You can literally be grounded, by walking on earth/grass/sand. And I love to do this as much as I can. When on my Vision Quest, without food, if I felt spacey, I was told to lie tummy down on the floor, to get back in touch with me.
Being grounded means being present and at peace in your own skin. Making sure you focus on the now. Paying attention to what is going on around you, and within you. When I’m in nature this is noticing the trees, flowers, the air on my skin, the sun in the sky. I like to touch the trunk of a tree, and to feel this energy within me.
I consciously ground myself before a client session and before I study. I close my eyes, focus on my breathing and make sure I’m centred and in the moment. I then imagine I’m putting down roots – they don’t have to be thick, even a thin root can break a rock. Using my imagination to see these roots is a good way of being centred.
Being grounded means I’m less likely to be affected by other people’s behaviour. Whether someone cuts me up as I drive, pushes in front of me in a queue, says something cutting, it doesn’t affect me. I let it go. It’s about them, it is not about me.
HOW TO BE GROUNDED
- Pay attention to your breath. Close you eyes and notice your breathing, notice it coming in and out. Feel the air as it moves through your body. It can help to breathe in for a count of 10 and then out for a count of 10. Do this several times and feel your body slow.
- Imagine you have roots and feel them growing from your feet into the earth. With strong roots even when there is a storm, the tree will stay firm.
- Listen what can you hear.
- Open your eyes and notice what you can see around you.
For some people it may help to repeat a mantra
- I am grounded
- I am centred and I am strong
- The energy of the earth flows through me
- I am protected and I am safe
- I am grounded