thoughts & ponderings
When we think of being grounded, most people imagine the mundane, either a kid who pushed a boundary with their parents, or safely wired electronics. Did you know there’s another meaning and it involves being stable and centered inside yourself? Being grounded can mean the difference between feeling as though you have little or no control over situations that affect you, and being in the flow with the universal energy around you and feeling supported by the ancient Earth energy.
OK, I know that might sound a little woo-woo, but it’s really not. It’s an essential skill and a way to keep us focused, while also helping to keep mental chaos at bay. If you are un-grounded, as we can often get from simply being caught up in daily life, you can feel like a leaf on the wind, blowing where the wind takes you and not really able to keep up. Some of us who are highly sensitive tend to even pick up the feeling of other peoples’ emotions, which can add an element of disorientation and confusion. When we take time to get grounded, we’re more like a well-rooted tree. We bend with the storms without being swept up in the harsh winds, and we come through even stronger and more stable.
Being grounded means being able to focus on the NOW, not dwelling on things that have happened in the past, and not worried about what will happen in the future. All the little things that can go wrong, from a cabinet handle popping off to hearing that distinctive grinding that says you need new brakes, just can’t ruffle your feathers. Because you know, ultimately, that it’s all OK.
An easy way to keep yourself grounded is by bringing your attention to your breath, and what you are currently doing. So, taking deep breaths, simply state in your mind, “I am driving,” ”I am cooking a delicious and healthy dinner,” or even “I am a living being on this planet called Earth, and I exist.” These kinds of statements shift our awareness back into who we are. You can go for walks in nature, and leave your ipod and mobile phone at home. Really connecting to the trees, the birds, and the water will bring your whole world back into focus. Keeping your bare feet in contact with the Earth is a powerful way to ground yourself. Self-care activities like having a chakra balance, reiki treatment or massage are also wonderful and clients always feel the difference after being grounded. One of the things I love to do is offer fruit, nuts and dark chocolate at the end of a session and this also brings people back into the body.
Why don't you try it for yourself and experience the difference.
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