As you have no doubt discovered, the human experience is full of all sorts of elements: happiness, joy, and excitement…but also things like fear, despair, and sadness. While there is no way to get rid of the hard stuff altogether, when we feel grounded we can navigate the ups and downs with much more ease and grace. From that rooted place we are more able to be truly present and alive for the things we enjoy, while at the same time feeling less distressed by the challenges. We may still find ourselves bending and swaying when the strong winds come, but we come to trust that we’ll get through it, and we’re a lot less likely to be blown all over the place.