“When anxiety strikes, panic sets in, or general overwhelming feelings occur, many clinicians encourage their clients or patients to utilize a mindfulness technique called grounding. It’s nothing fancy, doesn’t require a degree to practice, nor does it cost money or any sort of monthly subscription. It’s merely engaging our God-given five senses with our current environment. Through the 30 second process of identifying one or more items we can hear, see, feel (touch), smell, and taste, we are brought back into the present moment where perhaps we have left briefly during the emotional surge.
When what seems to be most rattled is spiritual life – our faith or our connection with God or God’s people feels off-kilter – spiritual grounding may be necessary. While spiritual grounding may not use the five physical senses we are most familiar with, re-engaging with the written Word, worshiping with gratitude, showing kindness, soaking in creative beauty, and/or fellowship within a community can bring us back to the reality of God’s goodness, grace, and love for us.
In what ways are you feeling overwhelmed today? How can the practice of grounding bring you back to the here-and-now of knowing you’re loved?
– For God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7