What is grounding, and why is it important?
I have heard of many methods for grounding in the course of the last two decades or so. Some of them are good and work nicely, and some appear to me as mere nonsense. In my opinion, especially approaches that are food-related. For example, chocolate, meat – especially red meat – and all type of nuts are supposed to be grounding foods. I don´t know who came up with this idea, and it doesn`t matter, but false beliefs do more harm than good. I actually was told by several people that they have to eat red meat, so they stay grounded, so this theory is still out there. Apparently, these people fell under that spell, or they use it as an excuse for their meat-eating. My question was why they even needed to justify eating meat. They were apparently judging themselves. But this is a whole different topic. Both the issue of making excuses and the subject of self-criticism.
One possibility of why that food-myth exists could be that people confuse the dizziness, light-headedness, and other symptoms of hypoglycemia as ungroundedness. Some of the symptoms are indeed identical, but being unearthed is something entirely different. Simply explained, the symptoms of hypoglycemia (meaning low blood sugar) are a natural, physical response when your body needs food. But even more common and often overlooked is the lack of water. Many people tend to drink not enough. If you are a healthy person, these symptoms go away instantly after a snack or meal and sufficient water, but your ungroundedness will not.
In fact, the most effective tools for counteracting ungroundedness, are both reasonable and easy to practice.
Firstly, there is the literal “earthing.” Put your feet on the ground and move them! Walk, run, work with real physical effort, work with the earth, plants, etc. Put your hands in the dirt! In other words, do physical work, especially gardening. There are countless opportunities to get into your body. Whatever reason you tell yourself right now for “why you can not,” is merely an excuse. There are also potent tools that involve visualization, and they are most effective if at least done once with a capable and trained practitioner. Learning them, you will feel the shift in an instant. This is my personal experience, and I observe this regularly with my clients.
There are various reasons to become ungrounded and how long one remains in that state is very individual.
I point out some of the common reasons, and further below the most obvious and usual signs for ungroundedness.
- Sudden, shocking experiences and events.
- Worries in general but also any type of situations and issues that keep you stuck in worry, hence stuck in your head.
- Traumatic experiences
- Losses of any kind.
- If you have a head-centered work, or a job in an office, etc. – especially if you are not happy with it, can shift you towards ungroundedness.
- If you have no job or other responsibilities
- Chronic threat to your subsistence
- Abuse of alcohol and other drugs
- Intense one-sided spiritual work and pursuit.
Whenever we experience worry, struggle, anxiety, etc., we tend to be everywhere but in our bodies. When you are anywhere but in the very place, and the very moment you physically are, you are lost in your mind, traveling back and forth.
You may become aware of clear signs of either passing or remaining ungroundedness. To name but a few:
- You don ́t notice that you are not genuinely listening when somebody talks to you
- Easily startled
- Finding yourself in another room than you wanted to go
- Being uncreative or unproductive (don`t confuse this with taking needed breaks and resting)
- Numbing yourself (food/distractions/any kind of drugs or stimulants)
To lose your “footing, “to get the rug pulled away under your feet,” are but a few expressions that give you a hint that you have lost your grounding. Phrases that we so thoughtlessly use, provide indeed quite profound insight into what is going on within us.
Are you holding unforgiveness towards past events, certain people, and yourself? Ask yourself. Do you want to waste your Life Force with resenting people and things that had happened in the past? Or do You want to create rather than deteriorate? You must remember that it is about your health, happiness, and well-being. Do You want to feel good, express your nature, be healthy, and joyful?
It is your choice and in your power.
In this Spirit!
Blessings, and Namaste