by Dawn De La Fuente
You know that feeling of living partially outside of your body? Well, it happens to the best of us. Things like the build up of daily life stress, living in a city or apartment out of contact with the earth, excessive daydreaming, over-consumption of media and digital entertainment, unhealed emotional/physical traumas, frequent use of alcohol/drugs, or even too much dietary cleansing all contribute to feelings of imbalance and ungrounding.
For me personally, I know I need grounding when I’m too easily distracted by my surroundings, the tension in my neck won't go away, or when serial procrastination kicks in. Here are my go-to grounding methods that I'm working to proactively employ in 2017.
FEET ON THE GROUND
By simply going outside barefoot to touch the earth and discharge the excess charge in your body, you can alleviate the stress that’s continually put on your system. So take a moment to remove your shoes (and socks) and establish a direct energetic connection to the earth with your bare feet. Place your soles straight onto the earth, dig your feet in the sand or soil, and move those toes. Feel the ground beneath your feet and notice if it’s warm or cool, wet or dry, soft or coarse. Set an intention for what it is you want, close your eyes, and take a deep breath.
When hiking, take time to physically interact with nature and touch the trees, put your hands in the dirt, feel the texture of the leaves, flowers, even the mushrooms. Connect to the earth and let it ground you.
AROMATHERAPYThere are many essential oils that can help soothe feelings of anxiety and emotional stress but a personal favorite is Vetiver (chrysopogon zizanioides). A perennial grass that is native to India, Vetiver has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It can grow up to 5’ high and the essential oil is distilled from the root which grows downward as deep as 8’. It truly is a deeply grounding plant. Vetiver essential oil is amber-brown and has a sweet, woody and smoky aroma that may vary depending on the plant’s location.
Vetiver is used in aromatherapy for relaxation and alleviating emotional stress, anxiety, insomnia and depression. It can be applied neat, diluted in water or a carrier oil, and diffused or blended with other essential oils (like in our Earthen Body Oil). Here are a few ways to incorporate Vetiver essential oil into your practice:
- Add 5-10 drops to bath water
- Diffuse 3-5 drops in a diffuser
- Place 1-2 drops on wrist, neck and chest
- Smudge 1-2 drops on earlobes and gently pull lobes down with hands
We live in a world of constant movement which is why it's important to recognize when your body, mind and soul are in need of self-care. Grounding can aid in our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. No matter what methods you choose, find ways to ground yourself and practice them regularly.
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