Are you grounded?

Date : May 9, 2016

Author : admin1

When we moved into our new apartment on the 7th floor, I questioned if I would really feel at home so far away from the ground. Living next to the earth I thought has influenced my feeling of connectedness and grounding to the earth. However, I underestimated the groundwork, which was laid, and also the power of appreciating a different view, like one harnessed by the treetops and birds. What a beautiful gift to live on the 7th floor, look out and still feel so connected to nature in the middle of a city with busy streets. To look out and see many tree tops, birds and planes flying in and out over the deep blue sea. Thanks to my husband for pushing me to grow.

“You ARE grounded” is not unfamiliar to us but how is it different from YOU are grounded? As children we were all too familiar with this term, but it didn’t have a positive connotation. What are the implications for how we consider sitting in silence, meditation or prayer? To many it feels like a punishment – perhaps a subconscious reminder of our youth; sitting in one place for hours or even just minutes in stillness was painful. To be forced to think about what we did and how we might do it differently. Instead, most of us developmentally only knew how to ruminate and consider how best to get out of having to sit/stand for longer or what chores we could pass off or skip.

 

What if we as adults “spinned” it and made the act of grounding the art of being grounded? What would that look like? What creative ways would you guide a child to become more grounded? Would children come to have a healthier outlook as adults? Would we ruminate less and meditate more? Complain less and be more meditative in our thoughts and actions? I would venture to say YES! Whether we like it or not and although we all have the ability to re-wire ourselves, it is not easy. We are programmed from childhood with a certain outlook and way of being and it carries through to adulthood unless we make the conscious effort to recognize where we can push ourselves to grow, color outside the lines and be with people. Really be with people and not because they eat the same food or speak the same mother tongue, or wear the same skin color, but because we see the divine being in them. We notice their inner source and we connect has vulnerable human beings.

Let’s get grounded and we will feel free enough to fly above the treetops.

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