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4 great Ways to “Ground” yourself

As we go through life doing our thing, sometimes things start to hit the fan and it could very well seem that life is crashing down on you suddenly. Don’t fret, however! The next 4 things I’m about to talk about will help dramatically with the stresses that life occasionally throws at us. You can add in your own techniques and incorporate them into these, or even develop your own grounding techniques. These 4 are the ones that just happen to be the ones I use myself for grounding.

#4. Walks in general

Sometimes, it takes having to slow down, and taking things…easier. Your heart and/or mind could be racing from what you’ve been experiencing in the past day, week, month, moment, you name it. walking is a great way to “ground” yourself. You are able to bring yourself back mentally, you get fresh air, you definitely get exercise, and you can even shake off feelings of anxiety or depression! For me, walks are my first go-to in the case or event i’m stressed or needing to freshen up. I take my time to absorb myself in the surrounding nature and after 30 or so minutes, I feel refreshed and ready to jump back into anything! The rest of my day goes smooth, I am in a calmer state of mind, and I feel as if I can accomplish any task or challenge thrown my way. I can’t stress walking enough.

 

#3. A warm shower

This is something we all already do without putting too much thought into. Other than being a means to clean and refreshen ourselves, Baths/Showers can help us mentally clean ourselves as well. Showers can be seen as a form of meditation, for example. While you’re showering, you can visualize the water that’s beating down on your dome is washing away any stresses, negative thoughts, feelings,  all of which at the end leaves you with a feeling of renewal. You can also get to the bottom of alot of your own habits or thought forms  by “talking” with yourself or higher self while showering. At the end of your shower, you will understand alot more about yourself than you did before you took that shower. Awesome.

 

#2. Stretching

Stretching is boss. Stretching is free. Stretching is convenient. Stretching is something we all do, but we do not consider how it can help soothe our minds. When you stretch, you strengthen your tendons, loosen your muscles, and you become more flexible of course. Mentally because of the increased bloodflow throughout the body, You can have a clearer head along with the added perk of a new perspective on what was stressing you out prior to the stretching. The reason I placed stretching as Number 2 is because of how conveniency factor. You can do it anywhere at any time! You also generally don’t have major rules or guidelines to follow, so you can be as creative as you can be with your stretching techniques. Experiment with different stretches and once you find the few that really work and click with you, you’re golden.

 

#1. Bringing awareness

This has earned it’s spot here, simply because for us to feel that we need to ground ourselves, We have forgotten or “lost” our awareness to our surroundings for the time being. this right here can also be done before the other 3 entries, which when completed, can make the others easier and more effective. The first thing you want to do is to look around yourself. Look for 5 things that you can physically see. These things can be anything from a chair to a tree, to a car to a cat to a speaker. anything that you can see with your own 2 physical eyes. The next step is to find 4 things you can Touch. Clothing, a book, yourself (LOL),  T.V. remote, just 4 things you can feel for. After that, Listen for 3 different sounds. Birds chirping, The neighbors getting their love on, the trees rustling in the wind. After that try to sniff out 2 different smells. Your farts or your air freshener will do. Lastly, try to find one thing you can taste. FOOD. After you have done these steps, you should not only feel in control again, but you will be more so at peace, and you can even share what you did with another friend or person in need of grounding.

 

 

These 4 activities are what I personally do to help ground myself when life seems to be going crazy or I just can’t handle myself at the moment. I feel that for myself that these 4 activities always can do the trick to bring me back down to reality. I hope that these 4 things can help all of you as well. If these things did help, please share them with other’s in need of help. People who suffer from depression or Anxiety I’ve noticed benefit from these things ALOT, but that’s not to say you wouldn’t yourself if you don’t have either or. Enjoy your grounding!

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Easy Medition Technique. Getting Into a Trance

Contrary to popular media, meditation is not just bald ass monks wearing saffron robes while staring off into the mountains. For most people its seen as kinda weird and not seen as something particularly useful. Others see the benefits of it but think it takes forever to learn or that meditative “states” are for Zen masters that have practiced in the forest for years. The truth is that you probably go into hypnotic states multiple times throughout the day without realizing it. The key to meditation and what makes it so powerful is the awareness of the states. I’ll explain more below.

States

The strongest reference to use, and I’m sure most people have experienced this, is Hyper-Focus. Have you ever been playing a video game, driving, or doing some focus intensive task and everything seems to go slo-mo. If you’re particular self-aware, you notice that you can store a lot more in your short-term memory and there seems to be no mental blockage. You have a sliver of health left and you turn around and outskill your opponent. Or you’re racing some douchebag in a ricer ass honda perfectly avoiding traffic and accounting for grip, traction, response time and other factors that you didn’t even know you knew about. This the state of hyper focus. For most people its brief and passing, only being accessible when needed. These are how most state changes occur, based off of external stimuli and habitual reactions. All it takes is for you to dedicate your entire focus and absorb yourself into the activity—Which, if you havent practiced meditation before hand, is pretty difficult—and to have the proper posture to keep the state. I brought up hyper focus as it’s the most noticeable state and familiar state to most people. Now how do states benefit you? how do you control them to your advantage? I’ll explain,

Meditative State

Tying in the information presented, to successfully shortcut the meditation learning curve, you must understand the meditative state. Unlike Hyperfocus which is an active state, a meditative state is more passive. Rather than engage and absorbing yourself into something in particular, your goal is to engage and absorb yourself into nothing. Which, as a sentient being, you have no concept of nothing and the closest you can get is an awareness of nothing. And there lies the key. Being in a state of awareness of nothing. Sounds confusing at first but understanding that concept makes meditation simple. You come to a realization that being is all there is. There cannot be anything which can confirmably exist if there is no awareness to acknowledge the existence. Nothing cannot be a concept without a sort of sentience to be aware of the nothingness. In simple terms you are becoming aware of awareness. If you can do that, you have successfully meditated. Not the craziest concept ever. But being skipped over, a lot of people fall into a pit of atheism and/or religious, political, mental slavery.

A simple trick is to focus on your breath. Whenever your mind drifts from your breath just gently guide your attention back to it. Dont give up if you keep getting distracted. Thats expected, most of us have cultivated thoughtlessness as a skill yet. Pretty soon you’ll notice a slight shift in your state of mind. You’ll notice that you’re a bit calmer and that you have this sort of “High”. The high doesn’t last long but all day you notice that you have a lot more patience and your mood is a lot more stable. You can tackle obstacles more efficiently and focus much better. These are just a few of the benefits of basic mindfulness meditation. We’ll release more posts on meditations in the future as it is such a fundamental part of spirituality and self-improvement. But for now leave a comment and let us know what you think, any tips or recommendations. Also feel free to login/register and head over to the forums.

Peace.

Soulstradamus