What is Grounding?
When we are feeling grounded we have a strong connection between mind, body and soul. We feel connected, focused and strong. It offers us a layer of security. When we are grounded we are less affected by the moods, emotions and unreasonable behaviour.
When life throws you a curve ball you field it with grace. It doesn’t knock you completely off your feet. It’s a bit like big, strong, solid trees. They simply sway in the wind without breaking or falling over.
How can you tell when you’re not grounded?
You feel nervous and flighty and find it difficult to concentrate. Tasks are almost impossible to complete. You might be locked in a cycle of overthinking. Making any progress will be almost impossible. You might hoard material goods. You might be an overthinker who finds it hard to get anything done.
So what kind of things help you stay grounded?
Here are 7 great ways to ground yourself.
1.Focus on something for 5 minutes.
Give your undivided attention to something specific even if it’s just the lyrics to your favourite song, or the taste of the coffee that you’re slowly sipping. Or focus on the feeling of your body on your seat. If you’re outside, try listening to the sounds of the birds in the trees, the passing of the traffic, the sounds of children playing in the park.
2. Wear the colour Red.
Red is a powerful colour also associated with the Base Chakra or the core of our entire being. Paint your toenails red, wear red underwear, wear red lipstick. Or wear a splash of red, like a red tie or scarf.
3. Just Breathe
Take time to focus on your breathing, take big, slow, deep breaths and as you exhale let go of everything that you no longer need. Imagine it being released into the atmosphere. Imagine every in-breath filling you with positive energy, love and light.
4. Diffuse a Calming Essential Oil or Burn incense
Diffuse a few drops of a calming essential oil in a diffuser. Good ones to try are Frankincense, Lavender or Rose. Burning incense is also very grounding and smells divine.
5. Use a heavy blanket
Use a heavy blanket on your bed to help weigh you down and keep you feeling secure. You can buy weighted blankets but an ordinary heavy blanket will still work.
6. Eat a light snack and drink a warm drink
Having a small snack and warm drink is great for bringing you back into your body and for returning you to your grounded state.
7. Walk Barefoot on Sand or Grass
Kick your shoes and socks off and walk on grass or sand for 10 minutes. This allows you to feel any negative energy to flow through your feet back into the earth where it can be discharged safely. It also allows you to recharge with positive energy. Gardening is also very grounding. There is something amazing about getting your hands dirty with soil.
Visualisation to help you ground yourself
Imagine that you have roots going down from the soles of your feet, through the earth right to its core. Firmly connecting you to the earth and its energy.
Visualise a shaft of light from the crown of your head reaching up into the sky, above the clouds and beyond as far as the source of all that is. Feel safe and secure knowing that you are grounded to the earth and all that is in a safe, positive way.
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Sarah Cooper is a Reflexologist, Reiki Master Practitioner, Aromatherapist and Writer based in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, England.
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