Have you ever heard someone talk about being grounded? Are you grounded? Or is your energy drifting off like a helium balloon in the sky? What does it even mean to be grounded and why is it important?
Being grounded means you are present in your life, not obsessed with the past or future. It means your energy is planted firmly in your body instead of drifting off into airy-fairy land. Being grounded means you have stability, security, and control over your life. It means being ready to handle life’s challenges instead of burying your head in the sand and pretending they aren’t there. It means you are checked in instead of checked out.
Being grounded is important so you can face your life instead of running from it. And ironically, being properly grounded can help you reach higher spiritual frequencies. Think of it like tethering your energy here while the rest of you explores another frontier; it’s easy to find your way back if you are grounded.
So what do you do if you’re ungrounded? Here are five ways to ground yourself. You can do them all or pick the ones that resonate with you.
Moving your physical body reminds you that you have one. Instead of zoning out in front of the tv while a show transports your mind to a fantasy land, get up off the couch and get moving! Try dancing, aerobics, hip hop abs, weight lifting, or jogging through your neighborhood. Jump up and down a little, that will get things settled.
Walk on the Earth
Take off your shoes and walk on the Earth. Not the concrete. Find some actual Earth. Run through the grass, take a stroll along the sandy beach. I don’t recommend rock climbing without shoes though. ;) The Earth carries an energy that nourishes your energetic body. But when you wear shoes and walk on concrete you don’t get to absorb that energy. So get back to nature and let Mother Earth ground and restore your energy.
Sit quietly and imagine roots going from your feet deep into the core of the Earth. Plant yourself. The first time I tried this I wasn’t expecting much, but I was amazed at how this actually felt. Imagine your feet have grown roots, and like a beanstalk imagine the roots snaking their way down into the Earth. Go all the way to the core. This will completely ground you energetically.
Sit in hot water
A hot bath or a dip in the Jacuzzi isn’t just relaxing, it’s cleansing. Take a hot bath with some Epsom salts mixed into the water. Water is purifying. Sitting in a warm tub of water will slough off any negative energy that’s sticking to you. The shower is okay if you don’t have a tub, but while you’re in the shower, you want to imagine all the gunky energy peeling off your body and going down the drain. Sometimes other people’s energies can stick to us. You may come home from work with other people’s problems attached to you. Water will clear that right up.
Sit in Stillness
Be in the present moment. Sit in a chair or better yet, sit outside on the grass under a tree. Get quiet. Just look, just listen, just feel the air gliding around your body. Notice what you smell. Notice what you hear. Just absorb the present moment. Disallow your mind from wandering to the future or the past. Just be in the now. Notice that you are alright, that nothing bad is happening to you, and that you are totally at One with the world around you.
There are many ways to ground yourself. What is your favorite method?