Grief is something that we all have to deal with at some time in our lives, and it’s something that we all need better abilities to deal with now that Covid-19 has taken such a toll on our lives. COVID has claimed the lives of 633,000 people in the United States today. That’s 633,000 families that have had their lives transformed. Consider the ripples of loss that have reverberated across our country, as well as the worldwide pain that is being felt and shared. Grief is a thick blanket that has been spread over the globe and lives in many people’s bodies, minds, and spirits.
Grief comes in various degrees of intensity. Sometimes it’s really overpowering, and other times it’s bearable but still there. Grief tests our ability to handle the demands of our outward lives and forces us to focus on our inner selves instead. To learn more about how mindfulness may assist with grieving, we spoke with Amelia Vogler, a grounding expert and energy medicine practitioner.
Do you need some grief advice? According to Vogler, it’s critical to take some time to sit with your grief before moving on with your life. Setting a timer is one of Vogler’s grief ideas. Grief might consume you for a day, but you must eventually get back to enjoying your life. First, choose a period during the day when you can devote two hours to your grieving. If your emotions begin to overwhelm you, tell yourself, “OK, sadness, I have two hours with you tonight at 6 p.m.” Then I’ll be there with you.” This isn’t about stuffing or disregarding your pain. It’s saying, “I notice you.” Let’s get together as soon as possible.” Spend the next two hours weeping, crying, shouting at a pillow, begging, or expressing any other healthy emotion that comes to mind.
Tell your sadness that you’ll be with it again tomorrow when your timer runs off. Begin to gradually reduce the amount of time you spend each day with your sadness. For a month or so, it may be 2 hours, then 1 hour, then 30 minutes, and so on. This will assist you in balancing your time and life while also recognizing the demands of your sorrow.
Do You Need Assistance Coping With Grief? Mindfulness and grounding can help.
Mindfulness and grounding are two techniques that can help you build resilience and cultivate an inner feeling of calm and well-being. Creating a relationship with your perceived sense of safety, natural stability, and real goodness may help you encounter times with more steadiness, regardless of where you are in the mourning process. These connections benefit from mindfulness and grounding techniques, which also help you become more aware of yourself. Incorporating mindfulness and grounding techniques into your daily routine can aid with the mourning process, according to Vogler.
1) Redirect Your Focus
Mindfulness and grounding techniques can help you connect to your own needs by moving your attention through the blur and heaviness of mourning. Grief’s energy feels like a thick, damp wool blanket wrapped over and throughout the body when it’s felt in the energy system. It’s dense and suffocating at times. Mindfulness and grounding might help you lift this burden for a little period of time, allowing you to just be with yourself. These reconnection moments gradually assist you in returning to your own place and moving past the overwhelm.
2) Reclaim Your Heart and Love for Yourself
Mindfulness and grounding exercises can help you connect with your heart and love for yourself. We avoid experiences or circumstances where our feelings may feel overpowering since sorrow is so unpleasant. These techniques help you build compassion, self-love, and the little voice within that tells you it’s okay to just “be.”
3) Be Able To Ask For Assistance
Mindfulness and grounding techniques can assist you in learning how to ask for assistance. Grief teaches us to seek for aid, in my experience. Sometimes the burden is too great for one person to carry alone, and these techniques help us recognize when we need assistance and when we can handle things on our own. Integrity in the mourning process is defined by the ability to be vulnerable and call out for support if you need it. Knowing what to ask for might be difficult, but these techniques can help you make your request more specific.
4) Enhances physical stamina
Your physical energy is aided by mindfulness and grounding activities. During times of sadness, your vitality suffers. Your energetic resources are depleted as a result of the procedure (and you’re probably not sleeping well). Whether it’s through traditional earthing activities like being outside or more contemporary grounding meditations, these practices help you restore the well of energy in your body and connect to something more meaningful.
5) Enhances concentration and productivity
Focus and productivity are aided by mindfulness and grounding techniques. These techniques assist to calm the mind and reduce worry, allowing you to think clearly. Anyone who has gone through the mourning process knows how long it takes to think clearly. After a loss or tragedy, the body, heart, and Spirit must physically find a new way of being, and this reorganization may be quite confusing. These techniques will assist you in returning to your house and restoring more reasonable, linear thinking.