Seven Grounding Tools to Stabilize Yourself During Challenging Situations and Transformative Life Events
Hindsight is 20/20, as they say. I’ve got a quick story to share that just might be of interest to you. A couple of weeks ago I fainted at an event I was hosting. It happened so suddenly. My heart was racing. My breathing became shallow and fast. I couldn’t feel my feet on the ground.
One minute, I was facilitating a sound healing performance, the next moment I found myself curled in a ball on the floor. I awoke minutes later, feeling bewildered as to where I was or how I got there. Luckily, I was surrounded by compassionate friends and kindred spirits who expressed great concern for my wellbeing. Ultimately, I was fully cared for. So why am I sharing this little anecdote?
Honouring The Physical Body
Throughout much of my youth, a special mentor (who also happens to be my dear aunt) would frequently urge me to stay present and to remain in my body. She would remind me that I have this wondrous vehicle called the physical body, but only one life to enjoy it; in which case I must treasure my body, honour it, and take good care of it to the best of my abilities.
Her constant reminders to honour the physical was especially compelling for me because I was born with two rare congenital birth defects, one neurological and one cardiac. Almost from the time of birth, I’ve had to discover and implement very creative ways to remain rooted in the here and now. As a very energetically sensitive individual with multidimensional gifts – and one who occasionally travels in the invisible realms – I’ve come to understand the wisdom of being fully grounded.
What are Ascension Symptoms?
This is especially true during the times we live because everything is moving so rapidly and the collective energies are constantly shifting. We’re all feeling it. Individuals from many walks of life and spiritual paths are experiencing a variety of strange and challenging symptoms – what some people like to call “ascension symptoms.”
Ascension refers to a powerful evolutionary process that humanity is currently undergoing. It spans the spectrum of human experience: emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual. And it also impacts us in virtually all areas of our personal life, be it vocation, finances, romance, or spiritual purpose. While this transformational process can be extremely challenging at times, it’s also for our own highest good (both individually and collectively).
Seven Grounding Tools
The key to navigating life during uncertain times, fluctuating energies, or changing circumstances, is to have practical tools at your disposal. So whenever you’re feeling scattered or have difficulty focussing or just can’t seem to get into your normal flow, you’ll have a variety of easy-to-use practices that can get you back on track quickly. Below, I highlight what I consider to be seven of the most important grounding tools. Pick the ones that resonate with you, experiment with what works, and implement often.
1. Root Vegetables: Consume a variety of local, organic, non-GMO root vegetables such as beets, carrots, and squash.
2. Breathwork: Breath deeply into the belly while engaging the pelvic floor muscles.
3. Essential Oils: Use essential oils like patchouli, rosewood and sandalwood in your bath or in a diffuser.
4. Bach Flower Remedies: Add a few drops of Clematis Bach Flower remedy to your drinking water.
5. Grounding Crystals: Carry grounding crystals in your pocket like Botswana Agate, Hematite, Obsidian, Onyx, or Red Jasper.
6. Chakra Balancing: To find the wisdom through the 3rd eye and crown Chakra, trust that every experience has meaning for you to process and heal.
7. Vocal Toning: Use specific vocal sounds to ground your root chakra. You can intone the sound Uh or the Seed Sound LAM.
Tying Up Loose Ends
Earlier, I referenced my fainting spell at the sound workshop. What I didn’t share was a relevant insight that appeared in that moment. In the midst of my sudden collapse, many images flashed through my mind, one of which was a majestic walnut tree. The deeper the roots, the taller it grows. I see the tree’s growth as symbolizing something we all need to reinforce in our daily lives. Just like the walnut tree, we cannot grow spiritually if we are not deeply rooted and connected to the present moment.
The goal is to become neutral. Accept the present. Experience this NOW moment from as many vantage points as possible. There are no right or wrong answers. Expand your awareness. Broaden your perspective. Allow the teachings that are relevant for YOU to trickle down from the Cosmos and integrate them into your life as best you can.
As we move out of the powerfully creative energies of the dual Leo eclipses and the Lion’s Gate Portal – please reflect on all that personally matters to you. August (2017) provided us with ample opportunities to examine and contemplate the Light and dark energies, within us and the world around us.
You must embrace what you want to take with you on the next leg of your journey. At the same time, have the courage to let go of what is no longer appropriate with gratitude, humility and resolve. Knowing what to keep and what to let go of becomes so much easier to discern when you are grounded, in your body, and present in the only moment that matters. This ONE.
by Ravinder Kaur
Ravinder sees her role today as an "energy mentor" - able to meet you wherever you are on your journey. Through table sessions and exchange, Ravinder is here to help you on your path. Her clientele include seasoned healers and gifted teachers who are looking to widen, deepen and shift their beliefs and perspectives. Ravinder travels with you in unraveling personal questions, which may include: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? What is my life’s purpose?
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I am super stoked to be writing our very first blog post for Awakening Ottawa – the first ever integrated web portal for all things spiritual, healing, and peace related in Ottawa-Gatineau. On Thursday, June 1, we did our first official radio launch for (phase 1 of) the site. I was interviewed by Suzette Schmiedel on CKCU's I Am Alive Radio Show. That's 3 firsts!
Healing Through Heart, Head, and Hands
Whether you are a counsellor, holistic nutritionist, naturopath, reiki master, energy worker, matrix energetics practitioner, yoga instructor, meditation guide, vegetarian-vegan-raw restaurant owner, homeopath, theta healer, angel reader, body talk practitioner, astrologer, chiropractor, acupuncturist, shamanic healer, EFT practitioner, brain optimizing specialist, spiritual teacher, heart centered entrepreneur, spiritual bookstore, crystal, or wellness shop owner – you have chosen to be on the path of healing for self and others. And with that lifestyle mindset, chances are good that you will find something here to peak your interest, or to learn about, or to inspire your heart!
Now let's go over what the portal currently offers and then I'll briefly touch upon what's being planned in phases 2 (August 2017) and 3 (Fall 2017) for AwakeningOttawa.com
Awakening Ottawa includes a MANDATE page describing 6 primary pillars. These pillars are not fixed in stone, but rather, gentle guiding principles with which the site is structured and can continue to evolve organically. Community integration, spiritual initiatives, and an events calendar are all examples of essential guiding pillars that drive the spiritual movement, create inspired action, and help to organize activities within the site itself.
Next is the INITIATIVES page. This page features some of the larger-in-scope spiritual initiatives taking place in Ottawa. Of the hundreds of events taking place on a monthly basis, the initiatives page would primarily highlight events, conferences, and festivals that impact the spiritual/healing/peace communities as a whole; for example, a HayHouse style event (Gregg Braden, Wayne Dyer, Deep Chopra, Caroline Myss) would be included here as well as a Kryon conference, the yearly Ottawa Peace Festival, VegFest, Cosmic Fair, and things of that nature.
Then we've got the DIRECTORY page: It gives folks from all walks of life the opportunity to promote their health and wellness businesses online in an easy to find, high visibility location. This directory is categorized into several subdirectories that feature everything from solo practitioners and nonprofit organizations, to spiritual trainings & nutrition schools, holistic & integrative clinics, yoga centres, wellness shops, and organic vegetarian restaurants.
The directory is also great for web visitors looking for a particular healing modality, holistic product/service, or training centre. For example, you may be considering a yoga teacher training and want to scope out the different offerings available in the Ottawa yoga space. Perhaps you simply want to attend an impromptu yoga class at a centre closest you. In either case, we've made the decision & search process really simple with the YOGA CENTRE subdirectory.
The same would be true of food. How often have you found yourself looking for some great new restaurants in a particular genre of cuisine? Or maybe you're an organic superfood fanatic who's new to the Ottawa area and wishes to check out all the nifty vegan-vegetarian dining options in the area? We've organized that in one convenient place, too: The RESTAURANT subdirectory, of course.
Now. . .about the ABOUT page. Typically, this page would overview an individual or highlight the central theme of the website. With Awakening Ottawa however, we're using the About page in a somewhat different way: To describe the sacred energies of Ottawa itself. Specifically, we've highlighted converging evidence around Ottawa-Gatineau's spiritual emergence as a living and continually evolving energy centre – what some folks might refer to as a 'planetary chakra.'
And last but not least – the BLOG page! This will be a weekly blog that features interesting content articles ranging anywhere from 150 words (minimum) to 750 words (maximum). Blog posts will consist of pieces written by local entrepreneurs on a variety of cutting-edge topics.
There are 3 primary criteria to be eligible to contribute a blog piece to AwakeningOttawa.com: (1) You are already subscribed to one of the directory pages. (2) You are an expert on a relevant topic. (3) You have previously written and/or published pieces in your area of expertise.
For phase 2 of AwakeningOttawa.com, we'll be introducing a Dynamic Events Calendar. The events calendar is meant to be a one-stop shop for any and all of the exciting events and activities taking place in Ottawa that align with the overall content of this site. It'll be searchable by topic (e.g., sound healing, speaker events, festivals, brain health shows, meditation retreats).
Also in phase 2, we'll be adding an exciting new content page: The Ottawa Spiritual Entrepreneur Podcast, which will feature weekly interviews with health & wellness practitioners, visionary creators, spiritual event planners and heart centered entrepreneurs.
In the fall of 2017, phase 3 will incorporate general upgrades to the site, which may include changes in overall aesthetics, functionality, graphical layout, or new content pages.
AwakeningOttawa.com has the potential to become the premiere spiritual hub in the National Capital Region. From this point forward, we'll continue to promote the site using a variety of digital avenues, social media, videos, and email send outs, as well as conventional media channels. But the fastest way to make this thing go viral is through word of mouth. That's where you come in! If you feel inspired about what you see on this website and you'd like to support the overall Awakening Ottawa initiative, kindly share the link with like-minded friends and kindred spirits.
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