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The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {10} ~ Be Grateful For Life Sucking

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!

If you are going through a hard time right now, you might want to smack anyone who would suggest that you find something to be grateful for, but there is a part of you that wants to feel better, that wants to have some hope. You may also be thinking that this is just a post and I can never be able to understand what you are going through. That is the truth, no one can ever fully get you because your story is unique, everyone’s story is unique. But pain is pain and we all have had our share.

Learning to be grateful in dire situations takes practice. If you are facing a bad situation, ask yourself:
– What are the positives that can come from this?
– What lesson do I need to learn from this?
– How can I turn this into an opportunity?
How do you get into the Habit of Practising Gratitude?

Being grateful, looking for opportunities and lessons in whatever situation you are facing is not going to be an automatic reaction overnight, it takes practice.

  1. Keep a Gratitude Diary
    Make a daily habit of writing down at least 3 things you are grateful for every day. I had a gratitude diary I used for this purpose, but you could start each night with writing in your journal 3 things you are grateful for then documenting anything else you want.
  2. Ask Yourself Questions
    Put the questions above (what are the positives that can come from this? What lesson do I need to learn from this? How can I turn this into an opportunity), in a note on your phone to refer to when needed. When something is happening and you need help, look at it, ask yourself those questions and write down your answers.
  3. Have Positive Discussions
    When you talk with other people, instead of listing out all your problems or complaining about everything, discuss the good things in your life or if you do need to talk to someone about your problems, look for solutions as you do it. We all need someone to talk to and I am not saying don’t ask for help. Talk with whoever you need, look for solutions or ask them to help you look for solutions then take action. Don’t dwell on the negative. Studies have shown the positive effects gratitude has on our health, career, relationships and life overall. In my life, when I have been consciously practising an attitude of gratitude, I have found it easier to find solutions to my problems, my personal life improves, and more. My brain actively seeks out the solutions I want to the problems I face instead of focusing on the problem. As a result, my life improves. When I am not focused on gratitude and I allow negative thoughts to consume me, I spiral down, things in my life don’t go the way I want/need and I find it difficult to dig myself out of the dark hole I end up in.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {10} ~ Angels {9} ~ Healing Your Inner Child

Welcome fellow souls to «The Human Family Crash Course Series», a project collaborated 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 eight 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!

“The most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children.” ~ Jim Henson

“Let us listen to the needs of our inner child that is being tamed and imprisoned by the rules of a grown-up world.” ~ Erik Pevernagie

I hear you ask “What is inner child work?” Inner-child work is a transformative tool for healing from psychological trauma, dysfunctional patterns, and self-harming behaviours. The inner-child is not a literal child, it is a metaphorical “little you”. The inner-child part of your psyche that is still childlike, innocent, and full of wonder. World-renowned psychologist Carl Jung originated the “Divine Child” archetype, while Art therapist Lucia Capacchione initiated the movement toward  “reparenting” our inner-child in the 1970s. Family Systems Therapist Virginia Satir was known to conduct “parts parties” in her group sessions, which involved having each individual call forth their own inner-archetypes ranging from the inner-child, the mother, the judge, the fool and so on. She recognized that human beings are multi-dimensional and discovered that by working with and integrating all of our unique parts, we can heal and deepen in self-awareness.

By connecting with our inner-child, we gain access to wisdom in our unhealed wounds, and the needs that may not have been met when we were actually children. Then, “reparenting” becomes the process of meeting those needs and practicing self-care so we can operate in the world as happy, functional adults.

Susan Anderson, the author of “the Journey from Abandonment to Healing” elucidates the layers of inner-child work in 3 parts – the Inner-Child, the Outer-Child and the Adult Self. 

Inner-Child

The “little you” – tender, emotional. Your inner-child is the innocent part of you, this is all about feelings and your primal needs.

~Vulnerable and innocent

~Deep feeling and sensitivity

~Curious, creative and playful

~Craves love, recognition, and validation

~Desires connection and safety

~Open-minded

~Total in expression – be it anger, sadness, joy

Outer-Child

Responsible for self-defeating behaviours, self-sabotage. The outer child responds to the inner-child and can over-protect by acting out.

~Self-defeating behaviours.

~Loss of control over behaviour and reactions.

~Uncalibrated in the expression of anger.

~Impatient and impulsive.

~Self-centered and focused on having needs met.

~Sabotages your inner-growth and fights change.

~Over-protects inner-child by pushing love away.

Wounded Inner-Child

~Reaction to emotional or psychological neglect.

~A deep-seated belief that you are broken.

~Fear of abandonment and loss of love.

~Insecure and low-self esteem.

~Loss of self in an attempt to gain approval from others.

~Fearful of setting boundaries or saying “no”.

~Seeking instant-gratification through substances, shopping, distraction, and procrastination.

Integrated Adult

When a healthy dialogue has formed between inner-child {“little me”} and adult self.

~Connected to body sensations and emotions.

~Can identify and clearly communicate emotions.

~Able to identify needs and make requests without anger or over-reaction.

~Remains true to self even in conflict.

~Self-honoring and able to set boundaries.

~Gives space to inner-child to have big feelings without shutting them down.

~Practices self-love and self-care.

~Continously working on transforming the thought patterns that had become a habit and re-train the brain into immediately loving your inner child as a natural instinct.

How to Connect to Your Inner-Child

~Body-scan, tune into your physical sensations. Connecting to your inner child requires that you go inward, rather than seeking distraction in times of emotional intensity and turbulence.

~Close your eyes and visualize “little you”, form a dialogue. Ask questions like “what are you feeling, what do you need right now?”

~Draw a picture, paint, or make art that reflects your inner-child.

~Write a letter to your inner-child.

~Use mantras such as “you’re safe”, and “I am here to take care of you”.

~Practice setting boundaries and building healthy routines.

~Practice self-care and take care of yourself as if you are your own parent, this is re-parenting. 

~Take a moment to feel your feelings, and then take action when you are calm, grounded and stable. Feet on the ground.

I’ll love you and leave you with this following quote, let us know how you love and re-parent your inner child below! 

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kidergarten. Then wen you hit puberty they take te crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on agebra, history, ect. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.” ~ Hugh MacLeod

~Amber {DiosRaw}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {8} ~ Grounding Meditation

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.

Begin.
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.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {6} ~ Meditation For Stress

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!

This guided meditation script will help put your mind at ease in an instant! For thousands of years, religious leaders, priests, and monks have used meditation as they search for salvation, revelation, and enlightenment. Now, ordinary people who want to attain inner peace can utilize the same principles. Through meditation, you can be better equipped to deal with everyday stresses. There are many benefits to meditation including the removal of stress from the body. This is the reason why a lot of people are considering this practice: it feels good!

Have you ever been in the middle of a stressful situation and wished you could be somewhere else—like lying on a tropical beach? Guided imagery helps you use your imagination to take you to a calm, peaceful place.
Because of the way the mind and body are connected, guided imagery can make you feel like you are experiencing something just by imagining it.
You can do guided imagery with audio recordings, an instructor, or a script (a set of written instructions) to lead you through the process.
You use all of your senses in guided imagery. For example, if you want a tropical setting, you can imagine the warm breeze on your skin, the bright blue of the water, the sound of the surf, the sweet scent of tropical flowers, and the taste of coconut so that you actually feel like you are there.
Imagining yourself in a calm, peaceful setting can help you relax and relieve stress.
How do you do guided imagery?

To give guided imagery a try, follow these steps:
Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down. Close your eyes.
Start by just taking a few deep breaths to help you relax.
Picture a setting that is calm and peaceful. This could be a beach, a mountain setting, a meadow, or a scene that you choose.
Imagine your scene, and try to add some detail. For example, is there a breeze? How does it feel? What do you smell? What does the sky look like? Is it clear, or are there clouds?
It often helps to add a path to your scene. For example, as you enter the meadow, imagine a path leading you through the meadow to the trees on the other side. As you follow the path farther into the meadow you feel more and more relaxed.
When you are deep into your scene and are feeling relaxed, take a few minutes to breathe slowly and feel the calm.
Think of a simple word or sound that you can use in the future to help you return to this place. Then, when you are ready, slowly take yourself out of the scene and back to the present. Tell yourself that you will feel relaxed and refreshed and will bring your sense of calm with you.
Count to 3, and open your eyes. Notice how you feel right now.
It may help to have an instructor or audio recording to follow. You can also use a script (a set of written instructions), but hearing the instructions may be a better way to relax into the process.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {5} ~ Meditation For Wholeness

Welcome fellow souls to «The Human Family Crash Course Series», a project collaborated 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 eight 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!

“The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole.” ~ C.G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul

Perhaps the simplest way to put it is that wholeness is an experience, a process, a journey, and also a trait of your innermost Self. We are dealing with the world of paradox here where two seemingly opposing states can both be true. As humans, we are innately flawed, imperfect, and ‘broken.’ Yet at the same time, we contain within us a deeper essence (that goes beyond the ego) that is whole and complete. Can you see the paradox here? Wholeness is a trait of your innermost Being and therefore, it’s also an experience you can have in moments of silence, stillness, contemplation, and present moment awareness. Furthermore, wholeness is a process and therefore a journey because in order to experience it, we need to slowly dismantle the layers shrouding that inner whole core.

Did you know that wholeness and holiness are connected? Holy comes from the Old English word hālig, which means “whole, healthy, entire, and complete.” So to be whole means to be holy. Wholeness is holiness and this is why when we have a direct experience of our wholeness it tends to feel like a mystical experience of awe, gratitude, love, and reverie.

Meditation For Wholeness 

Now find a comfortable seated position and close your eyes. Begin by bringing your awareness to your breath. Notice yourself breathing in and breathing out. Notice the quality of your breath – whether your breath is deep or shallow, fast or slow. Bring your breath to a comforting rhythm. Take a few moments to bring yourself to your body and to the present moment with your breath. Imagine with your out breath all that burdens you birthed out into the air to dissipate and with the in breath imagine divine white light entering your vessel to cleanse your body. 

Now use your imagination, your mind’s eye, and imagine a leaf in your hand. Notice the size, the shape, the weight, the texture of the leaf. Reflect on how this small leaf contains the life force of a mighty oak tree. Reflect on how tough and resilient this small leaf must be in order to survive the fall to the ground, the elements of sun, rain, wind, or snow, and the animals and bugs that will try to consume it. Just like an leaf that has everything it needs to decompose into the earth once more, you have everything within you to become your full self. Inside of yourself is a whole and complete you that has always been there. It is the wise and resilient part of you that may have become hidden or obscured by the darkness of life, waiting for the right moment to crack open and emerge. See if you can look into yourself now and find that seed, that life force. Allow yourself to touch it, to feel it, to hold on to it and be grounded by it. Allow yourself to give it the care, nurture, and patience that it needs to unfold into your mighty self.

Now come back to the awareness of your eternal and guiding breath. We will leave the image of the leaf for now. You can come back to this imagery whenever you need to. Notice yourself breathing in and breathing out. Notice if anything has changed for you since the beginning of this activity. Continue meditating for prefered. Now gently open your eyes and bring yourself back to this room.  

We hope this meditation will help you on your journey to finding the wholeness within. Let us know what types of meditations aid you..

~Amber {DiosRaw}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {4} ~ Releasing To Allow

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!

If there was ever a time when we all needed the tools and resources to reclaim our energy, come back to center, and release how that energy is manifesting for us – I think it is safe to say that time is now. With so much changing around us 24/7 these days, it is so challenging to really feel secure, and embodied, to simply get through our day, let alone find growth.

Utilizing acupuncture, essential oils, massage allows for full connection, spirit-mind-body, while calling in messages from the universe that support your highest vibrancy. Energy, to me, is our physical and spiritual body’s resonance with the frequency of the universe. All of those parts that make us up are floating around in space at high rates of speed, which manifest themselves in physical form. The energy pulling our bodies toward the Earth is the same that spins our DNA, the same that rotates the moon, and even the same that created the galaxies!

HERBS ARE A NATURALLY GROUNDING PLANT
The Earth has gifted us with all the medicine necessary to keep our feet on the ground and our minds clear, not to mention our physical and spiritual bodies thriving. And all it takes is some water and probably what you already have in your cupboards. It is simple to make an herbal infusion right from your own spice rack, with a little know-how of each herb, and your goals in mind.

What is a herbal infusion? Herbs steeped in liquid, which allows the nutrients and flavor of the herbs to infuse the water. This allows for the medicinal properties and flavor to steep into the water, or liquid, but always that caffeine as well. Both options are equally medicinal, however depending on how sensitive you are to caffeine.
HERBING ABOUT: GROUNDING AND ENERGY RELEASE
Let’s talk about on hand herbs which support you by easing tension and supporting your physical and emotional health.

BASIL, OREGANO, THYME: All three herbs are incredibly nutrient dense full of essential vitamins and minerals as well as deeply grounding herbs.
BLACK PEPPER: You think to pepper your food, but putting black pepper in your tea supports the absorption of nutrients into the cells as well as releasing stuck or stagnant energy or emotions in the body.
ROSEMARY: Another herb loaded with nutrients and incredibly soothing for the physical body.
CINNAMON, GINGER: Both are very warming herbs, wonderful for digestion, soothing for the nerves and pain, with chemical constituents supportive of warding off bacteria and viruses.

Method : Steep herbs in a tea strainer (no ground herbs!) and simmering water for 20 minutes to allow nutrients to seep out. The longer you steep, the more nutrient dense it will be. Combined together, these herbs make for a delightfully grounding, and deeply soothing, infusion.

Unless you have allergies to a certain herb, there aren’t really any reasons to avoid any of the basic herbs you have on hand, or that you would find at your local grocery. If you want to get deeper into the herbal world, using less common herbs that most people are not familiar with, I recommend seeking out support from someone familiar with herbal medicine.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {2} ~ Walking With Grace & Faith

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!

“I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” ― Anne Lamott

If you feel that you are only one today going through hard times, hope this post offers you grace for yourself. Giving ourselves that grace, that space when we are struggling is so important and I believe that finding that grace within ourselves strengthens our faith. We are all in dark time at some point of time in our lives and grace is what reminds us to stay afloat.

It’s an open secret that many people feel most connected to God when they’re in the mountains, on the beach, or in the desert—in wild, expansive places. They’re places where we’re able to gain a sense of perspective, of things in their right place. Something similar often happens for gardeners in their own backyards and for cooks in their kitchens. For someone like me who identifies as a contemplative, these three spaces of wilderness, garden, and kitchen (table), continually prompt a deeper awareness of God’s presence and develop a deeper capacity to accept God’s radical love, ultimately cultivating a fuller communion with God and with all of creation.

But has nature been created for a reason?

We have nature within us and because of that, the seasonal shifts in our external environment become expressed in our bodies.

Grounding (also called earthing, earth grounding and earth therapy) is the idea that by making direct contact with the earth’s electrical energy, we will feel better and alleviate certain health issues. The surface of the earth is loaded with negatively charged electrons (AKA: free electrons). When we come into contact with the earth’s surface, our bodies absorb this energy, which in turn neutralizes damaging free radicals that exist within our bodies.

Whether grounding can be proven scientifically is a polarizing issue. The theory has garnered a lot of skepticism, with some in the medical profession calling it a hoax or likening it to wearing a tinfoil hat. That is where grace and faith come into the picture. Begin by asking:
• How well do I take care of myself?
• Do I make sure that my emotional needs are met?
• Do I give myself the rest and relaxation I need?
• Can I accept the care and love others offer graciously without dependency?
• Am I able to separate myself from highly dependent relationships which drain and deplete me?

In India the earth is called the Mother. Anything to do with grounding has a relationship to the Mother. As you respect and honour her within yourself, she will look after and protect you. Becoming grounded and staying grounded are like planting a beautiful garden and making sure the garden remains beautiful. Maintenance is required. As we become more grounded we become more stable, more comfortable and stronger in our relationship with yourself. As we become more grounded our thinking naturally subsides without mental effort, ergo we become more peaceful. Through practice we learn to anchor our attention in our bodies and breath.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}