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Finding ways to ground yourself is a powerful way to maintain equanimity when the world around you seems to just be a bit too much. In life, the reality is that you will face challenges – perhaps health concerns, relationship turmoil, work frustration, financial uncertainty, or general angst.
Grounding is being present, stable, and receptive to your inner and outer worlds. Tools that can help you stay anchored in spirit and presence can empower you in challenging times and feel gratitude when things are in flow.
Grounding is a practice that you can incorporate easily into your everyday life, whether it is helping you start the day with inspiration and intention or finding renewed energy during a midday slump. These practices can be done at home or discretely in the workplace.
I have found that meditation, setting intentions, physically grounding myself with breath, body awareness and affirmations, and noticing the messages my body, mind, and surroundings are telling me, have helped me stay anchored in awareness when events around me can seem overwhelming. In addition, I find that engaging my senses – whether through a scent, taste or sound can serve as a ritual to find the moment of serenity to get through the rest of my tasks.
Take a quiet moment to try one (or all!) of these practices to help you feel refreshed and renewed.
Meditation is one of the most powerful ways to find inner stability. A mantra-based meditation practice, like Primordial Sound Meditation, helps you slow down racing thoughts and feel presence in its purest form. The daily routine of meditation practice brings awareness into all aspects of your life. You carry the moments of peace, space, and expansiveness from your meditation to the other parts of your daily routine.
Setting an intent is a grounding practice. An intent is planting the sacred seeds of your deepest desires. Intents come from the soul and anchor you in love, gratitude, and strength. One of my most powerful daily intents is the following:
My intent is to maintain stillness in the midst of chaos.
I have written this intent down on random pieces of paper or typed it on a blank page on my computer multiple times – on those days when I feel overwhelmed, overstimulated, overworked.
Stating the intent is part of my process to anchor the idea into my psyche, remind myself I have the power to slow down, to breathe, and to witness all that is going on around me.
Affirmations, guided by body and breath awareness, are another powerful way to anchor yourself in present moment awareness.
Here is an exercise that helps me in moments when I find myself getting anxious about the future.
Our senses are the tools our body and mind use to process external stimuli into our internal physical and mental experiences. Herbal teas can help anchor you through taste and aromas – a calming tea – like chamomile or lavender – can help relieve stress and help you slow down. The process of making your tea and taking the time to sip it while doing nothing else can also be a ritual that grounds you in present moment awareness. Aromatherapy is also a powerful way to use dosha-balancing scents in your daily routine.
Our senses are the tools our body and mind use to process external stimuli into our internal physical and mental experiences. Teas can help anchor you through taste and aromas – a calming tea – like chamomile or lavender – can help relieve stress and help you slow down.
The process of making your tea and taking the time to sip it while doing nothing else can also be a ritual that grounds you in present moment awareness. Aromatherapy is also a powerful way to use dosha-balancing scents in your daily routine.
Ayurveda is one of the most profound sciences with simple practices that help you understand your unique mind-body type, or dosha, and how to engage your senses to find balance.
Discovering your dosha on the Chopra App is an easy way to get started and find inspiration to engage in new ways.
When we are grounded and present, the universe often sends us the messages we need for any particular moment. Noticing means paying attention to your internal dialogue, to the messages your body is telling you through pain and exhaustion, or energy and vitality. Noticing also means paying attention to people, places, and circumstances you find yourself in.
A conscious approach to being present, taking a deep breath, connecting with your body, and just being (vs. doing) can give you the insight and inspiration you need at this particular moment.
Incorporate noticing during your daily activity – perhaps while doing the dishes, feeling the sensation of water on your hands, smelling the scent of the soap, and appreciating the texture of the sponge and plates as you do this everyday task. Or, consciously seek out one or two new things on your way to your car or while you take your pet for a walk. You can choose to notice your child’s body language as they tell you about their day at school.
When you slow down to notice everyday interactions in this way, you will feel more connected to your inner being, as well as to others.
Enhance your well-being with guided meditations and personalized practices, available now in the Chopra App.