Especially this time of year during the holidays, when there are big changes in the routine. It is hard to explain, but my constantly changing routine sort of becomes a routine, and so when that gets interrupted, it can leave me feeling slightly out of sorts.
The most important thing that I can do is to remind myself that, “There is nothing bad happening.”
Usually I am surrounded by love and everything is fine. There’s a lot of time with family during the holidays, and then at home everything is okay. My wife and daughter, our cat Max and our dog Coco… shouldn’t leave out the two turtles and the two hamster’s either.
I am surrounded by good people and good things.
So it is important to acknowledge that everything is fine. Perhaps I am just feeling a bit overwhelmed with things. This simple awareness that “everything is okay except for me”, is usually enough for me to get hold of myself and feel grounded.
Here are some ideas on getting centered/grounded when you become disturbed:
– Remember that the body and mind work best when on a routine. Even if your schedule changes often, try and have some routine. An example is that even though I work and go to sleep at different times most every day, I always brush my teeth and meditate before bed.
– Have things that are calming to you in your environment. You can have photo’s of family or of your guru to look at, crystal’s or stones, or a nice painting. It makes you smile when you look at it.
– People who know me know that I usually have a small bottle of lavender essential oil with me. This scent just has a wonderful calming effect on me, and helps tremendously with my sinus issues too. Find a pleasant scent that works for you!
– If a situation is just too much for you to handle right now, it is perfectly fine to eject yourself from it. “I just need a few minutes.” is all you need to say. Go off by yourself and take a few minutes to re-group. Deep breath, talk to yourself, and wait a few minutes. This works for me every time.
Please share with us how you get yourself centered when needed!
and yes there is an elephant in the background of this picture.