Monday, November 15, 2010

Staying Grounded During the Holidays

Merry Meet :)

As some of you may know, I am a facilitator for the Empath class and support area at Sacred Mists.  One of my sisters from the Mists shared this article and I thought it was wonderful and wanted to share it here. ;) As empaths Christmas time can definitely be a tough time of year.  Hopefully this article may help some of you a bit. :) 
Staying Grounded During the Holidays
This can sometimes be a challenging time of the year for empaths and those with sensitive nervous systems. The holiday hustle and bustle can sometimes conspire against the creation of tranquility and peace. Finding peace and quiet is an especially intentional act this time of year. And in order to remain centered and peaceful when others are not, we must be grounded.

One of the biggest myths is that we can turn our sensitivity off. Attempting to do so results in chakras closing, losing touch with our body, and becoming ungrounded. And when we are not grounded, we pick up extra psychic and astral "debris" that clogs our energy field.

The good news is that we can choose to remain energetically open and therefore vibrant if we are grounded.

Here are some simple tips to remain grounded and move through this season with fluidity:

1) Before holiday activities, psychically connect yourself with the energy of the Earth. An easy way to do this is to breathe Earth energy into your bellybutton for 10-12 seconds on the inhale. Use your creativity and imagination to make this process vibrant, imagining Earth energy as having color, sound, and even a smell. Then, on the exhale, breathe slowly for 10-12 seconds and imagine that you are letting go of anything that doesn't serve your highest good. Use this consciously during stressful moments or social interactions.

2) Another good way to ground is to simply place your consciousness in your feet. With each slow step you take, simply feeling the movement and placement of the feet will automatically ground you.

3) Moving your body in some form of physical exercise is crucial for empaths & highly sensitive people, especially during the winter months. Doing so will create additional energy reserves that tend to get depleted when the sun isn't there as much to replenish them. (Did you know that exposure to the Sun cleans your energy field? When we don't experience as much sun, we can get clogged with stray energy "debris").

4) Clean your house. Making your living area an orderly place of "sacred space" will inevitably create more order and sacred space inside your mind and in your life. So get the vaccuum and you might be surprised how much better you feel.

5) HUM! This simple act of chanting, toning, or humming will clear your throat chakra. Try it right now for 20-30 seconds. It helps, right? When the throat chakra is cleared and open, it helps all the other chakras, and your entire body and mind, as well!

By Dr. Michael R. Smith

In addition, I have a few suggestions that may help as well. :)

 - Do as much shopping as you can online, or do your best to go during "off-peak" times.  We all know how overwhelming it can be just to go into a store.  Try to avoid the Christmas time crowds as much as you can.

 - Tis the season for aromatherapy! :))) There are sooo many wonderful scents that go along with Yule.  Take advantage of having a real tree in your house if you can.  Having a little bit of the outdoors in your living room will help. ;) Bake some holiday cookies! :)

 - Decorate your house for Yule.  Sometimes the simplest things can help.  Seeing holiday items that you love around you, stringing some lights to add a twinkle to your evenings and days for that matter. :) Give it a try!

 - He emphasized to stay physical during this time of year.  I can't emphasize enough how far a little bit of fresh air can go.  Take a step outside in the moonlight at night and look up at the moon and the twinkling stars.  Even if it's just for a minute. Take a deep breath and tell yourself how strong you are. 

- Music is another thing to help during this season.  Find a nice station that will help set a relaxing mood.  I listen to the Winter Solstice channel on AOL radio.  It's funny how quickly just putting on that station will calm my 3 year old son down as well. 

Would love to hear any other suggestions you have for how to help handle the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. :)))

Love and Blessings to all of you. 

1 comment:

  1. Yeah... the keeping things neat. It;s AMAZING how much a tidy room helps keep me centered and relaxes me...

    I'm dreading the whole shopping thing too Ugh.


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