Sometimes the simplest things bring us the greatest health benefits. When was the last time you really felt connected to the earth? Grounding is a technique that brings us back to the neutral balanced state of breathing and being present in our bodies. Often being outside of one’s body, with today’s stresses and the chaos of everyday life, we survive in a scared state, operating in survival mode. This way of conducting yourself will effecting your whole body, often in negative ways. Here is a wonderful yet simple grounding technique to try. All you need is a chair and your imagination and a few minutes of time.
To get started, stand up straight and rub your hands together to create heat and energy. Then bend down and place them above your feet while visualizing the energy going down to the earth from your hands, through your feet. Stand back up and sit in the chair with your feet flat on the ground and your back straight. This allows your energy to flow better. Visualize energy starting at the base of your back, traveling through your seat and chair and down to the core of the earth. You can visualize this energy as water, a beam of light, a tree with roots, or anything that appeals to you. Once you have this energy image in your mind, visualize opening the bottoms of your feet and sending that energy beam to the ground. Then visualize that energy, renewed, coming back up through your feet, up your legs and hips like a current. Then stand up and let this energy settle for a moment. After just a few minutes, you’ll feel more serene, calm and rooted to the earth.
To take your practice to the next level, you can teach your body to tell you what it needs. You can do this by asking it to lean forward when the answer is yes, and backwards when the answer is no.
This advanced technique has numerous benefits. Deciding whether you should eat that doughnut or have that glass of wine? Maybe you think you’re hungry but aren’t sure? You can actually ask your body whether it needs these things with the above learning forward/backward programming…
To learn more about these wonderful things, and details about grounding, please reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help!
~ Rev Debra Bunch
Wellbeing Center For Health