Monday, August 11, 2008

Issue of the Week Aug 11 - Aug 17

Being Grounded

In order to create the life we want, we have to be here, functioning on the Earth. For many people, however, being here is painful and full of unpleasant memories. Negative childhood experiences might make us want to escape reality. Regrets or past failures, might have made us give up hope about the future. We cannot heal, change, or create, unless we are present in the here and now, grounded on the Earth.

Religious or spiritual concepts might make us wish for heaven or transcendance, convincing us that being here is unsatisfactory and we that we should strive to be somewhere else.

It might be difficult to see life on Earth as worthwhile and meaningful. We might seek heaven or higher states of consciousness at the detriment to our present life and relationships.

Often people on a spiritual path, prefer to be in 'higher states' or to escape this world altogether.

We are in a human body for a reason. It might not be clear to us what that reason is, but it is a fact.

Why am I here? What is my purpose in life? We tend to seek the answers elsewhere. In our mind, in our imagination, on other realms. While it is important to seek inspiration and to expand our consciousness, it is here on this earth that we must live our lives and act.

There is a Buddhist saying: before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water.

Is that all there is? Doesn't sound like any sort of accomplishment. Well, not having achieved enlightenment myself, I can't say. But I can say this. I have had times when just being here, doing mundane things has been totally satisfying and enjoyable. I like to think that I was being present and more conscious at those moments and so the experience of doing everyday activities became deeper. Every time that happened, I was here, grounded and present. Not thinking about tomorrow or rehashing the past. The attempt to be here now can also help us when we are confused, or feel that our life is empty. Attending to everyday tasks with attention and care, can move us out of a negative space and give us peace.

A famous book by Ram Dass, published in 1971 called "Be Here Now" gives information about using Yoga to improve your present life.

A truly spiritual life includes nurturing one's connection to the Divine as well as cultivating the quality of one's current life on Earth.

One of the keys to having a meaningful life, is being grounded, here on Earth, in the present moment. I'd love to hear what you think about this and how to achieve it.

Some flower essences from Desert Alchemy can help us stay grounded.

Camphorweed Flower Essence

Indigo Bush Flower Essence

Palmer Amaranth Flower Essence

Red-Orange Epiphyllum Flower Essence

1 comment:

Rajesh said...

Just breathing consciously keeps us grounded. We should just remember that we are inhaling when we inhale, we are exhaling when we exhale. If we can remember the pause between inhale and exhale or exhale and inhale than it is bliss.