Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Grounding is a complex phenomena that cannot be described all that easily.  However, most people know of others who they consider well-grounded.  These people are often realistic, practical, organized, present when you speak with them.

Being grounded means that you're present in your body and connected with the earth, allowing you to feel centered and balanced no matter what's going on around you.

Grounding yourself is a way to build a relationship with Earth. Grounding means to make a conscious connection between your self and the source of your life force energy. Your job, relationship and home are not your true source of life force energy.

If you aren't grounded, you're like a leaf in the wind: very vulnerable and thrown off balance very quickly. But when you are well grounded, you are like a big, strong tree.

Grounding and centering has much to do with understanding your limits and boundaries.

There are many ways to ground yourself.

Care very well for your body.  Be sure to go to bed by 9 PM every night, or at least most nights. If possible, spend some time out of doors each day, near the earth, preferably in a rural, quiet setting.  Also, try to spend time alone every day, and not on the telephone, but just with yourself.  If possible, focus attention on the earth, not the scenery or intellectual conversation or thoughts.

Any physical activity (sports, walking, dancing, gardening, etc.) will automatically ground you. Walking slowly and deliberately is very helpful for centering and grounding.  Think about your feet as you walk and send your energy into the earth with each slow, deliberate step.

Eat quality food and maintain healthful eating habits.  Eat simple, regular meals at regular intervals, sitting down quietly when you eat and staying put for at least a few minutes after eating to allow digestion to begin.

Besides eating healthfully, other aspects of life can often be simplified.  This does not mean sitting around the house doing nothing.  Quite the opposite is true.  Most successful, busy people have mastered simplicity in their lives.  This makes room to accomplish all that they do.  Simplicity means slowing down, avoiding distractions, and mainly letting go of people, things and activities that either upset you or just waste your time.

Grounding and centering, in part, refer to the quality and health of the first chakra of the body.  This subtle energy center is sometimes also called the root chakra.  It is located just above the perineum, which is the area between the rectum and the genital organs.  A person who is grounded and usually one who is centered has this chakra at least partially active or open.  Those who are not grounded often have this energy center less developed. 

You can also use meditation to ground yourself. Just focus your attention on your body. Start at your crown and move downward with your attention, feeling every part of your body.
Then imagine an energetic connection (a chord, a tube, or the roots of a tree) coming out of your feet, into the earth. Also visualize such a connection between your base chakra at the base of your spine and the earth, and allow these connections to go deeply into the Earth.

These are effective ways to help you ground yourself and feel more centered, strong and balanced throughout your day.

Affirmation for the Root Chakra: I am safe in the world around me. I belong in this world, and am a part of Gaia (mother-earth). I am at peace with my surroundings, with the people and the events that occur.

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