Type in the word "grounding' into the google search box, and Wikipedia brings up a "discipline technique." You know- how our parents reprimanded us, not how we control ourselves.
Being grounded by another means a restrictions in the things we are ALLOWED to do. Being grounded in ourselves means being in CONTROL of your own energy. Grounding oneself isn't a restriction, its a focus. A focus on you and your goals and where you stand in this world. It could mean grounding yourself in moment, whether that means truly showing up for someone else or setting your intentions in a situation, or it could mean a larger picture, in which you allow yourself to be present in your every day life.
I'm a big believer in energy work. We are all creatures of energy and we call absorb and release it into the universe around us. Being grounded is a spiritual way of being - connecting your energy to the Earth and being present in your body. As a person who is highly sensitive and receptive - I won't go as far as empathic, because I am not there yet- I often find it difficult to ground myself. This is something the energy workers I have dealt with have mentioned to me time and time again.
I'll be going into chakras in this next paragraph. If this feels comfortable for you, please to follow along. If not, you are welcome to skip down to the next section.
Your root chakra is your source of grounding. In order to feel grounded, its important to balance all chakras. According to www.chakras.info, "The root chakra is the first chakra. Its energy is based on the earth element. It’s associated with the feeling of safety and grounding. It’s at the base of the chakra system and lays the foundation for expansion in your life." Located at the base of the spine, the root chakra controls our safety and security, both in our lives and in daily situations. Grounding yourself helps stabilize any fears we have in ourselves that stem from basic needs and physical identity.
"The root chakra is where we ground ourselves into the earth and anchor our energy into the world."
So, how do we balance our root chakra? More importantly - how do we ground ourselves even when our chakra isn't balanced?
There are many options we can utilize. My favorite is meditation. I tend to favor Joe Tracey's mediations on YouTube. (Find my favorite meditation from him below). You can listen to a guided meditation, listen to music, or simply sit in silence. Mediation can be ten seconds, ten minutes, or ten hours- whatever you feel called to. Sometimes a quick meditation to ground you in a situation you find yourself loosing control in, or having the need to center in (which I often do before a massage session ). Other times, a meditation is deeper than that. You want true, long term changes. Take the time to ground yourself through meditation.
I find that self care really does wonders. Life gets crazy, but we must find time to take care of our deeper needs. Carve out you-time. Really focus on your needs. Self-care is learned, purposeful and continuous. In philosophy, self-care refers to the care and cultivation of self in a comprehensive sense, focusing in particular on the soul and the knowledge of self. What feeds the root chakra is to develop self care that goes beyond the essential needs of life i.e., food, water, air, basic bodily functions. Yoga is an excellent practice of self care, self centering, and root chakra balance. Monitor your self care techniques. See what works, what doesn't. How each activity makes you feel and maybe even the development of your self care.
Another excellent grounding technique is getting out in nature. This can be a form of self care in itself. Walk barefoot in the sand or dirt. Get on your hands and knees and tend to your plants. The Earth itself holds energy that increases our health. If you have no way of gardening or planting your feet in the Earth, go to your local garden center and feel the energy.I have two favorite places in Richmond - Maymont, which combines the beauty of history and the gentleness of nature, and Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, with 50 themed gardens. Find your outdoor oasis- it will not only ground you, but be beneficial to your overall health.
Check in with yourself often. You only get this body in this lifetime. Take care of it well. Don't be afraid to focus on the things that you are afraid of - this is how we grow. Read articles that talk to your soul. Don't be afraid to do self development exercises. Life is more than just the basic needs - seize the opportunities - and than go help those who don't have them. To change the world, you must start with yourself. Focus on the small moments. Connect with your spirit. Every day and every step is an improvement to a better you.
Below is my favorite Joe Tracey video, although it is not a grounding video. Go to his YouTube channel to find more of his guided mediations.