Getting Grounded

Photo by Alysia Thomas

I feel like I have been afloat on a journey that took me on a different route, but now I have landed. When we challenge ourselves in an academic or physical manner, other goals and our regular lives get disrupted or put on the back burner.

This recently happened with me and now that I’m back to the normal rhythms of my life, I need to become grounded and prioritize what I want to be in my life–what is next on my path.

My meditation this morning was about being in the present. The narrator had me look around and absorb what I saw. I had a mini-panic attack, because my office area was a tad bit messy. Not to the degree it has been, but it needs a clearing out. But then she said to embrace it and not use this time as an escape. That actually calmed me. I often use anything I do to escape what may be stressful in my life. And that can be OK–like when you read a great book and become a part of that world or do an exercise that completely takes all your attention or do an activity that you are focused on. You aren’t thinking about your problems or the bazillion activities you have to do. You are in the moment.

Life doesn’t get less stressful. By becoming more grounded and planted in the moment, the craziness and the mess won’t throw us off. We don’t need to escape; we only need to embrace where we are and then act based on our priorities.

My priority is to keep the space that finishing my goal has given me, and only fill some of the time with something that means the world to me. Being with my son while he is home for the summer is a priority. It’s a fleeting moment having him home, and I want to ¬†embrace it and be present.

What grounds you? What do you want to embrace right now? What goal are you working toward? How does it serve your purpose or fulfill you?

When You Hit the Wall, Change Directions

Photo by Alysia Thomas

Have you ever hit the wall and try every which way to get through it, even when it causes physical and emotional harm? Maybe this wall is an emotional block or a problem you are having at work or home. It could be a physical ailment that has you stuck in your quest to stay healthy.

Very often the only way is through, but sometimes it may not be the best or only option. What if you changed directions and brought ease into your situation? Could you lean against that wall for a moment and take a look around? Perhaps see the world from the wall’s perspective?

What if you changed your perspective or your angle? Could you find the ease in the situation and go around the wall for now? Then perhaps there’s an opening and you can find your way on the other side with less stress and pain.

Our paths aren’t always a straight line. Sometimes they take a turn we may not have wanted, but we can change our attitude and how we view it. The wall could be a block saying that our way isn’t the only one and possibly not the best one either. When we are wiling to go in a different direction that may take longer, but still routes us back to our path, overall we can learn something along the way. If only we are open to it.

What wall have you hit? Write about it and what would happen if you changed directions? Could you get back on your path and bring some ease into your life?