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 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 of 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 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 exist 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 visible 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 the head.
- Traumatic experiences and losses of any kind.
- Also, 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, you are probably a lot in your head too, and as it may threaten your subsistence, you most likely are or soon will be ungrounded.
And, of course, there is the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, which also can be a result of ungroundedness, rather than the cause.
And yet another reason is intense one-sided spiritual work and pursue.
Whenever we experience worry, struggle, anxiety, etc., we tend to be everywhere but in our body. 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 here 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 taken needed breaks and resting)
- Numbing yourself with food and distractions
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 on a daily basis can indeed provide quite profound insight into what is going on within us.
Being temporarily ungrounded happens to all of us and is no threat or problem. On the other hand, long-term ungroundedness will consequently affect your emotions. If no “Stop” is put to this, it will manifest in your physical body as well and may even cause severe issues in all areas of your life. You can end up with a self-perpetuating, vicious cycle.
At this point, it is important to mention another factor that may keep you unearthed, even though, this is a whole chapter in itself.
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