How to Stay Grounded When Chaos Strikes

by Christina Hubbard. “Dangerous lightning” popped up on my weather app that morning. Every few seconds thunder bellowed, then a flash lit up the sallow sky. In order to keep ourselves safe from lightning’s danger, we take shelter in a place which is electrically grounded. (I love watching storms from inside my four warm walls!) It gives the negatively charged particles a positive place to connect. In the same way, a lightning rod on a tall building gives the strike a focused place to go, averting shock or fire.

When life gets chaotic with a schedule, work, emotions, or stress, which are often unavoidable, we can prepare grounding places for our souls. You might be thinking of a weekend away or a planned retreat to escape. While these are wonderful, they are not always a possibility. I’m talking about minimal prep and a few minutes of thought, which is. We all desperately need soul grounding spots of peace, sanctuary, and safety.

Five Minutes of Focused Rest

  • Go outside for a walk.
  • Read aloud from a storybook.
  • Close your eyes and take ten deep breaths.
  • Listen to a song (check out the Verses Project).
  • Look at a piece of art.
  • Read a poem.
  • Notice five new things around you and say, “Thanks, God.”
  • Doodle or draw.
  • Shift your perspective. If you’re sitting, stand. If you’re standing, lie on the floor. (If you’re already on the floor, you’re hilarious.)
  • Shut off your screen and just be.

These are a few ways to give the electricity in your life a protected place to land, while you watch the show in complete protection. Think of it as practicing presence in the midst of distractions and disruptions. The peace of God does not promise the absence of chaos. Lightning will strike and mayhem will muddle up plans, but we can take cover in Christ. He’s solid and grounded.

The next time dangerous lightning pops up on your mental radar, remember you belong inside where it’s safe and warm.

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September 13, 2018