The concept of “being grounded” was not clear to me until I began looking into mindfulness. We will leave mindfulness for another post because for now, I want to share with you about the importance of being grounded. I am not an expert on either topic but I do know that both concepts have a common belief of living in the present. Rather than thinking of the past, or worrying about the future, the idea of living in the present is living a grounded and mindful life. There is more to be learned about both ideas but you can see how they are related. Look deeper if you are interested, but let’s look at being grounded.
Our emotions play a big part in our actions and sometimes our emotions can be out of control! When we find ourselves emotionally unstable, for example after a big misunderstanding with a spouse, a boyfriend/girlfriend, kids, or a friend, we can be too upset to think clearly. This is when we want to take a moment to “ground” ourselves.
Instead of letting our emotions get the best of us, which could lead to unkind words or a really bad decision, stop for a moment and take a deep breath. Then try this exercise. Trace your hand on a piece of paper. On each of the five fingers, write one of the five senses – see, smell, taste, hear, touch. Next, write a word that represents something that feels calming to you. For example, smell could be a certain flower or scent, taste could be a favorite food. These five things will be unique to you and give you a calming feeling when you think about them.
The next time you feel like your emotions are getting the best of you, go through these five sense words in your head and really envision the way you experience that sense. Imagine the smell or the taste. This process only takes a minute but when you are done, you will feel calmer and “grounded” in the present.
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