In this high-paced, “plugged-in” world we live in, now more than ever it’s important to have tools to find peace amidst the chaos of daily life and work. I believe that we all have a role to play in helping build peace in the world. When we find inner peace and model it for others, we then help build peace in our families, our communities, our workplaces … the world. So how can you find peace? Here are some proven practices I use and teach my clients.
Starting the day off right:
- Rather than leaping out of bed and “hitting the ground running” make a conscious effort to quiet your mind and scan your body from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Notice any tension or discomfort; breathe into these areas and consciously release and let of the tension.
- Do some conscious stretching. I incorporate some yoga stretches with crunches to awaken my body before I do anything else. Mindfully massaging different joints of your body from head to toe is also meditative.
- Meditate for 10 to 20 minutes. There are a number of digital products available to help you do this. I have found Deepak and Oprah’s 21-day meditation experiences helpful as they focus on a key theme, and each day break down the theme. In addition, beautiful nature sounds and music play in the background to assist you in relaxing and staying focused.
- Ground yourself. Being centered and grounded helps you to be more responsive rather than reactive when interacting with others. “For example, with our family members, when we are centered, grounded and at peace we truly focus on each individual and connect with them at the heart level. They then feel listened to, understood, accepted, and loved. Likewise in the workplace if a colleague gets upset or angry we can show empathy and understanding rather than reacting to them with frustration or as if they are a threat.”
Here is a tool I have found extremely useful in helping me to get centered and grounded. I do this exercise at the start of every day and also before I head into an important meeting or go “on stage” for a speaking event. I go somewhere quiet (depending on the venue it may be a washroom stall), then close my eyes and take several deep breaths to get into my body. I imagine I have roots growing out of the bottom of my feet going deep down into the earth. Then I imagine drawing the earth’s energy coming up through my feet, legs and into my heart. I then imagine I have branches reaching up to the sky to access the universal or source energy (or whatever you wish to call it) and feel that energy coming down through my head and neck and into my heart. I imagine that I am grounded to the earth and to the sky. This enables me to be much more powerful in the work I do and to be less reactive and more responsive in my interactions with others at work or at home.
I’d love to hear what tools you use to start your days off right, and to find peace amidst the chaos. I invite you to try out any of the tools above and to share your thoughts and experiences below. Here’s to helping build peace in the world one person at a time!
 Thompson, Pamela, Learning to Dance with Life: A Guide for High Achieving Women, p. 144
Great way to start the day Pam! When we traveled to the Wise (or was it wild?!? maybe the same thing!) Women’s Retreat you inspired me with your commitment to your routine. I now have my own grounding, centering Qigong/acupressure/energy routine in the morning and life rolls out so much more smoothly and productively. Thanks for the inspiration!
Happy I inspired you :). Good for you to have developed your own morning routine and for committing to it! Thanks for sharing your experience.
Love your tips Pam! I start most mornings with a 3-4 mile walk. I’m outside, in nature, briskly walking, in the zone, deeply breathing, and enjoying myself. On mornings I don’t walk, I roll out my yoga mat and get my downward dog on! xxoo
Hi Peggy, Good for you! Thanks for sharing how you start your day 🙂
I moved to the country for peace and quiet to write and create a new life … and I’ve had to put up with more noise and distractions than when I lived on the main street of a busy little city. If I didn’t get up early and start my day with prayer, meditation and yoga, I’d have lost it long ago!
Hi Barb, Yes, being in nature and in a quiet place is SOoo therapeutic. Congratulations for making that move and for the healthy morning routine you have committed to!
What a beautiful way to ground yourself.
I love the imagery you use with the tree roots growing down into the earth and the branches reaching up into the sky.
Thanks Lea! I’m happy that you found the grounding process useful. Enjoy!