Many of us feel overwhelmed and scattered by the daily stressors others put on us, and we put on ourselves: Must prepare for work. Need to pick up kids. Fix broken light in basement. Neglected to work out yet again…
Feelings of guilt are inevitable when we are constantly overstretched.
Sometimes we can de-clutter our life and get rid of some of the jobs that stress us out. Other times it’s impossible. And that’s when we have to just take a moment and ground ourselves.
So much of our day we is controlled by our head. Thoughts chase each other at a rapid pace, or get caught up in an endless loop. The body becomes a slave of our thinking mind and is almost entirely banned from the attention budget we have every day.
But it’s our body that literally grounds us. Our mind doesn’t provide us with any kind of weight that would make us feel more stable. It’s our feet that touch the ground we stand on, it’s our hands that can hold on to a banister, our arms that embrace another.
When our mind drives us crazy, the body will provide the needed stability. We must draw our energy away from the thinking mind and pay attention to our hands and feet.
You don’t have to take an hour out of your day to go to a yoga class. Just pause in what you are doing for a moment and pay attention to your physical presence.
Feel the weight of your torso on the chair you sit on. Feel the muscles contract and relax with the breath. Find out if there is any tension in any part of the body and just focus your attention on it for a moment. Put your hand on your skin and just feel the warmth of your own physical being.
There is a beautiful meditation on that. Imagine when you sit still that your spine is growing into the earth; that there are roots extending themselves from your feet or your torso that connect you to the earth and give you an unshakeable presence.
Even just paying attention to what your hands are doing is enough. Cooking is a wonderful way to connect with the present moment. Or making the bed. Tinkering with the car engine. Plant flowers. Dig your hands into the ground. Anything that draws attention away from the mind and into the body.