No, that title is not a misprint. Although, it could be the daily grind that causes the need for the daily ground! What I’m talking about today is spiritual grounding. Everyone has bad days sometimes, and we all get burnt out. When you find yourself irritable, hostile, nervous, short-tempered, or just in a bad mood, it’s a sign that you need to get grounded.
Paying attention to and protecting your psychic and spiritual energy is a valuable part of leading a more peaceful and fulfilling life. Here are my seven favorite ways to get grounded. Try these methods whenever you feel your energy or vibration is over stimulated or out of balance, or when you feel you are being negatively influenced by energy- whether someone else’s — or your own.
- Getting outside – literally. Just the very act of standing on the ground will help neutralize your negativity. Visualize all of your problems flowing from your brain, down through your body, out your feet, and into the ground. If possible, sit on the ground and relax for a few minutes.
- Deep Breathing. Okay, just don’t do this one as you start a phone call! I do this one when I’m in the car or can’t step away from a project. If my husband catches me doing this, he’ll say, “Well, that was a heap big sigh!” “Just getting some air,” I’ll reply. Since I occasionally have trouble with asthma, I know that my response is probably almost as physical as it is spiritual, but I figure either way, it feels great!
- Exercising. This method naturally follows next since you breathe more deeply when you exercise, but there is something about getting physical that adds to the clearing of the mind. Whether it’s a 5-minute walk or anything more vigorous, (whatever you like to do), exercise is good for the mind, body, and spirit.
- Cooking. Sometimes the way I cook is like exercise! But there’s also the creativity component, getting something accomplished, and getting my mind off my problems that helps me get grounded. And my husband gets to enjoy the results of this one as well!
- Gardening. I can remember that as a child, my mother would always know when something was bothering me because I would “play in the dirt.” What can I say, old habits die hard! I love gardening just for the purpose of it, but just like cooking, gardening gets my mind off things. Cooking can sometimes be too complicated for true grounding, and pulling weeds is sometimes just what I need.
- De-cluttering. My regular readers already know how I feel about clutter. If my bad mood stems from a sense of “overwhelm-ment,” I know it’s time to de-clutter. I told my time management class just yesterday that it seems counter-intuitive; you think you should be getting stuff done instead of de-cluttering, but trust me, you really will think more clearly with everything in its place. Which brings me to my final favorite grounding method -
- Organizing. I’m not speaking here of organizing your desk; that’s de-cluttering (more than likely.) What I’m talking about here is creating a Work Breakdown Structure for a project, or organizing your day or week, or whatever it’s going to take to make you feel better. Instead of plowing in on a project, if you’ll take the time to get organized first, your mood will lift and you’ll accomplish more in the end. You might even think of ways to avoid unnecessary work and find people to delegate parts of the project to.
Any one of the exercises will help, but when necessary, I’ve been known to do them all before proceeding into my day! Getting into alignment with your higher self in whatever you have to do is way more important than the action itself. Try it; you’ll be glad you did!
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This post was written by Debra Moorhead, Motivation, Education, Inspiration on May 23, 2008