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Getting Grounded

What Does it Mean to be Ungrounded?


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Importance of Grounding

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It is important to become and stay grounded. Our stress levels can rise to incredibly high levels due to  events in our personal lives and our environment. It is easy to come unglued at any moment.

Recently, someone asked me, what does it mean to be grounded? My response was: Let's look at what it means to be ungrounded first.

When Your Soul is Somewhere Else

To be ungrounded means the soul is not in the body. It means someone is upset, angry, spacey, frustrated, or emotional in some form or another. This person is not experiencing the now. Typically, when we are ungrounded, we are thinking about something else besides what we are doing or being right now. It's usually experienced in a seemingly negative way, but not always. Sometimes we can just not be here - our soul is off somewhere else.

Think about traffic. How many people are driving around every day thinking about something else and not about their driving? Probably most drivers. This is why we have so many accidents. People are not paying attention to what they are doing. They are not grounded.

Grounding Exercise

There is an easy exercise we all can do at any time, even while driving, that will pull our souls back into our bodies immediately. Anyone trying this exercise may have to do it a few times for it to work, but it will be worth it.
  1. Imagine that when you inhale, your breath comes in through the top of your head and stops at your hips.
  2. As you exhale, the breath goes down through the center of your legs into the earth and wraps itself around a tree root (or a stone, or anything in the center of the earth).

What this does is it automatically yanks your soul into your body. Many have claimed that this has actually calmed them down enough to have drastic effects on their lives. Their lives are calmer because they can live in the now.

More Grounding Tips

Are You Adequately Grounded?

How often have you been told that "grounding" is important? What does it mean to be ungrounded anyway? Taking this quiz will offer you clues as to which characteristics you have, and whether the actions or reactions that you take are helping you to stay grounded or are actually aiding your energetic retreats from your physical self.

Are You Adequately Grounded? - take this quiz now
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