Grounding for physical, mental, and emotional balance is more important than ever before, as we are spending more time on electronic devices and inside, away from nature.
We pick up on the energy of the collective, and it can be most challenging in these unprecedented times.
When you feel present in your body, centered, connected to the earth: you are grounded.
Ground when you are:
- driven by excess emotions (worried/anxious/afraid),
- foggy, unable to think clearly or focus,
- in the middle of a chaotic situation,
- dealing with scattered, negative, stressed people,
- indecisive, cannot rely on your own inner guidance and wisdom,
- trying to strengthen your intuition (surprising, but true!)
Here are some ways how to get more centered.
Walking barefoot or sitting on earth (not asphalt) calms and balances the nervous system moreover negatively charged electrons from the earth transfer into the body and neutralize positively charged free radicals that can cause disease.
Earthing is also effective against harmful EMF and radiation waves from electronic devices.
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Pottery and gardening
Pottery can be a form of art therapy.
Having clay in your hands or digging for it by hand when processing it for pottery is calming, because of the grounding vibrations of the earth.
Nurturing plants is amazingly fulfilling on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level as well. Not only it is a gentle way of exercise, but it is relaxing, and helps us regain our peace of mind as we tend to each task. While gardening, we can understand how we are part of a larger system.
Trees are strong, vibrant healers with the ability to transform our negative energy.
They emit phytoncides, that we breathe in or take in through our skin. By going into the bloodstream, these activate cells that kill infections and tumors.
Trees are magical systems: they absorb earth and heaven energies and transform them into food.
Various trees have different frequencies.
Hugging or sitting with your spine against a tree helps you relax, and become happier, as your oxytocin (a hormone produced during emotional bonding) serotonin and dopamine (the happiness hormones) levels increase.
No wonder tree hugging was a healing method in ancient cultures.
First, ask the tree’s permission, and thank it for enjoying its energy. Feel as the energy of the tree and yours touch and feel the flow between the two of you.
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Certain foods can help with grounding. These are: root vegetables (carrots, beets, radishes, garlic, ginger, parsnips, pumpkins, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, potatoes), mushrooms, nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains, fermented foods, oats.
Meditation, visualization, chakra balancing
Focusing on your breathing and/or certain parts of your body, scanning your body can aid your anchoring yourself in the present moment.
Visualizing roots growing down from your root chakra (at the base of the spine) into the core of the earth is a simple, yet powerful way to feel grounded.
Directing your attention to the soles of your feet can keep the mind from wandering. As our soles are the closest to the ground, focusing on them helps us being present. You can do this exercise sitting/standing/lying down. First, direct your attention to the sole of your left foot, then your right foot, then both. Do each for 2 minutes. Imagine yourself stable, rooted into the earth firmly.
Chakra balancing will improve your well-being and overall health, your outlook on life, the ability to control your emotions and heal from various issues.
EFT tapping brings you back to your body and balances your energy. By tapping on certain meridian points, you can release blocked energy, so pain, distress.
Moving your body
Moderate exercise, dancing, jogging, running, tai-chi, qigong, yoga, walking in nature can remove stuck energy from the body and ground you.
Facing the issues
Not sweeping issues under the rug but dealing with them yourself or with a healer/therapist if needed.
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We must remember that shallow breathing is not good for health.
Observing your breath immediately brings you back to the present moment, connects mind and body.
Practicing conscious breathing improves attention and soothes overwhelming emotions. There are various breathing exercises for relaxation or for boosting energy.
A simple one: Breathe in for 5 counts, then breathe out for 5 counts.
To calm yourself down: Inhale for a count of 4, hold the breath for the count of 4, exhale for a count of 4, wait for a count of 4, repeat the cycle.
(As CO2 builds up in the blood, it stimulates the vagus nerve to bring on calmness.)
Gratitude, prayer practice
It is proven that people who practice gratitude feel more balanced, optimistic, are happier, more compassionate, and have a stronger immune system.
After waking up or going to sleep are perfect times to reflect and give thanks for things, experiences, and people as gifts from the universe.
Smile from the inside, smile with your whole body as you are doing this.
Writing a gratitude journal is an immune booster, as it helps you zoom on the positive things.
Expressing your gratitude to other people will improve your relationships.
Writing a journal is a fantastic way of self-reflection. It gives you time to process and release pent up emotional energy, so alleviates stress; enhances your writing skills and creativity. It is effective for goal setting and reviewing short- and long-term goals, and for brainstorming ideas.
Covering the top of your head
Putting one hand on your Crown Chakra (with closed eyes if you want) will bring you back to earth right away.
Placing crystals on or near your body, wearing them as jewelry, holding them is beneficial to align with earth energy.
It is a good idea to research their properties and to meditate with them, and tune into their message for you.
Besides tiger’s eye, smoky quartz, jasper, malachite, iron-containing ones, like pyrite, hematite, black tourmaline are the best for grounding, because there is iron in our blood and planet Earth has an iron crystal in the middle of it.
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Applying essential oils
Do your research and dive into the exciting topic of what essential oils can do for you.
Here are a few examples.
- Inner peace: angelica,
- Stability, security: frankincense,
- Relaxing and clear thoughts: patchouli,
- Emotional grounding: vetiver,
- Grounded body and strong mind: balsam fir,
- Feeling connected and powerful: cedarwood,
- Emotional balance: clary sage,
- Self-confidence: ginger,
- Grounding physical and spiritual energies: myrrh.
The human touch lowers stress (as it decreases blood pressure and heart rate), stimulates feel-good chemicals, boosts immunity, triggers positive thinking, promotes feeling connected, safe, and accepted.
(Caressing a pet also counts!)
Only seemingly ascetic, taking a cold shower is a sure way of ripping yourself out of autopilot mode and jumping into a flesh-and-blood-in-the-moment experience. You just need to get used to it…
On the first day, make the water cold for the last 30 seconds of your shower time. Gradually increase cold water time.
(Do NOT do it if you have a heart condition or your blood pressure is high.)
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Being near/in water
You can visualize washing yourself with the energy of the body of water you are at.
Taking a salt bath for at least 20 minutes and visualizing being cleansed and balanced works wonders.
Bringing nature in and applying Feng Shui principles
Bringing in plants and flowers; utilizing natural materials, patterns, and colors; adding texture and earthy things (gemstones, crystals); inviting in more light will enhance your interior and support your well-being in healthy ways.
Strengthening the earth element in your space (in the appropriate Bagua location) will make you feel more stable and peaceful. Use ceramics, bricks, tiles; landscapes with field/desert; square, cube, rectangular shapes; flat surfaces; earth, yellow, gold tones.
Empower yourself for harmony, vitality, and abundance.
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Julianna Kocsis is a Feng Shui Specialist, Organizational Expert, Intuitive Vibrational Catalyst, Textile Design Archivist. She is also the founder of Talila Consulting. Bringing Order and Harmony to your Home, Work and Life.