We all know what it feels like to have our head in the clouds. Sometimes it can be stormy, our heads filled with anxious, racing thoughts; or perhaps you feel high on life, spinning in the dizzying heights of new dreams and ambitions that you wish to manifest.
Either way, our heads can’t stay in the clouds forever. In fact, to diminish negative thought patterns and to allow new, exciting adventures to pour into our lives, we first need to get our feet firmly on the ground. So, what does it mean to be grounded?
When you are ungrounded, you may feel anxious, tired, on edge and as if you are pushing against the flow of life. Everything you are trying to achieve may not be going your way, and you may feel as if you are hitting your head against a brick wall. On the other hand, when you are grounded you can expect to experience feelings of happiness, contentment, relaxation and be able to see and approach situations calmly and with clarity.
Furthermore, it has been found that grounding can have many health benefits. Studies have found that:
‘Grounding appears to improve sleep, normalize the day–night cortisol rhythm, reduce pain, reduce stress, shift the autonomic nervous system from sympathetic toward parasympathetic activation, increase heart rate variability, speed wound healing, and reduce blood viscosity.’ Journal of Environmental and Public Health.
So, how can we get grounded? Try this 30 second exercise you bring yourself back down to earth…
To start simply stand, bare feet, with both feet firmly planted on the floor, arms relaxed by your side. Close your eyes and imagine big, chunky tree roots growing out of the soles of your feet and into the earth below. Then, imagine these same roots growing out of your fingers and pulling you down towards the earth’s core. At the centre of the Earth, imagine a ruby red crystal, the melting, molten core pulling your body down into the ground, cradling you with its glowing warmth. Feel the pull from your fingertips, and you feet, grounding you in the here and now. You may feel a tingling sensation in your hands and feet. Try this exercise for thirty seconds at first, or longer if you wish.
When you are ready to return to your day, begin to wiggle your fingers and toes, before gently opening your eyes. How do you feel?
This technique is easy to incorporate into day to day life, and works especially well when you may feel yourself getting stressed or anxious. It is quick and simple; within thirty seconds you can bring yourself back to a much more rational mind set. You may also notice its immense physiological effects on the body, instantly slowing down a racing heart rate and giving you back your breath. So, what are you waiting for? Let your worries fall away. Grow roots, grow strong.
By Jadine Hocking for ‘Go Meditate.’
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