currently lives in Southern France. When he’s not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats to places like Tuscany and France , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program

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