One of the things that yoga helps with is being centered and grounded. Pertaining specifically to yoga, this means focusing in on your own body and needs and being in the moment, trying to rid your mind of any other thoughts. It can also mean feeling connected to the earth below us. Feeling centered and grounded doesn’t need to be reserved just for yoga class though and can have broader meaning in our everyday lives.
To a child, being grounded has an ENTIRELY different meaning (lol!), but to the rest of us, being grounded probably means something along the lines of having a good foundation of values and morals with which you live your life. And being centered might mean being able to look inward to those core beliefs about what it means to be a good person and what is truly important in life and letting those thoughts and ideas guide you. Many people have a more spiritual definition and may think of being centered and grounded as being able to focus on what God has in mind for them. I’m sure there are many other ways to define it as well.
I think it’s worth a little time to think about what those things mean to you, regardless of how you end up defining them, and then make some time whenever possible to reconnect with your inner self, God, your ancestors looking down on you, your own thoughts and reflections, or to meditate or do whatever is right for you to feel more centered and grounded. It’s easy to get caught up in all the details of our never-ending “to do” lists, our busy schedules, our job responsibilities, our family demands, and whatever else fills our day or may cause stress and frustration.
We all need to feed our own souls every so often, and that means different things to different people. I find just closing my eyes or being in a dark, quiet room and then taking a few deep breaths thinking nothing but positive thoughts while I purposely smile (to signal the rest of my body to relax) does wonders. (I discuss some other benefits of smiling and laughing in my post titled “Not Just A Smile“.) I just need to remind myself to do it more often, and I may have found a way to help with that. I just recently taped the following meme to my computer monitor so that I see it early in the day. I’m finding it very helpful to do all of these things each morning. Throughout the day I see it as well and may stop to smile and take those deep breaths, or maybe even just one deep breath. It is all helping me to be more centered. Perhaps it will help you, too.
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