In today’s business culture, we learn to push ourselves. We try to do more, faster. Perhaps, like many people, you check your email constantly, even during the night or before the day starts, feeling the pressure to respond immediately. You dash from one meeting to another and eat lunch at your desk. You work during vacations. All of us are trying to pack more into each day, riding on a wave of caffeine and stress hormones. The pace is exhausting and unsustainable. We need to find the path to a calm, grounded, happier life.
What is possible?
Renewal is possible. Living a more grounded life is possible. When you think about making your business successful, grounding may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe it should be. Your ability to succeed in your business depends on you and your energy, so as you become more grounded, so will your business.
What does grounding mean? Grounding means you are fully present in your life. It is a tool to help you gain stability, control, and clarity. It helps you connect to the earth and become calm. It is a way to manage your energy levels.
Scientific research has shown that feeling connected to the earth, also known as earthing, has many benefits, such as improved sleep and reduced pain. Simply sitting outdoors or walking barefoot outside helps us connect to the conductive systems that transfer the earth’s electrons to the body. It keeps our sense perceptions wide open.
Signs that you may not be grounded include:
- Becoming easily distracted
- Over-thinking problems
- Personal drama
- Sleep problems
- Chronic pain
Regular meditation practice will make you feel grounded in all aspects of your life. The goal of meditation is to help you experience your essential nature, known as “peace, happiness, and bliss.” It teaches you to calm yourself and let go of negative emotions. Unfortunately, your busy brain tends to get in the way of these goals, but with regular practice, you can achieve amazing results.
Mindfulness meditation practice is so simple. Just find a good seat, make sure you are comfortable, pay attention to your breathing and when your mind wanders, be aware of your thoughts and feelings. Then re-focus. It’s simple, but not necessarily easy. With practice, it teaches you to quiet your mind and become more present with yourself.
While mindfulness meditation involves awareness of what you are experiencing, concentration involves training the mind to focus on one object or point of attention for a period of time. Naturally, the mind wanders, but with regular practice, we are able to focus for longer periods of time. Improved concentration and a higher perception of details are just some of the cognitive benefits.
Research shows that breath control relieves stress and contributes to your well-being. When you breathe deeply, the air fully fills your lungs, and the lower belly rises. In it’s most basic form, mindful breathing simply means focusing your attention on your breath. Some people count their breaths, but the idea is to focus on your breathing and ignore distractions. Breath awareness reduces anxiety and has a positive effect on many health problems, such as blood pressure.
What can being grounded and listening to your inner voice do for you? Your energy impacts your business. If you are anxious, distracted or driven, your customers and your co-workers will know it. If you are calm, happier and stable, your business will run more smoothly. If you have what Pema Chodron calls “a calm mind and a warm heart,” your customers and clients will feel the difference. For more information, contact us.
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