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How to Stay Grounded in your Spirituality

Posted in Self-Care and Self-Healing

I once thought that cultivating my spirituality would solve all my problems. I just had to become all loving, joyful and angelic and then whoosh! Life would be eternally wonderful. Unfortunately it’s not this simple.

There’s certainly a strong appeal to wanting to escape from the world into an airier, more transcendent state. But what if we could expand our spiritual awareness without running away from the physical realities of this earth-bound life?

crystals on beach

The most difficult part is knowing when we’re ungrounded and then realising the value in coming back down to earth. There are certainly times when we intend to leave the density behind as we meditate, pray, sing mantra, use a substance of some sort, or get all carried away with a new spiritual learning. But there are also times when we’re simply going about our daily lives and we realise that we’re completely away with the fairies.

Both of these situations can lead to an ungrounded state of being and if you have anything resembling a regular life such as a family, car, home, job, pet, friends and actually, even just a physical body, both are problematic.

So what do we mean by ‘ungrounded’? It means that our awareness is focused outside of our physicality and our earth connection. We’re lost in thoughts, ideas, worries, creative inspiration, philosophical meanderings or spiritual devotion. We may even be giving a large chunk of our awareness to another person such as a lover, guru, teacher or author, giving our power and sense of self to them.

Being ungrounded creates a scenario where we’re not able to be fully present and healthily engaged with life. Here’s seven nasty side-effects:

  1. We become accident prone, forgetful and vague
  2. We’re not able to communicate effectively or consider other people’s needs properly
  3. We make poor choices around money, caring for our health, substance use and who to trust
  4. Our intuition becomes faulty because mental chatter interferes
  5. We get carried away with newly formed beliefs, business schemes and creative projects and fail to take practical matters into consideration
  6. We distance ourselves from anyone who doesn’t support our new world view
  7. The general feel of life becomes stressful and frustrating and we become disconnected from the people we love

So that’s the downside of being ungrounded. Here’s some suggestions for how we might strike the right balance between inspired and functional:

  • Get into your body with yoga, dancing, walking in nature bare-footed, beating a drum, swimming, sitting on the ground outdoors to meditate and leaning against and hugging trees
  • Pay attention to your breathing. Each time you become aware of getting carried away with your thoughts, place your hand on your stomach and consciously breathe in and out a few times
  • Use moments of eating and drinking to be fully present with what’s going into your mouth and give thanks for what you’re receiving
  • Practice active listening when talking with the people in your life. Look at them, take note of their body language, be curious about how they’re feeling and ask questions to clarify what they’re saying and reflect your understanding of what they’ve said, maybe like this: “So it sounds like your saying….”
  • Cultivate an awareness of having your feet on the earth at all times. Take your attention to your feet multiple times a day and notice how they’re making contact with the ground
  • Start the day with a visualisation of beams of light or roots coming out of the bottom of your feet and travelling down into the earth beneath you. Consciously anchor yourself to the planet and know that you’re always supported by that earth energy

When we’re grounded we’re calm, wise and thoughtful. All of the qualities that I reckon might just bring us a better world. Don’t you agree?

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How To Create Your Own Daily Spiritual Practice

Posted in Live From Intuition, Self-Care and Self-Healing, and Trust The Universe

I want you to know something you may not have heard before…This comes from my heart and my deepest knowing.

You are spiritual to your core.  There is no such thing as spiritual development, only your awareness need be developed.  Once you perceive your divinity and goodness (Godness), as an infinite being of light, much of your ‘work’ is done and any other falsehoods about your nature and human flaws simply fall away.

What I’ve come to realise only quite recently is that you get this awareness by adopting a daily spiritual practice of your own design. It might be meditation, yoga, walking, running, swimming, dancing, prayer, listening to music, singing, drawing, painting, writing, tai chi, sitting in your garden and listening to nature….  It doesn’t matter what it looks like, it matters how it makes you feel.

sunrise meditation
image courtesy meditationoasis.com

 

You can come up with a suite of practices that you intuitively move into when the urge comes. One morning you might get up early and walk in nature, the next you might journal and meditate or do some yoga and so on. Feeling the freedom to choose what you do is a wonderful motivation to make it happen.

Here are my Top Five Tips for getting the most out of any daily practice you wish to commit to with the intention of connecting with the deeper ‘you’:

  1. Begin and end your day with one or two practices from your suite of options
  2. Do your practice alone
  3. Treat your practice as a joyful time of being-ness rather than a task to be completed
  4. Set the intention each morning before rising to embrace the present moment in your daily practice
  5. Use your daily practice to be in and fully experience your real emotions, not to escape them

When you commit to spending even ten minutes, twice each day in a spiritual or shall we say inner-connection practice, the benefits are many.  How does more productive, more creative, less worrisome, more physically healthy, more joyful, more clear-thinking and more loving sound? These are just a handful of the gifts I’ve received since getting clear about prioritising having a daily spiritual practice in my life.

So how to begin?  Well, set an intention right now in this very moment of loving yourself a little more and just see where that leads you.  We’re here to enjoy life and be aware of our own innate divinity, so devote a little time every day to cultivating and nurturing that aspect of you.

Helping people create and commit to their own daily spiritual practice is something I love doing in my Inner Guidance Coaching Programs, click to read more…

You are you and that’s enough, all that’s needed is for you to fully know this truth. <3