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Five ways to work on your serenity

The feeling of being grounded can be achieved through daily self-improvement based on three complementary and interdependent factors: your thoughts, your emotions, and your body. They may not all be easy to master.

1/ Know how to spot whether you are grounded (or not)

To see whether you are grounded here and now:

Scan your thoughts:

  • Are your thoughts clear, do words come easily to you, do you have ideas, are you effective, open, and curious? Grounded!
  • Do you tend to be judgmental, of yourself and others, do the same thoughts keep going around and around? Not grounded.

Check out your feelings and emotions:

  • Are you joyful, satisfied, confident, enthusiastic? Grounded!
  • Do you feel angry, irritated, bewildered, worried, fearful? Not grounded.

Watch for bodily signals:

  • Is your breathing calm, are your features relaxed, do your legs bear you easily? Grounded!
  • Is your stomach in knots, your neck stiff, your shoulders hunched, your back aching? Not grounded.

· Think back on a situation in which you felt grounded and compare what you felt then with what you’re feeling now.

2/ Cultivate a lasting equilibrium

Use these three methods to stay grounded:

Put your mind to good use:

  • Practice spotting thoughts that distract you from what is going on with you here and now.
  • If you feel your thoughts are wandering, reconnect to the present through activities you enjoy and that make use of your powers of concentration.
  • Be clear about your basic needs, those you would not want to compromise.
  • Take a step back and look at your mental routines and subconscious attachments, i.e., your personal beliefs and habits that are triggered without your awareness.

Excerpt from Business Digest N°308, July – August 2020

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Françoise Tollet
Published by Françoise Tollet
She spent 12 years in industry, working for Bolloré Technologies, among others. She co-founded Business Digest in 1992 and has been running the company since 1998. And she took the Internet plunge in 1996, even before coming on board as part of the BD team.