Get Grounded With a “Here-and-Now Stone”: Learn To Use a Small, Physical Object To Ground Yourself

When life’s whirlwind starts up, it’s nice to have something to grab hold of that reminds you to stay in your body, stay present and feel your feet on the ground. For me, the simplicity of a stone works wonders towards this end.

I call it my “here-and-now stone.”

Find a stone in your yard, on a riverbank, at the beach, in the forest, or even at a craft or garden store. Choose the stone that calls to you most if you have a wide assortment to choose from. Once you’ve selected your stone, spend some time with it. Really look at it and feel it.

Notice its range of colors and textures. Observe how it changes temperature the longer you hold it. Rub your fingers over it and move it around in your hand. Think about how you are holding something that is millions — maybe even billions — of years old.

Here-and-Now Stone

While you’re focusing on the stone, guess what you’re NOT focusing on?

The “here-and-now stone” invites you to be fully present in the moment, not thinking about the past or future. You get to focus on a stone, not on the drama of any particular storyline going on in your life. By focusing on the stone, you are giving your brain a much-needed break from all the chaos.

Use your “here-and-now stone” every day

Here-and-Now Stone

I have a “here-and-now stone” on a cord so I can wear it around my neck. I reach up throughout the day and rub it between my fingers. It’s nice to have your stone somewhere where you can easily reach it. I keep another one in the front pocket of my purse. I know some others who carry it in their pants pocket and keep it on a shelf in their closet at night so they can remember to grab it when they get dressed in the morning.

Whatever way works best for you, try carrying a “here-and-now stone” with you every day for a month. Notice how it gives you the opportunity to step back from life’s chaos and get grounded, even if just for a moment. Give yourself that little gift and see how it helps diffuse some of life’s more challenging moments.

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By | 2017-08-28T09:52:36+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Mindful Methods|

About the Author:

Julie Potiker
Author and mindfulness expert Julie Potiker is an attorney who began her serious study and investigation of mindfulness after graduating from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at the University of California, San Diego. She was trained by Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer and UCSD as a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher. She went on to study with Rick Hanson, becoming a graduate of his Positive Neuroplasticity Training Professional Course. Potiker also completed Brené Brown’s Living Brave Semester. Now, she shares these and other mindfulness techniques with the world through her Mindful Methods for Life trainings and her new book: “Life Falls Apart, but You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm In the Midst of Chaos.” She holds a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from George Washington University.

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