What does it mean to be grounded? The concept of being grounded can denote a deep spiritual connection with the earth and the self. To be grounded is to have complete awareness and consciousness and be present in the moment. To practice a deep sense of mindfulness, being whole, complete, centred, clear, harmonious and balanced in our relationship with our true self, others, spirituality and the earth. A grounded person doesn’t worry about the ‘ifs and buts’ of life, or ‘what might be’, they are living the present moment and are completely in control of their mental and physical self. A grounded person will not concern themselves with the actions of others, nor be influenced by them easily, they will roll through life smoothly with sincerity and without affectation.
This may sound daunting or may not immediately resonate with every living being, and so the more universal way of understanding the notion is think of it as having our feet firmly planted on the ground whilst knowing our true self. We don’t want to be floating about all day being tossed around by the metaphorical wind, we want to be secure and prepared for tackling whatever happens to cross our path, right?
So, how do we get those feet planted? There are many tactics available but here is a quick routine you can apply to your morning rituals which will give you all the necessary tools to face the day head on and allow you to be open to every possibility.
Grounding ritual: Having a good morning ritual is something which can really start you off on a positive note; it is a highly recommended tool to help mentally and physically open yourself up and unlock your best potential on a daily basis. The following steps can help you to begin the day feeling balanced, with an overall sense of emotional, psychological and physical well-being.
For this you needn’t even step out of your bed. Stay relaxed and comfortable and do some breathing exercises to get your blood pumping and your mind active as well as remaining clear and calm. Breathe in deeply through your nose and exhale fully through your mouth, repeat this four times. Then rest. Now breathe in for four counts and out for 6-8 counts depending on your lung capacity and repeat ten times (or as many as you feel).
Drink a big glass of room temperature water, before you do or ingest anything else, to hydrate yourself. Add the juice of half a lemon to invigorate your system as well as balance your pH levels in your stomach, and kick-start your metabolism.
Take a few minutes in a peaceful space to stop and contemplate your mantra for the day. Now meditate, for as much time as you have available within your morning routine, in preparation for the day ahead. You’ll find this process calming and centring which will give you the necessary balance to keep you grounded.
If you have a stretching routine that suits your body then this is a great moment to put it into practice. Speaking of practice, you can now incorporate a quick yoga flow into your day, this will energise every part of you while awakening and strengthening your body and mind. For extra grounding try to practice this on actual earth outside.
Tip: Sun salutations are an excellent daily stretch to get you going and appreciating life!
Shower, or wash with cooler water than you are used to and really get the blood flowing as well as liven up your body and mind and connect you with yourself and the world.
Before you step out the door make sure you state your daily affirmations. Confirming and reiterating what you deem important, what your mindset is, what you are going to carry with you, will motivate you and ensure that you can keep yourself present and positive throughout the day. Your own words can mean so much; you can hold them and go back to them at any point during the day to reassure yourself.
The body and mind are more connected than we give them credit for, if we eat well, we feel well. Our gut health directly affects our mental health. And so to fill ourselves with healthy, energising foods in the morning serves us greatly for the rest of the day and allows our minds to function at their best alongside our body.
Within these guidelines is a flexible method which you can adapt to suit you. We are all unique individuals who have the ability to live in a grounded, centred state of bliss, calm and peace.
Be happy, be you!
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