Grounding is an important part to our spiritual development. It can keep us centered, stabilize us emotionally, and help us maintain balance within.
If you are ungrounded it is likely your thoughts are scattered all over the place. You may also experience feelings of being disconnected. Being ungrounded can cause restlessness, fatigue, anxiousness, and you may also feel overwhelmed. If you feel that carrying out a particular task is hard for you, it is time for some grounding.
I say this with a light heart because I know personally if you are delving into spiritual practice that you are wanting to keep your head up in those clouds. It feels good to be ‘out of your mind’, sometimes. Meditation is likely feeding your soul and freeing you all at the same time. I get it.
Though the reality is sometimes there is too much of a good thing. If you're falling asleep during those meditations and forgetting your son at basketball practice; it's time to reel it in a bit. We ground to be present in our physical body and world.
We need to seek some middle ground for ourselves. Give ourselves the time to practice spiritual awareness and then bring it back down to the physical world. Just not so much so that you are obsessing over what others think of you and lose sight of your intuition.
Okay! How do I get grounded, already?
Take a Walk — Kick off your shoes if you can and head outside. Be one with the grass, sand, or earth below you. Feel the wind in your hair, hear the birds chirping, and touch those beautiful trees.
If you actually can’t take that walk because your boss is an ass or there is a significant weather advisory, you can visualize a walk. Simply see yourself getting up, walking outside, and kicking off your shoes. See yourself barefoot on the grass and absorb all the details of which surrounds you. Smell the fresh air, feel the wind on your face, hear the children’s laughter, and the animals talking to each other. Articulate each and every piece that you can in your mind. When you feel as if you have absorbed everything that you can, when you feel centered, come on back to the present with a few deep cleansing breaths.
Play the Music — Music can speak straight to the heart. Choose something with a calming and relaxing tone. Music if given the chance to can reduce blood pressure, keep us centered on the song itself, and out of our heads.
Try focusing in on just the one task of listening to the beautiful melodies in the present moment. You can also take it a step further by picking out just one instrument being played in the song to tune into. An example of this would be if there is a piano playing let yourself tune into the sound of the piano and let every other insturment just fade away; holding your concentration on only the piano.
Eat your Vegetables — Eat your vegetables. Especially, the rooted ones with the earthly colors. Hit your farmers markets for beets, carrots, garlic, ginger, pumpkins, radishes, turnips, and those delicious sweet potatoes. Roots anchor down these plants to the earth giving them life. We eat them in return for that very grounding and Lifeforce energy. Enjoy!
Breath Work — If you are feeling ungrounded try focusing in on your breath. Let everything else around you fade away, bring your attention, and awareness to your breath. Inhale slowly, bring your awareness to what that feels like as you take that deep breath in. How does it feel as the air moves into your mouth, nose, and fills your lungs? Now exhale, pay attention on your lungs letting go of that breath, take notice of your chest folding into your body as the air leaves you, and how that feels. Let your mind focus only on the act of pushing out the air and the feelings. Then repeat it all again but as you do it a second time relax the tension that is being held within your body. Let go of your days overtaking stress. Continue to observe each breath while allowing your body to relax and release all tensions. Repeat as long as needed.
Take a Swim — Water can be an excellent tool to ground your soul. Try floating in a pod, lake, or pool. Take time out for a nice relaxing bath. If you are doing intuitive work or mediumship work you can ground yourself between your readings by washing and rinsing your hands under some cool tap water.
Personally, one of my favorite ways to ground myself is with water. I could soak in a tub for hours. I also love using the shower to ground myself. I will stand under the cool water rinsing away anything that no longer serves me. Everything that I do not need goes down the drain as I wash and rinse it away. When I feel centered, cleared, and grounded I then turn the water temperature up. I visualize the sun above my head and its rays as the warm water coming down, filling me back up with its beautiful light energy. When I finish it is always the right boost that I needed to get myself feeling recharged.
Grounding keeps us ever present in the physical world. It is something that we all need wether or not we choose to partake in spiritual development. People who suffer from anxiety, trauma, or PTSD will want to learn grounding techniques as well. When we focus on the present our minds don’t get to run away with the memories and emotions that keep us from feeling safe.
Be sure to take the time to ground yourself daily for your overall well being.