Relax, Ground , Meditate
Do you have a daily practice that makes a difference in your life?
Why this page, you might ask? I thought you offered coaching? What´s the connection?
Fair questions! Let me tell you about my learning. Given i am an HSP and a CPTSD survivor, a stressed, unrelaxed body and ungrounded energy did not leave me much room to focus, concentrate or create consistently. So, having learned to relax my body, ground my energy, and quiet my mind, have made, and continue to make all the difference in my life! Hence, the focus on daily practice components and sharing it.
I have tried a multitude of practices (over decades) and simply found this way to be the most effective and easy way to stay aligned through the day. Perhaps this will do you as much good as it has for me. Take what you like and leave the rest.
Simple, daily practices to stay energetically aligned,
grounded and focused throughout the day:
Like in any other matter worth pursuing and master; practice is key. Daily, consistent practice that is. For me, this practice counter negative thoughts like stress, worry, fear, anxiety, and more. Practice allows me to learn to listen to my inner, more subtle voice, feel subtle energy, and I make better decisions and act more wisely because of it. Is the practice worth the effort? Yes! Why? I gain more access to my inner power, strength, and clarity. Said previously, it makes all the difference for me. Would you like to give it a go?
Relaxing the body:
To stay calm, or regain calm, even in stressful times, relaxing the body is of un-matched benefit. It is notably the most essential skill in personal and spiritual development. Yet – it is so easy to forget, or notice – that we are not relaxed! When relaxed, our bodies lets old energy be released, and allows for new energy to come in. This makes sense, right? Consequently, we feel clear, more alive, and focused. I have to relax my body several times a day, even if only for a few minutes. I relax my body before I get out of bed in the morning, and let it be the last thing I do before going to sleep. Relaxing the body can be done in many ways. Mine is simple. I´ve learnt this technique from Sarah McCrum.
How do you relax your body?
Grounding our energy:
Most of us are not grounded much of the time, and it leads to emotional hijacking and not well thought out speech and actions for a lot of us. Here are some signs you might not be grounded: you have a feeling of being disconnected, separate from, or different from others, not belonging, a sense of overwhelm most of the time, or being over-stimulated.
To ground our energy is a way of activating our energy through deep connection with the earth. Doing it regularly will help you feel more at home in your body and in your life. It is really important to be grounded all day, every day – more so now than ever. When we feel grounded we have more access to what feels true for us or not, to our intuition, and to staying aligned and focused in our life and work. I believe this is what we need from ourselves now, to stay grounded, and also what people around us need from, our grounded selves. What I share is based on my own personal experience from many different practices. Below follows an exercise that has changed my life, no less. I want to share it with you too.
This exercise is based on Activated Grounding from Reflective body mechanics, by David Router.
There is meaning or energy for the different positions, and you can read about those here. The version I am sharing with you, comes from collaboration between Sarah McCrum and David Router. Learn from them here, a sequence that grounds both your physical body and your energy bodies.
They recommend practicing the grounding exercise ideally right after relaxing your body, upon awakening in the morning. This helps you of letting go of the night´s processing, and old energy. Repeat this too, several times a day if needed, to remain grounded through the day. I find this practice to be of tremendous help to stay focused, stay out of emotional reactions, and negative thinking. Also, I have learned to just ´ride the emotional waves´, whatever comes, as consciously and as grounded as possible. This is the most energy-efficient way to deal with emotions I have found. I don´t always succeed, but more and more so! More about grounding here.
Meditation – quieting the mind:
A relaxed body and a grounded energy prepare our body and energy field to quiet the mind through meditation. Quieting the mind can be practiced in many ways. Most importantly, practice meditation your own way, for your own reasons! Meditation is mysterious to many people, and there are so many practices and explanations available. What they have in common is that they require your willingness, some knowledge of breathing, and regular practice.
So, you sit down with your back straight, and just breathe deeply from the lower part of your belly; deeply, evenly, and let your thoughts pass by, until a more quiet, peaceful state accessible. This can be compared to what you likely have experienced many times, like gazing at flowing water in a stream, or at the clouds, or the stars. You know, a peaceful being. Or guided meditations are great alternatives (YouTube, or apps like Insight Timer or Head Spac). I do both quiet and guided meditation, for different purposes. Experiment a bit and find what works for you.
I invite you to invest in yourself and your quality of life by meditating a few minutes every day, twice a day! Your skills will grow with your experience, and you can access so much more of yourself through this friendly practice, connecting deeper with yourself.
Read more about meditation written by an expert, here. Or another approach, written by another expert, here. And – enjoy your practice! It´s addictive, in a good way.
If you want personal guidance, reach out through booking a session, and we can find a practice that works for you!
Hope this helps. Happy practice!