The extent to which we feel grounded directly correlates with our felt sense of peace. When we’re grounded we feel at peace. Ungrounded and we’re at the whim of the whirring world around us.
What does it mean to be grounded?
“We do not ‘come into’ this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean ‘waves’, the universe ‘peoples’. Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe.” ~ Alan Watts
When we are grounded we feel centred, a sense of inner stability, a spaciousness within. We experience capacity to be the witness, not at the whim, of our elaborate mind talk. We become the oasis in the chaos, balanced in the midst of our surroundings and stress.
Even in the face of triggers we remain rooted, able to allow our body’s physiological response without careening away on the freight train of thought.
What ungrounded feels like
How to ground
It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the ‘I Am,’ our real presence, can awaken. ~ Gurdjieff
1. Immersion in nature
– walking barefoot on the earth, leaning against a tree, feet in the sea
We have become chronically weakened by our separation from nature. We are outdoor beings but through so-called civilisation, industrialisation and socialisation we have migrated indoors, away from where we thrive.
To be grounded is to be earthed. To dive into nature, to bathe in the innate reciprocity of our relationship with Mother Earth, to breathe in with the trees, is to be truly grounded.
2. Any activity that solidifies our connection with our body
– movement through yoga, dancing, walking
When we’re ungrounded we’re in our heads, puppeteered by the power of our mindtalk. The sheer volume of our inner dialogue can dissolve the sensation of our physical body.
4. Hearing our heartbeat
Sensing the beat of our heart is a hugely tender, potent reminder of our humanity. To tune into its rhythm, its vibration, is to finely attune to our life force.
We are spiritual beings in a living, breathing human skin and it’s profoundly powerful to remember this.
5. Put your phone in another room/ switch onto airplane mode
6. Self-soothing talk
7. Mantra/ anchoring phrase
Any of these techniques and more can be used at any time. We don’t need to wait until we’re suffering or enduring anxiety before we try them. The more time we spend grounded the more peace we will experience.