“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.” (Mahatma Gandhi)
To reach true self-actualization requires belief. We practice believing in our Self, the beauty of our bodies, the power of our minds, the capacity to love and be loved from our hearts, and the spiritual energy of our souls. As we enter into this conscious state, we begin to feel the presence of our Higher Self interacting with the world around us. We will feel this sense of peace as the dopamine drives shut down and the serotonin flows begin. This will activate the pleasure centers of our brain releasing endorphins, not just in the brain, but in every part of our body. This will ground all the physical and emotional pains we are experiencing in our minds and bodies and open the door to experiencing complete peace and harmony within ourselves and with all living things. We will feel a sense of euphoria and purpose in that moment that we can expand and explore in each and every day of our lives.
Activity 1: Grounding Meditation
To live our lives within our Higher Self requires time to open up the channels of communication among our body, mind, heart, and soul and then with all the life forces around us. We do this through meditation. We start off our meditation with whatever time we are comfortable and try to expand it to a fifteen minute exercise. By extending our meditation to a full fifteen minute period, we create a continuous state of altered consciousness. It takes us out of the working stage of the mind so that the brain can restore the depleted neurotransmitters and energy supplies and clean out all the residue of past active thought. It also allows our body to clear up hormonal activity, restore our body to homeostasis, and rebuild our immune system. In a sense, we will be grounding, or putting on hold, our mind, so our brain can focus on its own physical needs and the needs of our bodies. This meditation will also help us focus on staying grounded spiritually. If we can learn to live grounded in these wonderful bodies, we will begin to experience the full power of the sensations, vibrations, and sources of energy coming from the world in which we live.
I suggest the following:
- We divide the meditation into three five minute sections. I suggest using a timer with a soft sound to signal each segment. We do not use any other gadgets or devices. No music, we just stay tuned to our body’s natural sensations, feelings, and rhythms.
- The typical meditation practice is to sit in a lotus position and empty the mind. I prefer a more comfortable and active process. To enhance the feeling of grounding, I recommend that we do this outdoors in a standing position with our feet firmly planted on the Earth so that we can feel our full body weight connecting to the Earth through our feet. Bare feet on grass or sand adds to the feelings of being grounded. The more sensations and feelings that we add to this exercise, the greater the overall effect. If we cannot do this indoors, I suggest we use the powers of our creative imagination to create this scene within our minds.
- During the first five minutes, we enter a state of meditation by just breathing and relaxing. I like to employ the following physical and visual technique. I begin by extending my hands down towards my feet, and then moving them together and up towards my forehead, while inhaling in one deep prolonged breath. As the hands slowly move up to the head, the elbows will extend outward thus opening the diaphragm so that the lungs fill with air. I then touch my forehead with my hands, turn my hands over while still together, and push down towards my feet, while exhaling in one deep prolonged breath. This will squeeze the diaphragm thus emptying the lungs.
- At first, the movements may be short and crisp, but with each movement I slow the action down while taking deeper and longer breaths. In the final stages, it may take up to six to eight seconds in one deep breath to move the energy up to my head and then six to eight seconds in one deep breath to move the old energy out of my mind and body. This will take the mind and body out of any anxiety and deeply into a parasympathetic state. While I continue this breathing exercise, I visualize the movement of pure low-vibration energy coming up from the Earth, up through my body, and into my forehead, and then the high vibration mind energy moving down to and into the Earth, thus grounding it.
- During the second five minute stage of the meditation, we concentrate on creating and solidifying our connection to Mother Earth. We let our breathing slowly return to its normal easy rhythm. As we inhale, we receive from the Earth, and as we exhale we give back to the Earth. If we still do not feel grounded, we can visualize our feet sinking into the earth until we are rooted like a tree or whatever grounding image we choose to use. If we are being distracted by thoughts from the mind, we may wish to use a grounding mantra. I suggest the more rhythmical French translation for “I am the Earth; the Earth is me” which becomes “Je suis La Terre, La Terre c’est moi”. I suggest using it just to silence distraction rather than as a steady mantra.
- During the third five minute section, we can focus on our body’s physical and spiritual connection with Mother Earth. We may wish to shift our feet or sway back and forth connecting and reconnecting our life energy through our feet and into the Earth, until we feel like we are anchored to the core of the Earth itself. Swaying back and forth, or some other natural rhythm, allows us to resonate and experience the vibrations and rhythmical energy patterns of the Earth as it flows through and with our bodies. We may experience that we are a part of this dynamic life energy. We may experience a feeling of peace, power and well-being.
- At the end of the meditation session, we can take a few minutes to record our thoughts. It may be helpful to keep a journal and see how our meditation practice is evolving with our sense of feeling grounded.