Grounded

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The Earth (ground) is a leveler. It has the ability to absorb as well as to exude energy. It can absorb negative energy and exude positive energy. In that sense, the earth is also a dynamic, magical entity.

When you are in touch with the earth, walking bare foot in the grass early in the morning with the dew still glittering delicately on it, you get recharged by the earth’s energy. Sitting for a few minutes on the ground (or the floor) also gives the earth a chance to let her positive, healing energy flow into you.

When you are grounded, you never carry and excess of negative energy nor are ever lacking in positive energy. You are in a state of exquisite balance and equilibrium. In times of turmoil, you remain in a state of equilibrium, no matter what the nature of the cataclysm.

Get yourself grounded and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.

~ Steve Goodier

They say the physical fitness of you body is measured, not by how many miles you can run or how much iron you can pump, but by the time it takes your body to return to normal (breathing, heart beat etc) after a grueling work- out. The faster you can bounce back, the healthier you are.

This is an effective criterion with which to measure the health of your inner drive and enthusiasm. How soon after a setback are you able to bounce back to your normal enthusiasm levels? Does every set back throw you to the bottom of an abyss from where you must begin a long, arduous climb back to level ground? Does the smallest victory send you spinning off to outer space from where it takes you ages to float back to earth and continue on your journey?

The people who keep you grounded, real friends and family (sometimes), keep them close at hand. They have the ability to tell you how it is. When need be, they will climb down the abyss to haul you up by your ears or step out of a space shuttle to thrust you down to earth with a firm hand on your shoulder.

But it turns out that people who are grounded and secure don’t change much under stress. That’s what being grounded means.

~ Michael Gruber

On your journey to your North Star, you will encounter many setbacks and victories. The closer you stay to earth when these events happen, the less time you will waste. Taking things in your stride is a mighty useful trick to have up your sleeve. The lack of this ability alone has spelled the difference between victory and defeat for many a traveler.

Take time out to get grounded everyday. Lie down on the grass or on the floor. Talk to your grounder friend or family. Let them soothe your fears. Let them fill you up with verve. Let them balance you out and recharge you everyday.

So, how do you stay Grounded?

I do a lot of reading, meditating, and praying to stay as grounded as I can be in this crazy world.

~ Jada Pinkett Smith

34 thoughts on “Grounded”

  1. Ground is a great leveler…we came from the earth and mitti mein mill jayenge. Maintaining equanimity through any situation is good for our soul…but we sure get carried away.

  2. I think I bounce back slowly from an enthusiasm drop. The climb, as you put it, feels arduous. But I also don’t celebrate my victories in cloud nine πŸ™‚ which feels kind of odd.

    I guess being grounded is because of my friends. Their encouragement is what pulls me up after an enthusiasm drop. Good to have them by my side.

    I understood and enjoyed reading the thoughts, Dagny!

  3. When I succeed in something I feel happy but I never can celebrate it as much as perhaps I should..When I fail it takes me time to move ahead..I sulk and cry but eventually I get there… I’d like to believe I’m grounded most of the times but I also know that at times I’m not…

    Random Thoughts Naba

  4. I love to go to Sherwood Forest (we live nearby) to a clearing amongst some oaks and sit on the floor breathing in the energy, It’s a tremendous place and I always feel better for a visit.

    Visiting from A-Z Challenge

    1. Wow! To be in the presence of trees is very, very energizing. They have such a balancing and calming effect. They give so much positive energy. You are lucky indeed.

      Thank you for the visit! πŸ™‚

  5. Lovely post, Dagny. I guess for me, it depends on what it is that is making me happy or sad. If it is something that gives me immense joy then yes, I fly really high and it does take a little bit extra time to get back to terra firma. Same for something that makes me immensely sad. Takes me ages to get out fo the abyss. But otherwise I bounce back pretty well. And having people around you who don’t hesitate to pull you up or push you down matters a great deal. πŸ™‚

    1. I can well imagine you taking most ups and downs in your stride Prathima. You come across as a very calm person in your writing. πŸ™‚

      Thank you for coming over. πŸ™‚

  6. What a wise post πŸ™‚ Am honestly impressed by your theme Dagny
    Loved these lines – When need be, they will climb down the abyss to haul you up by your ears or step out of a space shuttle to thrust you down to earth with a firm hand on your shoulder.

    This post reminds me a quote I shared in my F post – we should learn something from the trees- They are grounded but still get tall and travel heavenward

    1. Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper,
      That we may record our emptiness.

      ~ Khalil Gibran.

      What more can I say? πŸ™‚

  7. This is one philosophy I believe in and I hope to share with my kids. God bless you, Dagny, for articulating it so well here. On another, not entirely unrelated note, trees give us a great example of the benefits of good grounding. Look at how rooted to the earth they are, and yet they manage to reach for the skies.
    For this post, as for all the others you’ve written for this challenge, I could hug you.

    1. Thank you for that hug Cynthia. I am thrilled you like what I write…. to win the admiration of those you admire… how precious and priceless that is!

      You made my day. πŸ™‚

  8. Remain grounded…it is a very difficult trait to achieve. It is so easy to get carried away and so difficult to find a balance. I loved the last few lines. It is so important to have a few grounder around you,

  9. i find the local trains of Mumbai a great leveler, rich or poor, executive or worker everyone sits shoulder to shoulder through the journey πŸ™‚

    1. You are right. Local trains do level out. But I wasn’t actually talking of social leveling in my post. Thank you for reading. πŸ™‚

  10. This is simply divine. I wonder which chakki you get your atta from. :D. Reading your writing is like being caught up in a strong current that won’t let go, till the end. πŸ˜€

    1. You know Jabalpur well Achyut. I am sure you know the chakkis… and their atta. πŸ™‚ After all, you have the same atta in your veins too. Is it any wonder that you are so brilliant? πŸ˜€

  11. A lovely post, beautifully written and so sensible. What do I do? I think I am a grounded person by nature. Besides my husband and kids, they keep me really grounded. Best of all, I think one has to be aware of their abilities and yet be humble about them. Somewhere I got that from my parents, and I am trying my best to inculcate the same in my kids.

    1. I am certain that you do Rachna. Is it any wonder that I voted you to be a mom to my kids if ever I conk off ahead of time. πŸ™‚ Your value system is completely in sync with mine. πŸ˜€

  12. Don’t know why mom gave me the name Prudhvi, but I feel it has kept down to earth. I donno how grounded I am, but people keep telling me all the time that I am very down to earth. So,what keeps me grounded? i think it is the expectation they already set for me and I try to stay grounded trying to live that expectation πŸ™‚

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