Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!
Choosing to be present and fully occupying your own space is the most effective choice you can make in times of stress to improve well being and resilience. This simple grounding practice is a direct path to clarity, ease, and comfort in your own skin. Regular practice is also a powerful contribution to all those around you.
One of the ways that meditation benefits practitioners is the way that it produces a deep state of relaxation, which enables the person to focus and attend to one thought or object. With the different techniques of meditative practice available to everyone, it is now possible to control chaotic thoughts and the usual mind clutter that leads to frustration and confusion. The mind is often crowded by nagging worries and negative emotions, which affect a person’s judgment. Meditation succeeds where other approaches fail. Since it has been introduced to the West, meditative practices have benefited millions of people who lead happier lives because they are better equipped to deal with any challenge they encounter.
Find a quiet place to sit or lie down where you won’t be disturbed. If that isn’t available, do it while walking or standing. Grounding is always available. Intention is key.
Choose to be present in your own body and to reclaim the attention you may have spread elsewhere. Choose also to release what you might be holding on to that is no longer useful.
Move your toes, feel your feet. Move your fingers, feel your hands.
Briefly scan the sensations of your body from toes to fingers to head. Notice you have a body. There is no need to judge or evaluate, simply notice.
Focus your attention on your breathing. Notice you have breath. No need to evaluate, simply notice.
Observe 3 cycles of breath. Simply noticing.
Begin to bring your full attention to your toes. Breathe into your toes, simply envision the air you take in extending all the way down to your toes.
Expand your attention to your feet. Ankles. Lower legs. Knees. Upper legs, hips, and pelvis.
Notice how this may allow for a spontaneous relaxation that opens up more breath.
Move on to your spine, rib cage and organs. Shoulders, hands, arms, and neck. Head, brain, and face.
Allow the focus to ease and expand throughout the body. Observe 3 cycles of breath. Simply noticing. Release the practice and come back to the room.