Life can get very hectic sometimes. Little things can easily pile up and seem much bigger than they are, hormones become out of balance, and emotions can cloud the ability to think straight. In a world where focus is heavily placed on moving forward, it’s important to take a step back and remember to be here now.
Can you recall a time when you weren’t thinking? You were perfectly at peace with everything and focused on what you were doing in the moment? When we practice grounding, moments like these become less spontaneous and more continuous with day to day life. By allowing ourselves to feel grounded we release stress and anxiety about the future and trust in something much bigger than us. It allows us to accept what can’t be changed and focus energy on what will be of service.
There are many ways you can ground yourself into the present moment, such as meditation, yoga, or spending time out in nature. You may have your own hobbies that make you feel grounded like painting, exercise, cooking, reading, or playing an instrument. Maybe you don’t have an activity that puts you “in the zone,” and it’s time to do a little self-exploration.
Sometimes it feels like there isn’t enough time to partake in your favorite grounding activities. If you’re in a situation where you need a “quick fix,” try this:
Sit or stand upright with feet hip width apart, firmly placed on the floor. Relax your hands on your thighs or let your arms fall at your sides. With eyes closed, begin taking deep breaths, in through the nose and out through the nose or mouth. Imagine roots growing out from your feet and reaching down into the earth. With each exhale, let all of your negative and stagnant energy flow away with the roots into the earth. As you inhale, imagine a white light coming in from above, filling you with warmth, calm, and energy to continue your day. You could even develop a mantra to say to yourself such as “I am calm,” “I am at peace,” “I am safe,” or anything else that resonates with you in that moment. This exercise can go for as long as you please, from 1 minute to 30 minutes or more. It may feel odd at first, but with some practice it will become second nature to do in times when you need a little boost. You will start feeling benefits quickly, if not immediately.
I hope this article will help you as much as the practice has helped me. What is your favorite way to stay grounded? Please leave a comment below! I would love to hear from you.