The practice of grounding ourselves is about ensuring that our energy is connected to the earth, that it is anchored and providing us with a steady base. This may be something that we feel is done naturally as part of our daily routines, but unfortunately this is not the case.
When we carry on with our busy lives, rushing here and there, with our mind full of thoughts of what we must do and what is the next thing that we will rush into, we are at the behest of our ego mind. The ego is where our everyday thoughts reside, as well as where our self-protection tendencies are also stored. The ego is an essential part of our nature, but it is the one thing that can also create disassociation with our true selves- the physical and spiritual being that we are. When we become disassociated, we become ungrounded.
We know what it feels like to be ungrounded. It is the short breaths that we take, that do not go further than our chest area. It is the low-level sense of panic that is our constant companion. It is the feelings of being overwhelmed. It is the restlessness and poor sleeping patterns that develop. And it is the constant tiredness that we feel, even after a good nights rest. This is because stress and anxiety naturally increase when we are ungrounded. So you can see the benefits of practicing this regularly to help you.
The best image that you can think of to help you, is a tree. A tree grows forever upward and outward. Always reaching for the sky to express its best and most beautiful self. Yet a tree knows that is can only continue growing and reaching from a strong firm base. Its roots grow at a similar rate to its upper branches, reaching further and further down and across to support itself.
We can learn to be like the tree and ground ourselves through some simple practices. If you are a regular meditator, you will already be doing many of these. Here’s one technique ( out of many) that might help you.
A simple practice to anchor your energy
- Before leaving the house in the morning, stand up in bare feet in a quiet space you will not be disturbed. Make sure your spine is straight, your shoulders are relaxed and your head feels like it is floating above your shoulder.
- Take a few centering breaths and when you feel calm, bring your attention to the soles of your feet.
- Imagine a warm energy moving down from your heart to the soles of your feet.
- Feel the strong connection that the soles of your feet are making with the gound.
- Now start to imagine that warm energy travelling though your feet, down into the floor.
- Imagine it going deeper and deeper into the ground, travelling all the way down to the centre of the earth.
- When you are fully rooted in the moment, set an intention to be grounded for the rest of the day. Say to yourself ‘I am anchored in the present moment and will remain so throughout the day.’
At the end of the day, make a note of any changes you felt as a result of the grounding exercise. Repeat daily. Enjoy.