JoLyn Olsen Holladay
Above and BeYond Mentoring
The importance of this exercise is to recognize our many resources of support and use those to start the day grounded and inspired rather than chaotic and tired.I have included what I personally say in the grounding exercise, but please personalize it to the roots of support that you have and the manner that rings true to your mind and heart. Be open to the resources and possibilities you may not have recognized before. Note that I do address my Higher Power in this. However, I do have my regular prayer and scripture study before I do this grounding exercise. This is all part of my morning “Sacred Time.” I believe it’s best to take ½ hour or so in the morning to do this, but if you have to do the prayer, scriptures, and grounding at separate times, it’s still empowering.
Several ways to do this rooting/grounding exercise:
“Dear Heavenly Father, this day I want to be rooted, grounded, balanced, and inspired. Because of this I recognize and call upon all the resources of support that Thou hast given to me on from Heaven and earth.”
I actually picture and kinesthetically feel a root growing into the earth for each resource as if I were a giant tree growing roots. If this seems weird to you, simply recognize and picture each resource of support as you say it out loud. There is really no right or wrong way. The important thing is to recognize the support you have around you so that you feel strong and grounded. Also to call upon any or all resources needed to help you that day.
Roots to Grow on
Of the many roots you can include in your grounding and meditation exercise here are a few i have found make a difference in my day. Feel free to adjust these to incorporate what helps you to be rooted and grounded. For example:
“I recognize (optional addition, “and grow”) the supporting root of my Faith in (insert your Higher Power)________.”
For me that results in:
“I recognize and grow the supporting root of my faith and testimony in My Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ.”
Additional ideas for supporting roots:
I recognize (and grow) the supporting root of the WISDOM of my past and the HOPE of my future.
Finish the Exercise
Then I say,
“HEAVENLY FATHER, THIS DAY I AM ROOTED, GROUNDED, BALANCED, and INSPIRED. I recognize the many resources of support you have given me and I call upon any and all that are needed to help me in my roles today.”
I have told you how I do this exercise that I developed, but personalize and change it as needed for yourself to start out the day grounded and inspired rather than chaotic and tired. It takes only 5-10 minutes but can make a big difference in how you think, feel, and handle things throughout the day.
Add strong imagery to your language to engage left and right brain:
I have this amazing picture of a tree that I use as an example of how I want to be as a person. It is rooted, strong, and balanced. Its branches are reaching up (as if for inspiration) and out (as if to share light with others). The tree stands strong in the meadow and Light is streaming through its branches like love and inspiration from Heaven. Each day, I want to feel supported, grounded, balanced and inspired; empowered body, mind, and spirit. I hope this image and excise will help you do the same.