I’m conscious I may have already lost many of my readers with the words ‘grounding practice’ in the title of this post. This may sound a bit too much of a ‘serious’ post for some.
But please bear with me. Hopefully I can allay your fears that I’m not going all ‘woo-woo’ on you. All that is meant by a ‘grounding practice’ is bringing the attention to something specific and being aware of it from one moment to the next.
It may be as simple as noticing the breath. Where you feel the breath most vividly at that time. Following the rise and the fall of each in and out.
It may be as simple as noticing the feet. Sensing the feet in contact with the floor, exploring the sensations of the feet in the socks or shoes, the temperature and so on.
It may be as simple as noticing particular sounds that are around and using them as an anchor to the present. Exploring the pitch, rhythm, volume of the sounds without judgment.
So when is a good time to ground ourselves? It’s in a moment of BIFI.
BIFI stands for:
So next time you’re feeling bored, impatient, frustrated or irritated try and notice your breath, your feet or the sounds around you. Bring a child-like curiosity to your observations and see if the practice helps at all.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.