I grew up near a Six Flags of America. When I was younger I had a season pass and would go there regularly to hang out with friends. It was so much fun!
One ride I particularly enjoyed was Tom’s Twister. You would walk into a round circular space and lean up against the wall. It would begin to spin. First slow and moving to a VERY rapid pace. As it got going fast, the floor would drop out. The fun and exhilaration was clinging to the wall. No matter how many times I experienced that dropping of the floor, it would ALWAYS cause my heart to beat faster and my laughter to sky rocket. What a thrill it was!
This reminds me of a couple of years ago, I was visiting Sedona for a workshop and was invited to ride in a hot air balloon. Similarly to the floor dropping in Tom’s Twister, the balloon would lift off the ground in such a slow yet constant speed. It was mind-boggling to feel your body go one way against the sense you were still on the ground. Again, I got the giggles and was in awe at the rapid beat of my heart in that lifting off moment.
Both of these experiences have reminded me lately that grounding is a much needed and often forgotten about ritual to our daily routine.
“Now and again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life. Breathe in and let yourself soar to the ends of the universe; breathe out and bring the cosmos back inside. Next, breathe up all fecundity and vibrancy of the earth. Finally, blend the breath of heaven and the breath of earth with your own, becoming the Breath of Life itself.” -Morihei Ueshiba
Becoming the breath of life is a term that has helped me fully appreciate ALL of my life. From the happy and joyous moments to the storms that roll in, I find that if I keep breathing it allows for all of me to ebb and flow with each experience. It is this consciousness that offers me perspective to a deep knowing that all experiences and moments are linked for my own personal evolution.
Many of us are feeling a sense of ungrounding these days. Between COVID-19 and the pandemic problems that keep us from our “normal” tendencies to the racial injustices that are blanketing our country to the political warfare that is exploding next door to us…life has become hard to swallow, hard to look at, and hard to find the comfort and ease we once had (or, at least, thought we had).
I am in no way suggesting that we dismiss these VERY real and authentic feelings of unsettling because that would be asking you to dismiss the human of you. Honor whatever feelings and emotions that are surfacing as they are a mirror to the hope that is available and possible.
Think about it…
As the tube began to spin and I became pulled to the wall – much like we feel with an injustice or a political grenade being thrown our way…
I instantly felt the floor leave the comfort of my knowing – much like raw and real emotions take us away from our certainty of believing.
The giggles and elation came every. single. time.
Because THAT is the power of possibility and the truest of hope.
In our seasons where we find our feet not hitting the ground or that we have been lifted out of an existence we once thought was real, that is when hope is a choice and possibility is an option. And when we have no other alternatives, we are willing to accept and allow these as a choice…and a good choice.
So, the big question is…
How do you practice grounding and allow that elated sense of joy to immerse in your everyday life?
Grounding is much more than walking in the grass, being in nature or even using essential oils to authenticate the outdoors. It is understanding how your mind, your body and your soul require an equal representation. The contrast of such entities brings you into a space of honoring the duality and in doing so, you become centered. The more centered you are, the more your mind, your body and your soul feel grounded into who we are. It is then that we can see the reflection of opposite and know in our hearts that such is okay.
Grounding allows you to know all is well in every experience. Grounding offers you a respite from such angst and worry that seem to grab us as prisoners these days. Grounding enables you to live out a brave new world.
Grounding organically inspires you to choose what is good and right for you. This type of flowing essence is essentially what brings about more abundance and prosperity.
We are a brave new world by honoring all of who we are which includes this uncertainty we feel about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I know you are questioning such freedoms.
By becoming your breath, you bring the flow of all that ails you, scares you, worries you and annoys you into that centered place within you. This sacred place exists within your heart. It is a very real and safe haven for all we need to hold.
As you breathe, you center. As you center, you meet God. As you merge with God in your heart, you are one with a grounded sense of believing all is well.
THIS is your peace. THIS is your lifeline in a time when you want to be saved. THIS is how we hold on and make it through.
THIS is a brave new world and it is ours for the choosing.
Ground yourself. Stick your heels in and stay with your breath. Center into your heart.
Are you looking for a restoration?
You got this!