Are you grounded?
Updated: Dec 5, 2018
Have you ever met that person who always seems calm, cool and collected, even in the midst of chaos? Almost like they are at the beach, in the sun, even as it seems the world is falling apart around them? It's more than likely that that person is experiencing the benefits of being energetically "Grounded."
What is grounding?
Grounding is the technique of tapping into the resources of Mother Earth energy, or "ground energy."
While there is masculine light energy that can be accessed from above which assists our spiritual evolution, the subtle, rooted intuition and wisdom of feminine energy resides below us. Her resources are vast, and she is continually offering feelings of peace and healing.
When there is an energy of anxiety, unrest, impatience, or flightiness in one of my clients, I often check this energy first. When the feelings of "ungrounded-ness" are addressed, I've seen immediate and almost dramatic shifts: anxiety goes down, and feelings of calmness and joy increase. I can also often see the changes in their physiology: regular breathing patterns are restored, tense shoulders slacken, and the muscles relax. Emotionally, clients describe feeling more confident, and a feeling of safety begins to take over. This is a powerful energy!
Which begs the question:
Why do people become ungrounded in the first place?
A few of the triggers that I've seen that cause a loss of grounding:
Stress: When we are stressed, we forget to 'stop and smell the roses.' Over time, whatever is causing the stress can become an obsession for the mind. We can then lose time and even an awareness of our surroundings.
Hunger: Without ingesting the resources of the Earth, we can begin to lose our touch with her.
Distractions: While television, cell phone games and laptops are fun, it can be easy to get caught up in the digital world. It's all enjoyable in moderation, but if we begin using them as tools to disconnect from the body, we will eventually start to feel the effects of the loss of that energy.
Not wanting to be on earth: This doesn't always show up as a suicidal emotion, though it can be. It's actually quite a common emotion to just not want "to be here." This is an emotion with a lot of oomph. If you are finding yourself thinking this way, I would be willing to bet that your energy is also keeping that connection to earth experience and reality at a distance.
How do we ground ourselves?
Luckily, there are numerous techniques for grounding that all can be very effective.
Visualization: Pretend that there are roots growing from the bottom of your feet. Let them continue to grow deeper and wider until they touch the center of the earth. This tool is simple, but very effective.
Sound: Listening to low, drawn out musical tones can quiet our senses. Tibetan bowls are a great resource for these. Recordings of them can be found online.
Get outside: Standing barefoot outside, taking a hike, or spending time around nature is a great way to get grounded again.
Breathing: Breathing slowly while paying close attention to the sounds and sensation can calm the mind and help bring the spirit back into reality.
Taking inventory of senses: When I have a client who is starting to "float away," I'll often have them start naming objects in the room along with colors, and sensations. This is a quick way to help the wandering spirit find its way back to the body.
Meditation: There are some great grounding meditations on youtube that are free, and are great quality. There are different lengths, so if you only have a few minutes to spare, you can still benefit.
Whatever method you choose to find your grounding again, I would recommend making it a regular practice to keep yourself attached to this incredible energy and start experiencing the benefits for yourself.