Have you ever lain on your back on the grass, watching the clouds move across the sky, and enjoyed the warmth of the sun on you skin? You were grounding yourself!
Grounding fits both the science and soul of what I do…
From a psychological point of view, grounding is a technique that helps keep you in the present. Grounding can help you chill when you are feeling anxious, worry, or overwhelmed with emotion.
Grounding is also an energy tool. Grounding keeps you connected to your physical body and to Gaia, the earth. It balances out your energy. Just like an electrical system needs to be grounded to discharge excess energy and keep energy flowing, so does your energetic system.
It can be easy to get a bit disconnected from the present moment and from the earth given the way we live our lives. Electronics are a great distraction that contributes forgetting to be present with all 5 senses in our lives. Staying super busy and feeling pulled in all directions also can be ungrounded.
If you’re an intuitive and drawn to connecting with the spiritual world, you might find yourself in your head, and in your upper chakras ( circular energy centers that are aligned with our spine) and dis-inclined to connect to this world. But you are meant to be here, and being connected and balanced energetically actually allows for a higher level of connection to the spiritual realm.
Grounding allows you to connect with the spiritual realm more easily. It helps you manifest or bring your dreams and desires into the material world. It provides a sense of stability and security. Grounding also helps you appreciate the richness of your life in this very moment. Often, if you are feeling out of sorts energetically, emotionally, or otherwise, taking some time to ground yourself can significantly improve how you are feeling.
Some of the signs that you could use grounding include feeling: spacey or scattered, irritable, easily distracted, tired or drained, clumsy, sensitive and responsive to others energy and emotions, disconnected
There are a many ways to ground yourself. Some are very simple and others can be more involved. Grounding should become a regular part of your self care.
Here are some simple grounding techniques to get you started:
- Slip off your shoes and walk barefoot for a bit.
- Flop down on the grass and lay on your back for a few moments.
- Take a walk in nature.
- Hug a tree. Really. Trees are amazing.
- Spend some time playing in the dirt gardening
- Play at the beach, Walk in the sand,
- Sit and enjoy a sunrise or sunset
- Eat root vegetables: potatoes, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, berries, green beans
- Tap on your breast bone, right between your boobs. Do this lighly and repeat for a few moments.
- Carry a crystal (obsidian, smokey quartz, tourmaline, jasper, bloodstone, green aventurine, jet)
- Do some yoga
- Dance. Move your body to music.
And this is one of my favorite grounding exercises:
Sit with your feet flat on the floor or ground. Imagine pushing any tension and any negative energy down into your legs out the bottoms of your feet. Imagine the energy simply flowing into the earth. Set the intention to allow Gaia to transmute the energy from negative to positive. You’re likely to find that once you start letting energy flow down into the earth, you begin to feel the energy being pulled out of you. Sit and let go of negative energy as long as it feels like you need. Once you are ready, shift the flow of energy so you are pulling up energy from Gaia to recharge and re-energize yourself. This works when you are feeling emotionally out of sorts as well as energetically off.
While there are many more tools for grounding yourself and managing your energy, the tools described here will provide a good place to taking care of your energetic self.
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