Jul 31 2012

7 Steps To Getting Grounded Today

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Being “grounded” has become somewhat of a buzz word these days, but what does that actually mean? Well, the actual definition of “grounded” according to the Miriam Webster dictionary means “mentally and emotionally stable; admirably sensible, realistic and unpretentious”. With our fast paced lifestyle and stress mounting upon us due to relationships, finances, job woes, care giving, etc., staying “emotionally and mentally stable” can be a challenge to say the least. This instability can lead to disconnect from our true nature and birth right to happiness.  Leading a life “realistic” and “sensible” is often not on our radar when stress is upon us. We end up living our lives unconsciously rather than deliberately.

Have you ever been driving and realized you lost 5 (or more) minutes of time as if on autopilot? You can be washing the dishes and thinking about your never-ending to-do list or you can simply fly off the handle at the smallest incident. Yup, those are all examples of being ungrounded. Your body and mind are playing for two different teams. Your body is physically present on the earth, but the mind is lost in space.   All our energy can get trapped in our heads without being connected to the physicality of being in our bodies.  This disassociation leads to reactions that are less than “admirable”.  If this describes you, don’t worry!  You are certainly not alone.

Life has so much more to offer us when we reverse the flow of energy that perpetually hangs out in our head.  Being grounded in our bodies puts us in the here and now. The present moment is the place where we are at any given time. That’s reality so why try to escape it? When we are grounded we can fully appreciate all that we are and have in life and feel less stressed and anxious about the greener grass on the other side of the fence. Being grounded in the here and now, allows all the thoughts and daydreams we have to actually manifest and become reality. Our connection to the earth provides the container for abundance freely flow to and from us. Without this container there is nothing to hold life’s gifts. The earth is always here for us offering her unrelenting support and nourishment so enjoy and soften into that space of safety and love.

Yes! You have managed to stay grounded enough to make it to the  7 Steps of Getting Grounded!

  1. Develop a loving relationship with your feet! Appreciate and show some gratitude for these body parts that connect us to the earth and take us where we need to go everyday.  Show your feet a little love with a massage with your favorite lotion or oil. Get a pedicure! Why do pedicures feel so good? Not because we know our feet will look pretty, but because loving out feet is grounding.
  2. Turn OFF the technology! Take a break and disconnect periodically from your emails, facebook, twitter and all that jazz. I’m not sure why it’s called “surfing the net”. That phrase implies some level of groundedness. Technology keeps is in our heads not in the here and now of our bodies. Disconnect to Reconnect.
  3. Stop, Drop and Breathe! Ok, not the drop part unless you really want to, but breathe. Connecting to and slowing down the rhythm of your breath is the quickest way to ground you in the present moment. Feel your breath come into to your body, graciously expanding your lungs and leaving your body taking with it anything that is not needed.
  4. Set a grounding affirmation. Using the power of affirmations can help you develop a more positive outlook on life and get you out of the negative self talk that traps us in our heads.  If you are going to “talk” to yourself you might as well have life-affirming thoughts. Here are some suggestions for grounding affirmations. The earth nourishes and provides for my needs. I am safe and loved. I trust in my body. I am grounded.
  5. Get some exercise- Walking,  dancing, yoga, tai chi and swimming are examples of how you can energize your feet and legs to feel more grounded and present in your body.
  6. Get Dirty. Literally touch the earth. Take off your shoes and walk barefoot in the grass, dirt, etc. Repot that plant your have been meaning to do or plant the herb garden that has been on your to-do list. Whatever it is, connect with the earth in its truest form.
  7. Be a Mountain. Mountain pose, the foundation of all standing yoga poses, is very grounding when done with intention. Plus, you can do mountain pose anywhere and not look like a crazy person…Warrior II in line at the grocery store? Maybe not…

Stand with your feet slightly apart and parallel to each other. Put your mind in your feet and their connection to the earth. Press all parts your feet equally into the earth (or your shoes). Allow the muscles of your legs to firm giving yourself a gentle hug. Draw energy up from the bottoms of your feet into your belly and send the energy back down into the earth. Breathe and stand firm in all that you are in this very moment.

In these times of the world moving so fast our feet barely get chance to find their ground I hope you find these tips helpful!

Peace to All!

Leigh Crowder MOTR/L, PYT-C

YoPro Therapy