You Have to Descend Before You Ascend
Please add your comments and questions, and
share your experiences of learning how to be grounded.
In our discussion yesterday, I suggested various ways you can learn to ground your energy. In this post, I want to expand on that a bit more.
First, anyone who does Tai Chi, or a martial art, or hatha yoga (the authentic kind, not the westernized version) learns techniques for grounding. If any of these activities appeal to you, I urge you to try them out.
In Wheels of Life, by Anodea Judith, Ph. D., there are in depth discussions of each of the primary chakras. At the end of each chapter are a variety of techniques for working with that individual chakras’s energy. These include a meditation, yoga postures, and other activities.
I would also like to suggest the following for your consideration:
1. What kind of shoes do you wear?
High heels, like the bound feet of women in ancient China, were never designed to keep women grounded. Finding very comfortable shoes that help you connect to the Earth might be an important starting place for some people to consider.
Shoes made of natural fibers or mostly natural fibers are more grounding that plastic shoes.
If you enjoy going barefoot, that’s my personal favorite.
Develop some good foot care habits. Massage your feet or find a professional who is very good at doing that. Use oils or lotions on them. LOVE THEM!! and they will love you back. 🙂
2. What types of materials are your clothes made from?
All synthetics have energy frequencies that are unnatural. Those frequencies can “rev you up” and keep your body from relaxing. (Hmmm. .. makes me wonder what would happen if people labeled with ADD and ADHD wore only natural fibers???)
If you want to be more connected to Mother Earth, look for natural fibers. You have to be careful because there is much attempt to confuse us about what is natural and what isn’t. You have to read labels. You have to check out what the material is called to be sure it really is made from something other than plastic.
For example, virgin wool is natural; virgin acrylic is a plastic. So are polyesters, including “polar fleece,” which never met a sheep’s body at any time. (“Fleece” is the term that usually refers to wool from a sheep.)
Cottons and wools and hemp are all natural, but look out for labels purposely designed to confuse you. When in doubt, check on the internet.
3. What are you eating?
We could spend hours and hours on this subject.
For now, I would share with you that the more natural a diet you eat, the better for your overall health. The government is in cahoots with the controllers, so labels are allowed to be purposely misleading. You have to READ everything and learn what is good for you, what really “natural” or “all natural” or even, God help us all, “organic” really mean.
Avoid processed foods as much as possible. Learn the joys of cooking and sharing home made means and snacks with family and friends. There is a reason why the kitchen used to be the center of the home (instead of the TV set).
Foods that are more “grounding” are foods that grow inside the earth or close to the earth. These are winter squash, potatoes, carrots, turnips, and so forth.
Protein is also very grounding, especially red meats, fowl, and dairy. And if you are vegetarian or vegan, you can still be more grounded with proteins from beans and tofu.
The big exception to all this is – our favorite food group –
But remember it should be dark chocolate with the lowest sugar content you can learn to enjoy.
4. Are you resting and sleeping enough?
If your body is exhausted, it is stressed. If you are sleep deprived, you are stressed.
Learning to love and care for you body will help you and your body stay grounded.