Today’s topic is one that I feel very connected to and guided to talk about. We are going to discuss grounding and why it’s important but also how to tell if you aren’t grounded.
So, what exactly is grounding? Imagine you are a tree and have roots coming out of your feet. Those roots are what ground you to the earth. This is what grounding is but not in such a physical form. The feeling of being grounded is most closely related to the root chakra. It’s our “fight or flight” system and what gives us our sense of survival.
The root chakra is located at the base of your spine and is the first major energy center of your body. It’s what gives the energy and drive to eat, sleep and perform the most basic of functions. In a more spiritual sense, it controls your self esteem and sense of belonging. The root chakra is what connects you not only to the world around you but to yourself.
Imbalances in the root chakra cause a lack of grounding and a whole slew of problems which we are going to talk about below. The good news is that with hard work and dedication, an imbalance in the root chakra is fixable!
Before we get to the list I want to share a little story with you. Before I actually became interested in learning more about the chakras and reiki I was experiencing almost ALL of the numbers in the list below. This was about 4 years ago and I was going through a really rough time spiritually, mentally and emotionally. But the crazy thing is that everything in my life was actually going pretty well! I had a stable job and an amazing relationship with my boyfriend (now husband!). I had fantastic, supportive friends and was working really hard to get my life on track.
But even though I had all of these wonderful things going for me I still felt aloof and like I couldn’t get anywhere no matter how hard I tried. I’m not really sure how I stumbled upon chakra healing to be honest. It may have been Alexis or maybe a google search that led me down this path but whatever it was, I’m so grateful! Once I realized I needed some grounding in my life, I dove right in and started the work. It certainly took a while but I was able to turn my life around and start living the way I wanted to. I saw an improvement in my relationships and found that I was actually, truly happy.
I am a firm believer that everyone, whether you have any of the symptoms on this list or not, needs grounding of some sort. What I have learned through my journey into more intentional living is that it is so easy to fall off the tracks. I’m getting much better at determining when I’m in need of grounding but in the beginning it’s a good idea to make a practice of grounding yourself daily.
This could mean that you go outside for 5 minutes a day and stand in the grass while you feel the sun shine on your face, utilize grounding crystals, or practice some yoga poses but whatever you decide to do make sure you do it with the intention of grounding yourself to Mother Earth.
Okay so let’s get onto this list! Read below and leave me a comment of what you are going to try or already do to help ground yourself.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU AREN’T GROUNDED
- You get panic attacks or often feel anxious: These attacks can happen randomly throughout the day or you are in a constant state of anxiety. For me, this is one of the worst feelings, especially if I can’t pinpoint what set the attack off.
- You are bad with money or have financial problems: You just can’t seem to stop spending money or are having trouble making your bills on time even though realistically you have enough money to pay all of them.
- You are always looking for the next best thing: This could relate to jobs, romantic relationships, friendships as well as material things (think phones, fashion, etc).
- You don’t feel secure in your relationship or job: You know that your partner loves you but you are constantly looking for reasons to disprove that or you have a great career and secure job but you just don’t feel like you are good enough.
- You feel depressed or can’t meet your basic needs: I think there is definitely a fine line to this point. If you are struggling because you feel tired or down and a little depressed because of this spiral then you probably need some grounding. However, if the depression is keeping you from getting out of bed or seeing your family and friends then this would be a situation where you need to seek help from a professional. I am all about natural healing but mental health is extremely important and there is NOTHING wrong with admitting that you need help. So please keep that in mind.
- You lack focus and organization: Your thoughts are all over the place. You jump from task to task or know that you have a lot on your to do list but can’t seem to get the motivation to do any of it.
- You feel anger or have unexplained emotional outbursts: When any little thing sets you off into a fit of rage, crying or even laughter.
- You are negative: You just can’t seem to see the good things in life even though you know they are right in front of you.
- You feel like you don’t belong anywhere: You have an aimless feeling, like you don’t fit in with your family, friends or surroundings. You aren’t sure who you are or where you are headed and you feel frustrated by this feeling.
When you put the work into yourself, you will begin to feel grounded and whole again. Please drop a comment below of your favorite ways to keep yourself grounded! We love hearing from you.