"Strengthen your roots before reaching upwards"
Defining Being Grounded
To ground ourselves simply means to Still our Mind and become aware.
The goal of grounding the Mind is to sharpen our awareness. When the Mind is grounded The Self will be able to observe all things with clarity.
The state of being grounded is thus a peaceful and powerful state to be in – A state when your mind is not stimulated and not wandering, when you are simply focused on the present moment. In such a state one will be able to observe both the inner and outer worlds with clarity – to observe all things as is without any distortion (i.e. distortion from analysis and Imagination). In this State The Self will have more control and power over the mind.
Being Grounded In Depth
An approach to understanding what a Grounded Mind is to understand what an Ungrounded Mind is.
An ungrounded Mind is when the Mind is stimulated and full of thoughts – in such a state the Mind cannot be Still and fully aware of all things that are happening around them.
So to understand how to ground our Mind we can first learn the Causes of an ungrounded Mind – because it is by properly addressing this that the Mind can naturally become more and more Grounded rather than forcing it with practices / techniques.
Causes for an Ungrounded Mind
The Mind can be stimulated externally through stimulating activities such as watching action packed films, playing extreme sports, listening to loud music and so forth. Such acts become “excessive” when we do not give our mind enough rest/room to release the stimulation.
The mind can be stimulated internally through the creation of Negative Reactions. This is because each time we experience Negativity in the mind it will remain in our mind to bother us as the Deeper Mind will always dwell in unsolved problems / confusions.
These Negativities can include our Judgements towards ourselves and others and our Fears of the future or regret of the past.
When we are ungrounded it can take some time to become grounded again. Thus to ground oneself the best way is to remove ourselves from the stimulating activities so that our mind can have the space and time to unwind.
Importance Of Being Grounded
The ill-effect of an ungrounded Mind is the same as a stimulated mind i.e. an inability to sleep peacefully/deeply, the inability to be aware and properly interact with one’s surroundings.
Do you find it difficult to sleep at night?
The effect of being grounded will allow you to have better control of your life. When your mind is not stimulated it will make you happier living in the reality of the present moment rather than in the imagination of what would make you happy in life.
Do you often dream about where you could be rather than being content with where you currenly are?
When we are ungrounded our mind can lose the sense of being in the present moment. It can make us lose awareness of what is happening around us, drift off when people talk to us, lose track of what we are doing in the middle of work and so forth.
Do you have a tendancy to space out or become forgetful of what you were doing?
Often one can have a tendancy of escaping into one's mind when one is experiencing some form of Pain / Discomfort in the present Moment. So naturally as one works on their Sufferings then the issues of an ungrounded Mind will naturally be resolved.
Path Of Creator
Being Grounded In Relation To The Path Of Creator
Often the grounded state can be called being in the present moment.
However one can become confused and ask the question "does that mean I should not think into the future?"
To bring clarity is to understand that Grounding oneself is not so much about choosing which moment to think whether it be the past or the future or the present moment. Being grounded simply is a state of mind when one is in control of the mind and able to observe all moments with clarity without wandering thoughts coming and going to disturb one's stillness. And the only way to achieve this state is through Stilling the Mind.
When we are ungrounded there are many things we can do to ground ourselves again, for instance feeling the earth with our feet, taking deep breaths, meditating or doing yoga, look around us and try to absorb everything that is happening in the present moment, to stop doing things and rest and so forth. But realize that doing all these will only ground the mind temporarily until our old habit of stimulating the mind kicks in to push us into an ungrounded state.
To reach a Grounded State naturally is to address every moment of our life thus it is not a practice that lasts for only a moment, it is about truly transforming our lifestyle so that it can allow the mind to come to a Still state more and more easily than before.
The way we live our life thus will become the centerpiece of the topic. And the question to ask here is “Why are we living in a way which greatly stimulates and unground our mind?” It is only when one can truly find the deeper answers to the question that one can begin to address the deeper issues.
At The Idea Level
As all forms of Sufferings can promote an Ungrounded Mind, let us look at one of the Negative Ideas that can drive the mind into a stimulated state.
A Possible Negative Mental Declaration
"It is not ok to waste time"
--->I reject myself and others when I am/they waste time
= There will be fear when I waste time wrong because it is not ok.
Whenever one encounters situations which triggers the Negative Idea onto the surface, one will begin to experience stimulation of the mind, or to look for activities to stimulate it. For instance, when one suddenly has problems to solve in life and wants to do it quickly, or when one encounters another Self which is wasting one’s time and so forth.
The tip here to address this Negative Idea is to never rush but always try your best to do everything carefully. Never be pushed by someone to rush things because often this will end up in more mistakes been made.
Learn to Reach Down before Reaching Up
We are like trees. We can always be in the reach for things above us, reaching towards the stars, reaching towards our dreams, reaching towards those things which are more exciting than what we currently have. As a result we can forget to reach down as well, to firmly strengthen and plant our roots before reaching for the heavens. And as a result, we can easily topple, falling back down to start all over again. So equalize and strengthen your being by reaching down as you attempt to reach up. Properly ground yourself.
Develop Experienced Knowledge
There are several things we can do to reach a grounded state. One of which is the hardest thing to do for most people which is to take life easy i.e. instead of filling the day up with things to do one simply try to do less and rest more.
The Creator's MeditationLink here
Aim for a Still Mind in the Creator’s Meditation. Realize that the more we dwell in our Negativities / Imagination / Wondering thoughts the more the Mind will become Stimulated and the more the practice will become a Negative / Unhappy One.
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