Hello and happy Monday. How have you all been doing with the mindfulness challenges? I admittedly did not have an entirely empty dish rack this week, but it was empty most nights and definitely clearer than usual, in general. Remember one of the things about mindfulness practice is accepting failure. Just observing. I gained information about myself on the nights the dish rack was not clear. Some challenges have been more consistent, some less. I’m just noticing without judgement and moving forward. I do feel a significant shift in my thinking and feel generally slower and more intentional in my daily actions, and that’s been pretty lovely.
This week I’m borrowing another challenge from the How to Train a Wild Elephant Book that I read weekly. This week I’m asking you to join me in noticing the bottom of your feet:
I’ve been pay more attention to the bottom of my feet since beginning my yoga practice in earnest. We talk a lot about “grounding” in yoga. Tadasana (mountain pose) often feels like an energetically lifting pose, but the pose would be nothing without the foundation. We talk in yoga about minding all four corners of your feet, spreading your toes, shifting weight.
Focusing on connecting your feet to the earth is the practice of grounding. Grounding becomes a very helpful practice if your life feels a bit out of control. When things are unknown or confusing or scary, the stress of that often physically manifests as a sense of having no foundation. But the truth is, we always have a solid foundation of the ground beneath our feet. Connecting to that reality may not make the unknowns known or the confusing more clear or the scary go away, but it may shift our perspective on our ability to handle those things.
Updated Note: I am realizing that posting about stable ground could be insensitive to the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. The ground there was quite literally not there for those people. Please consider donating or sending prayers/energy to the victims. Please forgive the irony of the timing of this post.
How did you do with the dishes challenge? Will you join me grounding down through the bottom of your feet this week? xo