Do you ground yourself every day? Do you appreciate gravity and the way Earth supports you wherever you are? If you are not sure, read on to find out how to do it, and the benefits that come from using grounding in your every day to support your well-being.
It was not that long ago that I have learned about the notion of grounding. When I started practicing yoga, at the beginning of each class our teacher would remind us how important our core is. When your core is strong, and engaged, almost every yoga pose is balanced, and more easy to hold. When I practice Mountain pose, I stand tall, with a straight spine, and my feet shoulder width apart. I tone every muscle in my core, and legs and arms, and I imagine the soles of my feet becoming roots that go deep into Mother Earth, giving me stability and strength. I imagine being a magnificent mountain.
Most of us live too much in our heads when all we do is think, and then think some more. Our busy society is demanding that from us. But after a while, you start noticing glitches in the system, and darker moods cloud your sky. If this habitual “living in the head” is not taken care of, depression sets in. Everybody I know has experienced a certain degree of it sooner or later in their life. Not knowing how to ground yourself every day, and how to cultivate gratitude also brings more dark clouds over our head. We need to know how avoid getting depressed, and also to have some tricks available in case we get into that state by mistake.
Now let’s talk about grounding from a meditative perspective. It was in my shamanic training where I first learned about my center of gravity which is also called the Point of Power, or One Point. This point is located about 2″ below your navel. Becoming aware of this point is enough to shift your energy from outside to inside, to give you stability on your feet, and a feeling of being centered, and steady. It calms the mind, and emotions as well. I am still experimenting myself with being more in my One Point, every day. It amazes me how much more present I am in the moment. I am no longer riding the emotional roller coaster all the time. When something makes me too excited or something upsets me, I remember my One Point and shift my awareness there.
Emotions are great teachers in our life, but we also waste a lot of our energy by letting our emotions rule the game. Learning to control them is key in saving your energy for more important tasks you have in your life.
Grounding happens automatically every time you are walking bare feet, gardening, taking care of plants, sitting on the ground, camping, and generally being outdoors. If you happen to live in the city, the buildings, the concrete, the roads, with all our convenient ways, then you are probably feeling disconnected most of the time. Remember to take a walk in the park, and maybe hug a tree.
Every morning I start my day with a grounding exercise „Becoming a tree“:
- Take a sit on your favorite pillow, and rest your hands in your lap, but remember to keep your spine upright.
- Close your eyes, and observe your breath. Breath in, breath out.
- Take 10-15 breaths, until you find you are very relaxed.
- Now imagine you are becoming a tree, and you grow strong roots deep into the earth. Imagine your core becoming the trunk of this tree, feel the bark enveloping your body. Branches are reaching out to the sun and dancing in the sky with the wind.
- Notice the seasons going by, and the tree growing stronger.
- Thank your tree for helping you ground today.
- Count from 5-0 to bring yourself back to the here and now, and go on with your day.
If your day happens to get rushed and out of control, stop for a moment, close your eyes, breath deeply and remember your tree. Feel that connection again!