Working with people over the past few years, I've noticed a dominant trend: lack of grounding. Discovering this trend got me thinking about grounding and how I learned to do it myself. I asked, What is grounding? Why is it important? and How can I help more people learn it?
Grounding is a term most often heard in conjunction with electricity in buildings and cars. However, the brain, heart, and nerves all function through chemically induced electrical currents.
Providing our bodies with proper care including nutrition, water, exercise, and sleep helps the electrical system function well. Kinesiology studies show that our thoughts and emotions also affect this system. With different stimuli, our thoughts can leave us feeling amazingly focused and strong or depressed and weak or even "spacey" and disconnected.
If we experience troublesome symptoms once in awhile, we can usually "shake it off." Sometimes we get into a rut... then it might be time for a little coaching to get back on track.
These are some of the benefits of grounding in my own experience:
1. Reduces stress and calms the mind - of course, stress happens. But, when you practice grounding, you're connecting with very supportive Earth energy. Tapping into this energy can help you offset challenging situations.
2. Increases ability to focus on tasks at hand - especially when feeling overwhelmed by several tasks at once.
3. Reduces vulnerability to external energies - not everything you feel belongs to YOU. Grounding helps to sort through that.
4. Improves sleep quality - when you can't seem to calm down even when you know you're tired and need sleep.
5. Improves ability to meditate - many try but give up quickly. Ground first, then try again - and use The Feather meditation below!
6. Calms anxiety - it's easy to find ourselves worrying over what could happen or fear the state of the world. Grounding helps reduce that feeling in us.
7. Improves ability to respond rather than react - emotions can temporarily overrun us. If we take a minute to ground, it allows us to think before we act.
8. Increases body-work therapist stamina - without grounding, we may become more susceptible to taking on our client's issues.
9. Improves problem solving capacity – being in a grounded state helps us to see more available options.
10. Improves overall ability to function more efficiently and effectively in life.