I recently read about grounding in my Wheels of Life Chakra book. Writes Anodea Judith, “when we are grounded, we are humble and close to the earth. We live simply, in a state of grace. We can embrace stillness, solidity, and clarity, ‘grounding out’ the stresses of everyday life, and increasing the vitality of our basic life force.”
I feel this way on the mornings that I go for a run. Grounded to the earth, with a still mind and clear path. It’s the time that I feel the best, in constant motion, before the sun has risen, as the birds and neighborhood dogs are beginning to wake up. Before email chatter, cars and traffic, the world at peace. That’s my meditation, my stillness. It’s where all my troubles are worked out and where my best ideas come from.
Being grounded is a recent feeling for me. Judith explains how major life cycles run in seven year periods. So my last life cycle, from age 28 to 34, is when I got my life back on track. It’s when I became healthy, became vegan, stopped drinking, stopped eating out as much, began jogging, got back into yoga. It’s by far been the best time of my life, the most fulfilling and happiest I’ve been…and this has made me convinced that my health is what fuels my happiness. It’s when I lost nearly 70 pounds due to diet and exercise, due to a researcher of a husband with a curious mind and an up-for-anything mentality. My marriage is stronger, my outlook is more positive, I’m much more centered. I attribute the last 7 years to being centered, being at peace.
Today my new cycle begins. My 35-41 cycle. I started the day feeling grounded, feeling proud of everything I’ve accomplished, loving my relationship with food and nutrition. Loving that I have two legs to carry me on my morning jog, to help me balance in yoga. Loving that I live close to a grocery store with incredible organic produce. Loving that I allowed health back into my life in my last 7 year cycle. Centered, and now grounded.
And so my new 7 year cycle begins. With it, I expect change and growth, a stronger focus on nutrition and helping others. I’m excited to embrace being grounded, and to see what the future holds.