Ever feel completely disconnected — like you’re just going through the motions? That is what it is like to not feel grounded. I had never really given the concept of “grounding your energy” much thought, until I had my son.
First of all what do I mean by grounded? I mean being present. Being in the moment and feeling connected to everything and everyone around you. Not just the trees and the earth, but your relationships and your work.
I have always made being outside and connecting with nature a part of my life. Even when I got busy, I would always make sure at least one trip a year was camping-related. We even built our house surrounded by a pine forest.
But then I had my son, and life got busy — busier than I could have ever imagined. Those moments to wander through the woods, contemplating what I was going to do with my life… those moments ended. I still get out into the woods with my son, but the time is spent watching him and focusing on what I can teach him about the wonderful place I love so much.
These days I am feeling less and less grounded, and I have to make a serious conscious effort to keep myself grounded. I just came out of a serious busy period with my photography business — sixteen portrait sessions and three weddings in two weeks. To say that I was in “head down / get it done” mode would be an understatement.
Thankfully I also had a week away at the cottage on Lake Huron directly after that. I didn’t check Facebook (as often) and I was barefoot and making an effort to ground myself every single day. I enjoyed every moment. And when I feel myself getting off track in the near future… I’m just going to take five minutes for myself and walk in the grass.
Here are a couple of steps you can try to feel grounded again:
- Make a conscious effort to disconnect from electrical devices at least once a week — for an entire day if you can.
- Take time to sit in peace in nature. Whether it is in a city park or in a field in the country — make it a priority. This means no phones or music. Just the din of nature.
- Take your shoes off and walk on the ground — literally grounding yourself. You will be surprised how much more you notice about your surroundings once you no longer have shoes on.
- Take a salt bath. Epsom salts will do.
- Try meditating.
What are the ways in which you ground your energy?