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How to ground yourself through meditation & mindfulness, finding your centre & balancing energies

After, a busy day of being out and about in the city and trying to go from one place to another I remembered how important it is to keep ourselves grounded, mindful, centred and balanced, because it is very easy to get lost in the obstacles life throws our way.

So in this article I am going to delve deeper into how to ground and balance your energy through becoming more centred and balanced using meditation and mindfulness as well as other grounding techniques.

First of all what does it mean to be more ‘mindful’, according to the Oxford Dictionary:

“a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”

I find just by presenting this definition that it elicits a more mindful and present awareness…

Which leads me into the first way to become more mindful:

1. Reading

You’ve probably heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’ this also includes what you consume as part of your media diet. If you’re taking time out of your day to read books and blogs (such as this one) to slowly allow yourself to take-on through reading an embodiment of more of a grounded and mindful energy that you can carry with you throughout your day.

This also includes applying the principles that you learn through reading great books. Not just reading and then blindly carrying on with your day, but allowing yourself to soak in some of the deeper principles you can take on in some of the recommendations below:

  1. Meditations, Marcus Aurelius

  2. Ikigai, Ken Mogi

  3. My Voice Will Go With You, Milton H. Erickson

As well as whatever other books you might come across in your day to day life, I find that if I keep hearing about a blog, video or book then it’s probably a good sign that I need to read it, so feel free to steal that tip.

However, some people can have trouble finding the time to read because they’re so busy.

2. Focus on one thing at a time

If you’re having trouble finding time in your day for things like taking timeout to focus on being more mindful, then you’re probably struggling with the problem most people have, that they’re too busy being busy.

You may have heard that multi-tasking or focusing on more than one thing at a time can be detrimental. You probably hadn’t heard that it actually hurts your productivity and can even cause some brain damage according to a Stanford University study.

The study also showed that people who focus on completing one task at a time are a lot better at paying attention, recalling information or switching from one job to another, and essentially, those who focus on multi-tasking are actually worse at multi-tasking than those who focus on completing one job at a time.

So, hopefully, that dispels you of the belief that “multi-tasking” is productive and beneficial compared to focusing on one task at a time.

3. Take A Hike and Get Outdoors

One great method to ground and balance your energy and become more mindful and it is almost a meditative practice in and of itself is to get out in nature and take a long walk or a bike ride somewhere.

If taking the bike, I usually enjoy to go on a long ride 45 - 50 minutes to a local park / reservoir and feel the practice of exercising and biking is one of the easiest ways to get present and grounded, because there’s literally not much else to focus on besides yourself and the road or track. Plus it’s great exercise and cardio. And when I’m finished I like to relax on a bench with a cocoa bar and some water as a reward.

The other option is to go for a long walk, again 45-50 minutes carrying a fairly heavy backpack. It can sometimes feel a little bit like a military boot camp, especially when you’re carrying the backpack with rain hitting your face and walking through the park, but again it naturally brings the mind and body into a much more present, mindful state without you even having to try. Unlike meditation, your mind is clear and you just naturally tend to focus on your breath, clarity and body movements without consciously having to do it.

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