Part One: Grounding
There is little we can do for ourselves and others when we don’t feel grounded or don’t even know how to begin feeling grounded.
Feeling grounded, at its root, is the feeling of being in and inhabiting the body. When we feel grounded, we have a natural sense of safety and stability, and of being supported. Feeling grounded is also about place– the feeling of being able to put our roots deep into the earth and feel that we belong here.
When the mind is racing, the head can feel like a hot-air balloon, racing quickly into the clouds with no sense of connection to the body or the ground. This state can give rise to an excess of upward energy, like we feel in moments of anxiety and panic.
To feel more grounded, seek what is solid.
1. Eat. Solid, nutrient dense food is good medicine for feeling ungrounded. Make sure not to skip meals, keep protein snacks on hand, eat plenty of root vegetables, and reduce your caffeine intake.
2. Sit. Get down on the ground. Sitting or lying on the floor is a good way to feel your contact with the earth. If you sit in a chair, press your feet firmly into the floor and, if possible, your back into the chair or wall behind you. If you lie on the ground, focus on feeling all of the parts of your body that are touching the ground.
3. Breathe. Focus on the exhales. Exhales have a natural downward moving energy. As we exhale, we release energy that is not needed and we also send a line of energy straight downward. Imagine this exhale moving down through your legs and feet into the earth and rooting you there.
Try these few simple tips for staying grounded this month and let me know how they work for you!