Grounding is a word that is thrown around a lot these days. But do you really know what on earth it means? Well, that's exactly it. It's earthing. Connecting with the ground. Bringing ourselves back to earth and connecting with it. Spiritually, it means to energetically connect to the Earth's core and being grounded allows you to remain present.
Emotionally we've all had days where we feel almost out of body.
Where we feel scattered, unable to focus, indecisive and unable to hold a proper conversation. These are just some of the symptoms of being ungrounded.
Image from Auricfields Kinesiology "How Grounded are You"
If you are unfamiliar with grounding, when these symptoms appear you may put it down to lack of sleep, being out of sorts, too much stress or some other reason and just hope that it will go away. But as you'll see below, once you recognise the symptoms and have some awareness of your body and how you are feeling, there are some great tricks to help you reconnect and to incorporate into your daily routine to prevent becoming ungrounded in the first place.
It's not as hocus pocus as some cynics would have you believe
The earth, and its surface, is a huge well of negatively charged ions. As electrical beings full of protons, electrons and neutrons, we are greatly influenced by all that is around us. Constant exposure to modern technology, atmospheric pollutants and electromagnetic fields (we are all constantly exposed to Wifi for example) can cause a build up of our free radicals (positively charged ions) which results in being ungrounded.
We've all heard of free radicals right? We hear about it in marketing and promotions in regards to beauty products, health foods and vitamins & minerals - especially A, C, E and selenium. Free radicals, in regular amounts, are important to help fight bacteria and viruses in our bodies. But too many free radicals can cause premature ageing, inflammation and chronic disease such as heart disease and diabetes.
One way to balance the free radicals in our body is to have a healthy diet
full of these vitamins. Eating foods high in antioxidants, and eating a balanced diet. But there are other ways to balance yourself, to ground yourself too. Walking barefoot in the grass or on the sand. Connecting your bare feet and hands to the earth. Gardening, putting your hands into the soil. Hugging a tree works very well and is a great "quick fix" if you need to shoot out on your lunch break and get an immediate result. Trees are very grounded. If you think about it, their big roots connect them to the earth and hold them strong. Essential oils that come from trees or from roots are emotionally very grounding. For example Cypress, vetiver (which comes from the tap root), fir, these are three of the oils used in our Grounding Intention Oil for their effect on the emotions.
Another way, and one of my favourites, is the K1 point (Kidney 1 point). It is for calming the energy, taking energy out of the head. It is perfectly situated at the base of the ball of the foot, so that when you walk barefoot, you are in fact putting pressure on it and activating it with the earth beneath you. I give this a rub on both feet most days, usually at the start of the day. And each night as I get into bed, I rub the Grounding Intention Oil over this point. More techniques are listed below. You might also have something that works for you, I'd love to hear what it is!
Image courtesy of AcuTake
Techniques for grounding
- Walk barefoot
- Do some gardening - touch the earth with your hands and feet
- Hug a tree! A favourite one of mine!
- Swim in the ocean
- Have a magnesium bath or foot bath
- Carry our Grounding Intention Oil on you and rub over your K1 point at bedtime
- Connect back to you and do a favourite activity
- Be present
- Be out in nature
- Have regular body therapy work ie kinesiology, massage, acupuncture
Being grounded is all about being present, adding a couple of techniques into your daily/weekly routine will have a great impact on your wellbeing.
These are just some of my favourite techniques, I would love to hear what some of yours are.
In good health,