I'd love to share some simple practices I personally use to stay grounded in 2020.
Our self care practices are more important now than ever, so we can ride these waves with grace together. So we can be messy but return to ourselves each moment we get. So we can remember that we are supported. And so we can support each other, while aiming for the best versions of who we truly are.
Dedication to a morning practice
That could look like:
Movement to get you in your body, move energy and lymph, open the pores. Breathe.
Mental and emotional health check in: observe your thoughts and feelings, where are they in the body? Soften. Let it move or be without attachment
Journal if necessary to help process thoughts and emotions to release them from within.
Grounding meditation to quieten and centre the mind and come back to self, earth and body.
Prayer and spiritual connection, ask the universe/god/spirit for what you desire, guidance or support.
No social media before your morning practice
Imperative for grounding and focus. Create space for yourself first before filling your mind with other's thoughts, opinions and stories.
Too much social media can be information overload, scattering for our brains and attention, affect our emotional bodies especially if we are sensitive, without even realising it.
Less time on social media
When there are big global events our digital worlds can become overfilled zoos of opinions, verbal dumping grounds, and data that may not be entirely correct.
Stay educated but choose what you digest wisely. Your time and energy is incredibly valuable for your health and vitality.
Less scrolling means more time, space and creativity.
Gratitude brings us back to our heart centre and shifts our frequency from 'not having’ or victim, to fullness. Practice gratitude often.
This could be journalling all of the things you are grateful for weekly. Making a daily list of 3. Or feeling into one thing a day that you are so grateful to have.
Try to carry that energy throughout your day.
Practice being comfortable with not knowing and uncertainty
For some of us this our greatest challenge, for others it is rocket fuel. Wherever you sit, kindly respect where others are at.
Breathe into it, come back to self and the present moment.
Fear around not knowing is created from a projection of the infinite (mostly negative) possibilities onto the future, or from a similar event in the past.
Presence allows things to be. And creates space for choice around how we feel.
Uncertainty can also lead to unimaginable positive change.
Connection to others
If this can’t be in person a phone or video call will suffice. Our loved ones are mirrors for our internal worlds, and vice versa.
We help each other process thoughts and emotions, and provide love and support through connection.
We inspire each other.
Community connection is nourishing to feel part of a larger group of likeminded people and remember that we are all united.
If this can’t be in person check in with your online communities and reach out for support if you need it.
Spend a lot of time in nature
Nature brings us back to the present, to what is real in the physical world and connects us to the earth which is solid and nourishing.
It inspires us with its natural beauty and provides fresh air to deeply, deeply breathe and let go of what is not needed.
Breathe and soften.
Finding joy and pleasure
Do not feel guilty for finding joy or pleasure (even in cups of tea) when hardship is on others or we are in challenging times. In fact chase them in everything you do.
When we are in spaces of joy and pleasure we are more receptive, open, empowered and in our hearts to be the best version of ourselves.
Joy and pleasure lifts spirits, not only of ourselves but of others too, and increases our capacity to connect, feel and help each other.
"Love takes curious forms in order to circumvent your intricate defences against waking up to your own glory" - Jeff Vander Clute