What is it? How does it help? How do we do it?
We all have moments when we feel overwhelmed, we may not even recognise that this is the emotion we’re feeling. When you feel like you have lots of nervous energy, can’t focus properly and are walking into things or dropping things you can be pretty sure you’re not grounded.
Being grounded is being fully in your body or to put it another way, fully in your logic brain and feeling in control. When you’re grounded it’s easier to focus, tasks are more manageable and will often be done faster. It is more than being distracted, as, if you are easily distracted you aren’t grounded.
Often when we travel a lot by ’’ plane, train or auto mobile’’ we become ungrounded and start to get electric shocks off of car doors and other metal objects. The static from the movement builds up in our bodies and we need to earth the charge. Even if you live in a big city you can find easy ways to ground yourself. Grounding yourself is something that we all need to do on a daily basis and for some of us, a couple of times a day.
Ways of grounding are varied and are mostly connected with touching the earth in some way. Walking barefoot on the earth. Sleeping or camping outside. Sitting under a tree. Other ways to ground can be through meditation, visualising cords tying you to a boulder at the center of the earth. Visualising sitting against a tree and feelings roots drawing you all the way down into the earth. Using your breath can also focus you, just spend a couple of minutes breathing slow deep breaths.
Any situation will benefit from you doing any one of these simple exercises. Pick one to do now just to feel its benefits.
Take a slow deep breath. Allow your body to relax in every fibre of your being. Take another slow deep breath and visualise a beautiful tree. Take a seat beneath it and rest your back against its trunk. Relax into the tree. Feel the energy of the tree pulling you down so you feel heavy where your sitting and your feet becoming heavy as you follow the energy right down to the deepest roots of the tree. Take a few slow deep breaths while you sit here until your whole system feels calm, relaxed and rejuvenated.