grounding and presence
Grounding is our ability to stay present, embodied, centred and connected during experiences of stress, anxiety or trauma. It involves re-directing our attention to connect with the present moment, to the physical body and our surroundings. This helps move our attention to what is in the here and now, instead of getting caught up in thoughts or worries of the past or future. You can think of grounding as an ability to be present, move our attention away from the mind into the body and also to connect with our environment.
EMOTIONAL AWARENESS AND REGULATION
Emotional Awareness means learning to recognize what emotions are present, observing them and learning to stay present with our experience without getting overwhelmed or lost in them. We can learn to be the observer of our emotions and notice that they are part of our experience but not the whole of who we are. We only work with the emotions we are ready to at that moment in time, and we approach all our experiences with an open, non-judgmental awareness.
the core self
We have a core self that is always present, stable and strong. When we learn to connect with this core self and stay present with our personal power, then we can more readily get through difficult experiences. Connecting with the core self and knowing that it is a part of us that is always present, helps us to develop greater determination and courage. We can feel more empowered and stay centred no matter how much stress we might be experiencing.
compassion for self, others and the world
Cultivating compassion is an essential practice when navigating stress and anxiety. It is shown that those who are more self-compassionate tend to be less anxious, stressed and depressed. Compassion also helps us to connect more deeply with others – being more open to connection and communication when we’re experiencing challenges. Some other benefits of self-compassion include bringing greater equanimity to our experience. This means that our experiences are neither suppressed nor exaggerated. We stay mindful and observe our experiences just as they are.
Expressing and Communication our Authentic Self
We need to learn how to communicate our feelings, emotions and needs when we experience stress or adversity. An inability to communicate or express our feelings can cause added stress, overwhelming emotions and psychosomatic disorders to develop. Expression and communication can help us to feel more resilient, and we can also develop more authentic relationships with others and have a strong, stable support system around us. Expressing our truth to the world also helps us to feel more aligned with our purpose in life.
purpose and values
It has been shown that those who can find meaning in life are more able to remain resilient in times of difficulty. It is also my experience that times of stress are what often enable us to find a deeper meaning and purpose in life. If we are able to re-evaluate what is meaningful to us and connect with the values that stem from a more expansive and coherent self then we are likely to have more resilience through stressful events.
Expansion, awareness & Connection
We are more than our individual body and mind. When we can expand our awareness into a space that is limitless and formless, we can draw on a collective consciousness for wisdom, truth and knowledge. Observing our situation from this more expansive space enables us to gain insight and perceive the ‘bigger picture’. We remember that we are a part of something much greater than our individual ego and this helps us feel less attached to our emotions while also able to navigate our situation with a sense of unity and connection.