Mindful Monday Minute: Mindful Grounding

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Grounding techniques help you to stay “in the moment” when your mind and body are returning to a place of trauma or stress.

Trauma impacts our body and brain. When reminded of trauma, people respond in different ways. Some feel “flooded” with memories, or emotions like fear, sadness, or anger. Others “check out” emotionally, feel numb, or disconnected from what’s happening around them. Often, people have bodily sensations, like their heart racing,
sweating, sudden pain or aching, or shortness of breath. These are normal responses to surviving trauma, but they can be disruptive and upsetting. Practicing mindfulness and grounding techniques can help you to stay in the “here and now” and regain a feeling of safety and control.

This week’s mindful minute focuses on the First Chakra, the Root Chakra. This chakra is related to feeling grounded and secure, so healing your root chakra and strengthening it will help you release these fears and take on life with courage. The paths of energy in this chakra extend downward like a root through the legs and feet to contact the solid Earth below. This is why we often refer to this first chakra as the ‘Root Chakra,’ as it embodies your relationship to the physical.  This includes your body/physicality, aspects of the self; your sense of security, safety, and survival; and your connection to the environment or planet.  As the chakra located at the base of the spine, your root energy center is home to the raw, static energy of life. Raising and channeling this energy not only boosts your overall health, but plays a pivotal role in spiritual awakening.  As the chakra of grounding, the first chakra governs your inner sense of security and place in this world.

We are emotionally, electrically-charged beings, and our energy flows much like a circuit, depending on our psychological & emotional state of being, as well as the state of the world around us.  Just as electrical circuits overload, and might sometimes shutdown or break, so too, do our chakras. Chakra re-calibration and re-balancing are a regular, sometimes even daily, activity to explore, and this does not imply that your energy is somehow “broken.”  You just have to take responsibility for your “electrical flow.”

Here are 5 tips you can do to release fear and heal your Root Chakra:

  1. Try a 10-minute walking meditation where you focus on the sensations of lifting your foot, moving it, placing it back down, shifting the weight of your body, and so on.
  2. Journal your responses to these prompts: In what ways do you feel supported or not? How do you connect to the natural world? How do you manage life’s challenges?
  3.  Shift your mindset from scarcity to abundance by practicing gratitude, eliminating comparisons, and sharing what you have.
  4. Try a 10-minute walking meditation where you focus on the sensations of lifting your foot, moving it, placing it back down, shifting the weight of your body, and so on.
  5. Relax into corpse pose. While lying on your back with your arms and legs extended from your body symmetrically, gradually relax the entire body. Notice how you are fully supported by the ground.

Enjoy this week’s Mindful Monday Minute!

Love & light,

anny

 

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