I have this stone I keep in my jacket pocket. It’s smooth, and fits nicely in my hand…I think my niece gave it to me one time and told me to keep it…and, well, you have to obey the adorable 5 year olds in your life, especially if they’re your sister’s adorable 5 year olds who you can give back at the end of the day. Sometimes if I’m a bit distractible it’ll help me ground back into the present as I hold onto it.
I was ambling through the woods the other day. As I walked I was noticing how my mind was all over the place. Thoughts ping-ponging their way through my head. There was a bit of an inability to be present, and a distinct lack of desire to try to be present. As I walked, I noticed my distractibility, but I didn’t try to fix it. I listened to my messages on my phone, I continued to ping-pong in my thoughts. I was in the woods…but I wasn’t really there.
Toward the end of my time, I did try to come back, to find some grounding, and to be present in the space I was in. I stepped toward the water, found a cozy spot, and just listened to the flowing of the water as I breathed deeply.
Sometimes we just need a bit of an anchor, a tangible something to allow ourselves to be a little more present, a little more grounded in our day…maybe that’s a stone in our pocket, maybe that’s the sound of running water, maybe it’s something completely different…water was that source of grounding for me that day. It brought me right back to where I was, and allowed me to be fully present in that time and space for just a moment.
My dear friends, there isn’t anything wrong with finding our anchor when our mind inevitably wanders and ping-pongs. I hope this week, when your mind wanders and you feel you need it to come back, you can give yourself a little more permission to find that tangible grounding.
Have an amazing week my friends.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!