I’m writing this after a weekend of travel - great people, lots of laughs, new friendships and dogs - Yay! And I was talking with someone about how the older I get, the more important being physically around my own dogs has become. As the weekend went on I realized that while I missed having them with me (so weird to be at a dog event without your own dogs!), what I also missed was the grounding sensation they provide.
Thankfully my definition of “grounded” has evolved away from being without TV for two weeks and into the sought-after sense of being “in the now,” feeling centered and connected. Personally speaking, my mind is a busy place and I work to simplify the distractions and be present in whatever I’m doing at the moment.
Nothing brings me into the present like my dogs. While I was busy having a wonderful time this weekend, I also realized I was missing my “touchstone,” my anchor to ground me to the moment in front of me. To me, feeling grounded is provides me a secure, rooted, stable sensation.
There are a bazillion ways to get grounded; here are just a few:
Nature - For me, just being outside releases excess energy and connects me to “Mother Earth.” From walking a city block to hiking through the mountains, nature brings me back.
Meditation - For some (OK, millions!), just “sitting on the pillow” provides the framework to bring those busy thoughts to a halt and physically connect to the earth.
Exercise - Whether it’s jogging through the city, sweating in spin class or walking the dog, exercise brings us back to our physical selves even when our minds drift to grocery lists.
Hot Water - Invoking our senses is a great way to bring us back to the present. A soak in the tub or hot shower, favorite fragrances, great lighting ... the more senses, the better!
Fur - Speaking of senses ... people who have animals in their lives can attest to the power of how touching any part of their companion grounds them to the moment in an instant.
Breathing - OK, hopefully you are doing this anyway, but I’m talking about taking a moment during even the busiest day to take a few deep breaths and bring yourself back.
What brings you back to the present moment?