The first step in taking care of ourselves and our energetic system is to ground. How? Take responsibility for our vibration (thoughts, feelings and emotions) and tune into a higher vibration to influence the actions, behaviours and choices we make.
Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. ~ Buddha
Higher frequencies give out vibrations of peace, acceptance, creativity, joy and love. Everything is energy including us. Energy is the source of our cells, bodies, health, and emotions including every fragment that makes up the Universe. So it makes sense to focus on the quality of our energy. Individually and collectively we can affect change in our life and our world.
Ever feel scattered? Forgetful? As if your thoughts and feelings were taking control? Or scared and don’t know why. Many experiencing trauma struggle with either feeling too much or feeling very little or nothing at all.
It can feel impossible to get grounded bringing yourself back into the present moment… being stuck in the past or frozen in the future. These are distinct signs that you are not grounded.
What is Grounding
Grounding is a practice to centre and detach from emotional pain, learning to stay present and be in your body. For some to be grounded and present in their body is a totally new experience. It works by focusing on the external world instead of solely on your inner landscape.
When you’re ungrounded you don’t remember that emotional pain is merely a feeling… it is not who you are.
Signs of being Ungrounded
Ungrounded people tend to talk a lot. Their head is bursting with over charged energy that must be discharged. This overcharged energy can lead to anxiety and tension and the individual needs to find release. It immediately signals being ungrounded, when you are in your head and not your heart. Other signs:
- Feeling spacey or light headed. Easily physically or emotionally drained
- Lack focus, annoyed or easily affected by those around you
- Feeling unsafe, anxiety, fear are signs of not being grounded and connected
- Absorbing energy, emotions, moods of others and feeling them as if they were your own
- Being vulnerable to lower or unwanted energies
- Feeling nauseous before, during or after meditation, spiritual or energy work
How Do I Know if I am Grounded
To be grounded is to be energetically centred and sustained. You have access to your core, your wholeness and your discernment.
Think of a tree with a strong root system below giving a strong foundation to work from and the ability to spread your physical branches etherically outwards. A tree is strong and centred at its core and has flexibility to move when a strong wind blows and still maintains its footing.
A grounded person simply shows up.
Focus on the present. Not the past or the future.
Stay neutral. Steer clear of any judgments. Instead of saying it’s a rainy day and that’s making me feel sad and depressed… simply state it’s a rainy day and move on.
Not the time to focus on negative feelings. Now it’s to distract from negative feelings not getting deeper in touch with them.
In grounding you reclaim ownership over your energy. When grounded we involve and engage both our physical body and our energy systems allowing self-awareness, becoming calm and embodied. A person achieves psychological health when not living in the past or fantasizing about the future.
A grounded state involves and engages both our body and energy system allowing present time awareness.
Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.
~ Buddha ~
We are all unique. Different techniques will work for different people. Explore and find what works for you.
- Orient and internally describe your environment in detail. The more of your senses you involve the deeper the grounding. You can do this anywhere.
- Safe statements: My name is __, I am safe right now and I am in the present.
- Count to 10 or say the alphabet.
- Carry a grounding object in your pocket. E.g., a rock or stone that you touch when feeling triggered or overwhelmed.
- Run water over your hands
- Make eye contact with a person who calms you down
- Focus on your breath. Noticing each breath in and breath out. Repeat a pleasant word on each inhale (e.g., safe, calm, something soothing to you)
- Remember a safe place. Describe a place that you find calm and peaceful. Could be the mountains, beach, a cottage by the lake or a forest. Using all senses to bring the sounds, smells, shapes, colours…
- Coping statement: I can handle this, this feeling will pass
- Picture people or animals you care about.
“Let go of the idea that the path will lead you to your goal. The truth is that with each step we take, we arrive. Repeat that to yourself every morning: ‘I’ve arrived.’ That way you’ll find it much easier to stay in touch with each second of your day.”
~ Paulo Coelho ~
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Shamanic Healer | Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution | Energy Medicine Specialist | Intuitive Consultant | Family Constellation Therapist | Mindfulness Practices