Monday, 18 May 2020

3 grounding activities: gardening, cooking, practising Qigong

Soul Plan Energies

If you are someone who tends to walk around with your head in the clouds, are prone to daydreaming, struggle to accept that you are highly sensitive, experience feeling stuck in the process of letting go of ... you might benefit from physical activities to aid you in grounding, so you will be more in the present, in the here and now.

You can do some gardening, cooking, or you can practise Tai Chi or Qigong, mindful movements forms.

The Soul Plan system explains 22 energies and they vibrate around and in you.

These 22 energies have an impact on you and the most dominant energies are based on your original birth name.

Some of us have the innate energies as described above, and here are 3 practical ways to help you balance, moving your inward attention to the world around you.

1. Gardening

I tend to live in my head.

Digging your hands in the dirt, helps you to ground, if you are lucky enough to have a garden that is.

Gardening takes you away from living in your head and diverts you from excessive 'sensing', from overwhelming physical sensations. Gardening balances your focus by moving your attention outward instead of keeping it constantly inward.

Since I moved home with my little family more than a year ago, we don't have a garden anymore. Unfortunately, I have no dirt underneath my fingernails to clean.

So what else can I do?

2. Cooking

In the flat we live in now, I had to think of other ways to keep my body moving, feeling and becoming more aware of my body.

So... digging in dough it was ... 

... it was calming to make my first Surinamese rotis! I am born in South America, Suriname and we have a blend of people from all over the world. Originally, my roots lie in Asia, China and Indonesia. Our Surinamese rotis originally stem from India.

It was hard to find flour in the supermarket by the way. With the COVID-19 outbreak, everyone in lockdown seems to test their hidden baking talents!

Luckily, I also have my daily dose of Qigong to keep me balanced:

3. Qigong

Qigong is a  Martial Arts form. Regularly practising this form of Martial Arts helps me to recognise and identify when my body and mind feel stretched and stressed. The movements help to calm down, to destress, and find peace within, moving my attention in and outward.

I am a Qigong instructor, and I now offer online Zoom classes since the Coronavirus is going around. Come and join me.

Read more here.