Grounding is a concept that can be difficult to understand. You have experienced moments of it but would not have labelled it as such. Do you remember a time when you came upon a beautiful scene in nature that took your breath away? Or that time you were so engrossed in a project that time just seemed to stand still. For that moment nothing else mattered or existed except you and that moment. You were in “flow” state. Everything was perfect just as it was. There was no judgement, no commentary in the mind, no limiting beliefs sabotaging your progress. Awareness of the outside world disappeared as you experienced and totally accepted this moment in all its perfection. For me this is what feeling grounded looks like and for the purpose of this article, this is the context I refer to.
Grounding orients us in time and space. When you are not grounded you get battered and bruised by life, confused by all the external stimuli coming at you. To help understand this concept, imagine a buoy in the ocean. You know instinctively when you see it that it is securely anchored to the ocean bed. No matter what the weather, it does not move. It is securely connected to the earth below and is bound to this position. Now imagine the buoy has broken away from its anchor on the sea bed. What a different story as it’s battered and bruised by the force of the winds, the rains and the storms. Without an anchor it drifts aimlessly on the ocean and has lost control of its center and purpose.
You are a victim to life and fear is your constant companion
This is exactly what living an ungrounded life looks like. You go through life aimlessly, being controlled by all those around you and your external environment, believing that you have no power to influence your destiny. Your life is dictated by the opinions of others and external circumstances seem to be the driving force behind your decisions and actions. You are a victim to life and fear is your constant companion. You feel insecure and unsafe most of the time. You come to the conclusion that you have nothing worthwhile to contribute and hand all your power over to negative experiences, toxic relationships and leave everything to chance. Why bother when you know how insignificant you are and nothing you do matters.
When you are grounded, you have a strong sense of Self, secure in the belief that you can handle anything life throws at you
In contrast when you are fully grounded in your life, and have a strong connection to your body, the earth and your true Self. Your life is not affected by the actions of others or by the wider environment within which you live. You have a strong sense of Self, secure in your own ability to handle whatever life throws at you. You have worked hard to determine the code you live your life by and are not affected by the opinion of others. You are a strong, confident, self-regulated individual who has a strong moral compass and will always come back to your own truth when faced with difficult situations. You do not need others to validate your right to be on this earth and you experience a sense of peace and joy in living. Your life has true meaning and purpose and everything you do feeds into those values you have created for yourself.
If grounding is something you already have mastered, amazing. However, if the image of the unconnected buoy resonates with your experience of life, take note. Totally accept your current reality and see it for what it is. You are the creator of your own destiny but it can only be built from your current reality.
Start the winds of change now in this moment and take your power back from others, from circumstances and from your past. Strengthen your connection to the earth and to your body. Grounding is the foundation for life. It helps to stop the struggle, the suffering and allows you to be here in this moment, totally relaxed and accepting of what is. In the Buddhist philosophy natural creative energy flows through all living things and once you can ground this energy into the present moment, you can create your life of purpose and wisdom.
Be here now
Grounding helps you to see things as they are rather than how you think they are. It takes you out of your head and makes you conscious of the emotions and feelings in your body. It takes you into the present moment, the most ideal place from which you create a better future. You stop suffering the mistakes of the past and worrying about the calamities of the future. You begin to trust in your own genius and stop needing the approval of others. When fear shows up you use it to fuel your journey rather than allow it to stop you in your tracks. You become a force of nature and now have this solid foundation from which to launch a life worth living, a life you can be proud of and one in which you leave a footprint for others to follow.
The question is how do you become grounded? What steps do you need to take to create this solid foundation and orient yourself for success? I have below 5 steps you can take today to ground your energy in this moment and strengthen your connection to your body and to Mother Earth.
Take your first step today to strengthen your connection to your body
Practice these daily habits for seven days and notice the difference in your creativity, productivity, your emotions and your sense of wellbeing. This is the beginning of the new you so say goodbye to stagnation, anxiety, overwhelm and lack of focus. Take your first step today to strengthen your connection to your body. Step into your power, your potential, and begin to uncover the extraordinary truth that lies within.
With love & gratitude,