Ground yourself in your intention(DW#729)

Yesterday, we talked about how we can set the tone of the day by setting an intention before we even get out of bed.


Today, let us deepen this practice further. The following is a grounding practice that can greatly help us start the day right and have an anchor to come back to in moments of anxiety or distress. When your mind is racing and going down the anxiety tunnel, a grounding practice such as this can help bring you back to the here-and-now. It is a great way set a calm anchor that you can come back to again and again.


All these steps combined take only moments to practice but can have a profound impact on our wellbeing.


Once you get out of bed, feel your feet firmly planted on the floor.
Stand up tall.
Take a few deep breaths (in through the nose, down and into your sides and into your back).
As you exhale, expand your awareness into your surroundings, taking a moment to notice sounds and smells.
Now remind yourself of your intention and feel in your body.


For example, if your intention was to maintain your sense of humour, remind yourself how it feels in your body to take things lightly and have a sense of humour.


If your intention was to be courageous, where do you feel it when you are being brave?


Allow yourself to ground your intention by savouring the feeling for a few moments.
Imagine a thread running through your head and down into your body.  Pull the thread thru your head to stand tall.
Take a deep breath (in thru the nose and exhaling slowly . . .).
Chest up. Chin down.
Feel yourself being alert and relaxed at the same time.
Relax a little more. Expand a little more.
Now say good morning to your best self!
You can do this several times a day or whenever you find yourself losing your center.

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