On September 22nd our Mother Earth decided to rock Victoria with a 5.9 tremor and it made us all say (or at least think) … seriously … what else?
We’ve already been feeling unstable, uncertain and off-kilter with the pandemic and now an EARTHQUAKE?!
After the initial shock of this event, I wondered … earthquakes could be viewed as random, but I began to consider the metaphysical implications of the ground shaking beneath us.
Our seemingly solid foundation of health, family, and economy is being shaken up.
A lot of us are generally feeling anxious, stressed, and un-grounded.
We are looking ways to regain our balance and restore peace.
The University of Sydney says “Grounding techniques are useful for settling ourselves when we’re
feeling overwhelmed. If you find yourself stuck with a strong emotion, these simple and powerful
techniques take just a few minutes and can be practiced at any time. They can help you to feel anchored
in the present and restore balance in your body and mind.”
Grounding skills can be divided into two specific approaches:
Sensory Awareness and Cognitive Awareness and Cognitive Awareness grounding exercises.
Sensory Awareness grounding exercises are about filling your awareness with the sensory experience. You might like to try these tips:
− Keep your eyes open, look around the room, notice your surroundings, notice details.
− Hold a pillow, stuffed animal, or a ball.
− Place a cool cloth on your face or hold something cool, such as a drink can.
− Listen to soothing music.
− Put your feet firmly on the ground.
− FOCUS on someone’s voice or a neutral conversation.
− Name one good thing about yourself.
Cognitive Awareness grounding exercises re-orient yourself in place and time by asking yourself some, or all of these questions:
1. Where am I?
2. What is today?
3. What is the date?
4. What is the month?
5. What is the year?
6. How old am I?
7. What season is it?
The key here is to COME BACK INTO YOUR BODY in the present moment.
For centuries, yoga and meditation teachers have reminded us to notice your breath. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, imagine breathing out strongly through the soles of your feet. Feel the connection of your feet with the floor. Do this three times.
Be HERE now. Be in THIS moment. Be in YOUR body. Just BE.
Another great way is to keep a special item in your pocket (such as a stone or crystal) and hold the item. Bring your attention to the sensation of the item in your hand, including its weight and texture. I like to wear a small crystal angel on a necklace when I’m feeling worried.
Usually, when we are spinning into “anxious-land” we are focusing on the future.
You may find yourself playing the “scaring myself what if game” in your mind …
What if I get sick?
What if I lose my job?
What if he says that?
What if? … what if? … what if? …
Our minds are powerful when we set our whole focus on an outcome.
And we let our minds run away from us sometimes. I know I do.
It helps to talk to another person, connect and allow that outside perspective to shift you.
If you are struggling to re-balance and re-set yourself (and you don’t have anyone you trust in your family or friends), it might be time to reach out to a counsellor or coach to help you come back to the present moment and reframe your mind.
You are allowed to ask for help. You deserve to be taken care of. You are worthy of peace and joy.
This is your permission slip.
I’m here if you’re ready to shift.
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A couple of notes:
Don’t let money be an obstacle …
* You could contact either Lifeline or Beyond Blue and anonymously speak to a counsellor.
* Your GP can also give you a referral for 5 free sessions with a psychologist on a care plan.
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