Getting grounded was something I struggled with for a long time. Being a thinking type, I’m always up in my head analysing the concept. What does it mean? How do you do it? It took me a vipassana course and a whole lot of practice to sink into FEELING grounded.
Feeling grounded to me means being safe in the world, feeling calm and nourished, present to and inhabiting my body. Grounded, connected and safe go hand in hand for me, and come from a healthy base or root chakra.
(For those of you unfamiliar with the terminology, chakras are an energy system that govern the way your body works, your thoughts, emotions and things that you attract into your life. The base chakra – muladhara in sanskrit – is located at the perineum and governs survival, safety, physical home, tribe/family and money.)
Often we try to get a sense of security from money, or our family or relationships. We try to control situations or people to feel safe, and when things are out of our control, we panic. We inhabit our mind, not our body. Our thoughts run the show and reality takes a back seat.
All this is just a symptom of the true cause, an unhealthy base chakra. Instead of trying to control the million little symptoms, what would happen if you worked on the root of the problem, being an unhealthy energy system?
When you work on your inner environment, your external environment changes naturally and effortlessly.
When your life feels out of control, find one small thing that you can do consistently every day to bring you back home. This is something that my girl Tara told me in the midst of a tumultuous period in my life not four months ago. I had a lot of excuses about why I couldn’t do it, but fact is, they’re excuses. Everyone has time to do one minute of SOMETHING when they wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night. It’s what you choose to do with your time that matters.
Do something meditatively every day, no matter where you are or how you feel. It could be your cup of coffee and the way you mindfully prepare and enjoy it. It could be a particular meditation. You could stand outside and watch the sun rise for a few minutes. Or you can dedicate an hour, or five minutes, to a formal yoga and meditation practice.
How did I ground myself, you ask? I threw everything at it (overachiever, yes, I know!). Meditations, the colour red, grounding yoga poses, walking, getting outside in nature, eating mindfully, pranayama or breath work, deep relaxation (hot baths and massages), and sustainably creating new habits. I did an amazing Base Chakra guided meditation by Sally Kempton, and used the base chakra meditation from my friend (and altogether babe) Tahlee’s meditation album Spectrum. And I did it consistently. Every. Damn. Day.
Within a week of this approach, I had three places to live and a job plus two or three opportunities to teach yoga offered to me. As my energy strengthened, I slowly felt to reach out and reconnect with my tribe.. my family, chosen family, everyone else. All I’d felt like doing was curling up alone, so this was a big change. I began to attract more money, gifts and opportunities.
Within three months, I’ve got a solid yoga business, a solid part-time job in a place I love, run my own Yoga Rave event, a meditation workshop, some savings and a whole lot of inspiration and energy. I’ve lost weight and my skin is glowing. I’ve still got a little ways to go but that chakra is spinning consistently because of my efforts.
So, here’s a little experiment. Pick one thing that you’ll do every day for the next two weeks to strengthen your base chakra. Share it with me in the comments. And then watch what unfolds, effortlessly.
Lots of love,