Start at the very beginning, it's the very best place to start.
It’s as true in life as it is in song. Would you go camping without a plan or the required equipment? No. Would a structural engineer being a building without a plan? No. Why do you go through life without one? If we are lucky, life is a long journey and one that should not be navigated without preparation. It is grounding ourselves that roots us and give us the ability to plan and design our lives.
We can’t achieve the life we want without stability and grounding. It’s when we ground ourselves to the earth, ourselves and the Divine that we come to know what we want and who we are. The path of life can be confusing and dangerous. It’s always better to approach it from a secure place. It is easy to be pulled off course by bright and shiny things may be attractive and may even serve you for a period of time, but deep roots will sustain you for the long haul.
I was a late bloomer and didn’t read Alice in Wonderland until I was in my late teens. I was enraptured by Alice and her “mad” friends. My particular favorite was the Cheshire Cat with his devilish grin. Not only was he the most laid back creature of the lot, but he was also the most wise. His exchange with Alice captivated me as a teen and still does today.
Alice asked the Cheshire Cat who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?”
The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know”, answered Alice.
“Then it doesn’t really matter, does it?”
As a teen, I was looking for my path but I wasn’t sure where I wanted to end up. I find this to be true for lots of people. People want to end up somewhere fulfilling and happy but don’t have the foggiest idea as to how to get there.
I now know that the journey of life, although beautiful, can also be chaotic and difficult. There is no map or system that can tell us how to live. However, just like you wouldn’t go on a camping trip without gear and a plan, you should never attempt life without preparation. That’s where the whole concept of grounding comes in. Grounding is the preparation. It’s the time that we give ourselves to fortify ourselves for the journey ahead.
We need grounding to strengthen us. It’s a lot harder to get moved off of your square when you’re feeling strong inside. When grounded, we don’t let the opinions of others influence our decisions and our lives. Grounding helps us get in touch with who we are and what we truly want. Our destiny is not wrapped up in some unknowable place. It is in our heart and soul that we find our true purpose and our reason for being. It is only when we rid ourselves of the distractions that we are able to listen to that still small voice that leads us ourselves and our destiny.
Grounding is something that we have to do periodically. It’s the time that you give ourselves on a daily or weekly basis to regroup and gain the sustenance to navigate life. Most all of us are searching for our purpose, happiness or both. The best way to find them is by discovering your longings and desires. You need to root yourself in the things that truly matter and live in your truth.
I have included a little checklist to get you started with grounding, it is in no way a complete list. It is meant to help you get started.
Your foot is on the starting block are you’re ready to take off. But no runner worth their salt would ever think of starting a race in the middle. So how you we really start the race of life at the beginning?