When Ice Cream Just Isn't Enough

by Sarah Devika Sumnauth

So true to form I am starting to freak out a bit. Why? Because all of my old fears seem to want my attention all at once. The I’m not good enoughs and the I’m never gonna get everything dones are jones'ing for my attention and boy oh boy are they pushy. It’s made even harder at times because I feel like my attention is so split that I can’t focus on any one thing.

So what’s the solution? Well either I can break down in tears, or I can get really grounded and move from there. So that’s what I’ve been doing.

Like last night for example, I had a minor tail spin freak out when I realized that my student loans were going to begin to come due soon and this and that was going to affect it and I was going to have zero money to make any of my dreams come true. So I texted Jess and asked for help and you know what his response was? Two words: ground yourself.

So I did.

You may be asking yourself, what could possibly help in a moment like that. Let me tell you. A little while back I learned this really cool exercise from my spiritual director that helps you to get really centred and grounded so that you can do anything. Essentiall you take your hands and raise them above your head as though you’re praying and then slowly lower down in front of your body while imagining that you’re pulling white in through the top of your head. Move your hands down in the prayer position all the way down as far as they will go until you have to let go of the position and then relax at the end. Then quickly and assertively begin throwing your hands up in the air in a circular motion while imaging whatever or whomever is bothering you being moved quickly away from your being. The last step is to imagine roots descending into the ground through your hands, feet, and the base of your spine as though your being anchored like a ship This effectively grounds you and makes you feel a bazillion times better. No lie. Try it for yourself.

So yes, even though things are moving fast and sometimes those negative nancy thoughts are coming up, I still have my methods for keeping my head in the game and making sure I can make good decisions even in the midst of so much change and upheaval. I think this by far one of my most effective methods for just not going crazy too. Win-win, I’d say.

So let me know if you like this method and how it’s worked for you once you try it. What do you think of the after effect? Blissful? Zen? Like you’re not going to cry anymore? Leave me a comment and let me know, I’m so interested to know how awesome you feel.

With nothing but love,

Sarah Devika