When we are grounded we feel life flows effortlessly. We are efficient, even-tempered and easily draw on our skills and talents.
Grounding is something that comes up in kinesiology sessions, often when a client has been ungrounded for so long it seems normal to them. Unfortunately they don’t have access to the feelings and flow described above. Luckily, we are in a position to identify and correct grounding imbalances!
So what does being ungrounded look like?
Take the self-check quiz below and tick each one that applies.
Those days when nothing seems to go right and you haven’t even left home yet.
Problems with concentration – whether on conversation, TV, reading/film, or even thinking straight.
Clumsiness, bumping into things
Missing appointments, misplacing or losing things.
Feeling out of place, easily upset, or in a daze.
Feeling you are going in circle, or having to redo tasks again and again because you can’t seem to get it right to begin with.
If you recognise 3 or more of the above symptoms it is very likely you need grounding, keep reading!
How do we become ungrounded?
We become ungrounded when life experiences, events, emotions impact our energy and make us feel uncomfortable or worse (this can even be caused by uncomfortable positive experiences). When our bodies become an uncomfortable place to be our natural alignment is disrupted and we become ungrounded.
If you are interested in the scientific aspect of this phenomenon, the US National Institutes of Health published a paper, Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons, providing evidence for what we already know. Exposure to nature is good for us and it is good for our health.
Grounding for balance
Remember the last time you walked or played in nature. Recall the joy of soaking in the sights, smells and sounds of the natural landscape? While walking barefoot in nature is the most effective method of recharging ourselves, even being exposed to trees and natural landscape gladdens the heart. Nature is a natural healer. We aren’t meant to live and work indoors away from exposure to Earth’s primordial flow of electrons. This exposure, especially when barefoot, is one of the strongest ways to recharge our batteries but there are a few different ways to achieve being grounded.
10 Tips to becoming grounded
1. Walk barefoot on the earth, sand, in the water.
2. Sit with bare feet on the ground/lawn.
3. Lie on the ground.
4. Swim in the ocean.
5. Hug a tree. Breathe. Really!
6. Sit. Place grounding stones such as tourmaline or hematite* OR use 4 or 5 seashells (fresh not purchased) under your bare feet. Relax.
7. Use grounding essential oils - Spruce, Rosewood, Cinnamon, Sage, Clove, Coriander, Lavender, Patchouli, Chamomile, Sandalwood. Put 3 drops of the oil that appeals most to you in an essential oil diffuser and enjoy.
8. Wear a piece of garnet, hematite, kyanite, tourmaline or smokey quartz if you tend to become ungrounded easily or if you have been ungrounded for quite some time. (Remember to cleanse your stone before using – see my earlier Crystal Therapy post.)
9. Enjoy a long soak in a warm bath with a cup of sea salt or Epsom salt added to it.
10. Get support from a reputable energy practitioner.
Grounding is the first step in our healing journey. When we correct this imbalance we prepare ourselves to be ready to deal with whatever it was that caused the imbalance in the first place.