Midlife grounding with plenty of baggage -- and Lily, our 200 lb. English Mastiff

Midlife grounding with plenty of baggage and Lily, our 200 lb. English Mastiff

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.”

~ Ecclesiastes 

Are you grounded?

Many of us grew up with bad feelings about being grounded. We avoid the grounding process, likening it to a jail sentence or some highly contagious disease.

We conjure up images of losing access to the car, the TV or even our friends. The younger among us relate grounding to the loss of newer links to society, like cell phones, iPads and computers.

In every case, we’ve been trained to see “grounding” as a negative idea — and ourselves as its victim. Worse, we relate grounding to behaviors deemed immoral or illegal. Being grounded becomes punishment for breaking the rules; failing to perform; or doing something else wrong that brings us to the mercy of a superior — and often menacing — force of authority.

We may still envision ourselves through that vulnerable and childlike lens. We return to old feelings of isolation and condemnation, the subjects of  disappointed, disapproving or angry adults who have meted out our punishment for an extended period of time.

It’s no wonder why many among us avoid the notion of grounding. 

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The Goodness of Grounding

But is there a positive  — and ultimately happy — side to grounding?

Is there a way to see grounding’s time of confinement or limitation as actually delivering some benefits to us in life? As a process that’s doing something really good for us?


Several years ago, I took up the topic of grounding in one of my very first blogs. Using a completely different approach, I wrote about several times in my life where I chose to ground myself.

It might seem an odd, curious or even masochistic way to live. Why would anyone choose to impose discomfort upon oneself, as if simultaneously playing the role of adult guardian and growing child?

In ways both common and wondrous, I reveal in my blog how grounding for me has been a very good thing. Hardly punishing, it has resulted in broadening and liberating outcomes. Employed from the right perspective or initiated with positive intentions, grounding can free us from insecurities and help us grow in new and unexpected ways. 

A Podcast on Grounding

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I hope you listen in to the podcast above. In it, I invite you to envision grounding in new, bright and more encouraging ways.

You can forget about the former negative feelings or ideas you’ve carried about grounding. Instead, you can consider how your life can become bigger, stronger and wiser than ever — if just given an opportunity to ground.

Yes, grounding may invite us to humility. It may ask us to step back, sit down or even shut up for a time. Further, grounding may allow us time to shed something that no longer serves us or provide opportunities for us to grow by learning something new. The process may not always feel great, but grounding can deliver us plenty of personal benefits in the long run.

Grounding brings us back to earth and carries the seeds for a new and fresher kind of rebirth. Moreover, grounding can free us to live happier lives from the inside out.  

Click here or on the icon above to listen to the podcast. Decide for yourself if grounding might be a good thing for you, too.

For the curious and more mindful, I invite you to read my original blog about the merits of grounding by clicking here. Follow me from freshman year of high school and onward into adulthood. My sense is that you’ll discover at least one benefit about grounding that can be positively translated to your personal life experience. 

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More on Grounding for You 

King Solomon spoke wisely in the Book of Ecclesiastes when he reflected upon seasons of life. He knew there was a time and a season to everything — including a season to ground. 

Solomon’s sentiments were captured by the Byrds in their 1960’s pop hit Turn, Turn, Turn. May the following song remind you that a season of grounding can add to your peace and well-being — no matter what your present age. 

Whatever season of life you find yourself in today, may you no longer fear grounding or avoid what reminds you of separation, punishment or loss.  

May present day grounding cause you to rise, bloom and transcend your current state so you can enjoy greater happiness than you ever dreamed possible! 

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Maura Sweeney is a Podcaster, Author and International Speaker

Her mantra is “Living Happy – Inside Out!”

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