Writing is a HUGE part of my self-care. When I’m feeling stuck or off or overwhelmed, I can often write my way home. Here’s a poem I wrote recently about feeling UNGROUNDED. A feeling that I imagine many people are experiencing these days, without the same access to the people and things that light us up. I wanted to share here in the hopes that it might lead you home too.
Ungrounded, I feel as if I’m floating.
Not in an easy breezy free-to-be-me way.
Lost and adrift, looking for something
To hold on to.
Grasping, clinging, reaching
For whatever I can find that might
Let me come back down
To the ground.
Untethered, I feel as if I’m floating.
Anxiety creeps in
And my heart slips into my throat
Am I even breathing?
Does anyone see me?
I hope someone will pull me in
And help me come down
I want someone to just hold me.
Uprooted, I feel as if I’m floating.
Disconnected from the good kind of knowing.
Who I am, where I’m from,
Where I intend to go
Up here, I tend to search
Outside myself rather than within
And even though that never works out,
Here I am again.
Unsure, I feel as if I’m floating.
Seeking validation from anyone
Who’s willing to offer it
Outsourcing my power
Giving myself over
How long will this last?
When will it end?
Can I get through this?
At last, in a lucid moment, I realize
I must come home to myself.
And I know what to do.
I feel my breath.
I listen to the beat of my own heart.
I sense my presence.
I allow myself to simply be.
Nothing to fix or figure out.
Nothing to prove.
Just this moment.
Just this breath.
Just this human heart.
My name is Brigid Dineen, and I am a Resilience Coach for Women on a Mission. Known for my deep empathy and grounded approach to personal growth, I have been teaching, coaching, and supporting women for over a decade as they learn to put themselves on the priority list. As the creator of Boundary Queen, I provide practical tools and strategies for self-care to help you reclaim your time, energy and peace of mind.
I believe in a world where wellbeing comes first – that includes the wellbeing of marginalized folx. I’m a fierce intersectional feminist, and this work is my feminism in action. Just so we’re clear, here’s where I stand:
Black Lives Matter, Trans Lives Matter, Climate Change is Real, Trump is Terrifying, and the Pandemic is NOT a Hoax.
I share these views here because you deserve to work with someone who shares your values, so I want you to know mine up front.
“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” (Irish Proverb) Let’s take care of one another.