When I experienced my first ever reiki session three years ago, and the practitioner placed her hands on my feet, I realized just how fully I was not grounded. I was a stay at home mom of four children. I was barely getting through a long Minnesota winter. I was longing for more presence and purpose in my life. I was not in a place of accepting that where I was I was fulfilling my own enough-ness. While I wanted to manifest my potential as a writer, I was not allowing myself to enjoy the greatest moments of creativity, wonder, and innocence that my children were giving to me everyday.
What did I do? Well, I took a job at the airport as a nighttime baggage handler. Sounds like Mike Rowe’s Dirty Jobs, but I absolutely loved it. Every night for 3 hours, I climbed into the baggage pits of airplanes, unloaded suitcases, and even drove the tug and tow truck that attached to planes and aligned them onto the runway.
I encountered heart-breaking sunsets. I also met plenty of men in various life struggles and triumphs. I listened to them and gave insight when they asked. I’d leave work at midnight, and wake up in the morning with a tremendous amount of energy and appreciation for my children. This was by far, the most grounding activity I needed. Although the job was humbling, it was also what I needed to be reminded of: my rooted purpose of serving, being, and work ethic values.
How to be grounded…
We all know life. We spend so much time inside of our heads and our hearts. But we also know that we have whole entire bodies, with complex systems and organs at work. Our bodies us keep us alive and in the world.
Life is always centered on doing, thinking, worrying, becoming, and fixing. It’s no wonder that we need to be rooted to something.
Of course, there are many activities or pursuits that you can do to help ground you: finding work that feeds your soul, going for walks, being outside barefoot, taking a shower, spending time with family, purchasing earthing products, surrounding yourself with the color red…
But, have you ever thought about what it truly means to be grounded? Or rather, are you aware of when you are not grounded?
The important thing is to know that being grounded as it is with all of the chakras, begins with consciousness.
The Root Chakra
The foundation of being grounded is to be present, centered, solid, reflective, aware, observant, and connected. The Root Chakra is also such an important part of your blossoming consciousness.
First, a quick background on the Chakra system. There are seven Chakras, each correlating to a color of the rainbow: violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. The only way that we as human beings are able to distinguish among these 7 colors is because sunlight divides white light into 7 colors. Additionally, each Chakra has symbolic connections to the body as well as opportunities to increase conscious, quality of life, spirituality, and promote healing.
Here are some things to know about the Root Chakra:
The symbolic color of the Root Chakra is the color red.
In terms of the color spectrum, red is the first color of the rainbow and has the longest wavelength and thus highly visible to the naked eye. As our ancestors evolved, they were able to distinguish the color red in order to find sources of food as well as danger. Red, the color of blood is symbolic for survival. When it comes to your sense of survival, what beliefs and values were part of your family system that are still a part of your now?
The Root Chakra is associated with specific parts of the body.
I have felt and found that the Root Chakra is part of our entire consciousness, but there are specific parts of the body giving us clues about our Root Chakra awareness. What conscious awareness do you have of your feet, your bones, your legs, the base of your spine, or your immune system? Have you ever stood barefoot outside and felt the energy of the earth rising up into your feet, up your legs, into your bone, sitting at the base of your spine, and opening up your immune system?
The Root Chakra is connected to your sense of home.
So much of the Root Chakra has to do with your childhood, your family ties and traditions, and the beliefs and values you were raised with. If you desire a greater sense of what grounds you, examine your childhood roots and the family system you were raised in. Maybe your were raised on a farm, in a deeply religious family, or perhaps you moved around a lot as a child. Reflecting on your childhood, even the town or city you were raised in can be of value in discovering what or where your grounded sense of self comes from.
The Root Chakra is strongest in the present moment.
Suspend all of your work, all of your projects, all of your worries, and all of your doing. Your consciousness of the Root Chakra, your whole grounded being rests in the present moment, which is your strongest point of power. When you allow yourself to just be in the present moment, your consciousness unfolds and becomes your friend. In the present moment, you are able to take responsibility for your health, your joy, and your most authentic self.
Here’s what I’ve learned: being grounded is an everyday intentional practice. It is important everyday that you set time aside for yourself to connect to the earth allowing for life’s simplicity to be your enough-ness. Accepting life in all of its as-is-ness, taking responsibility of your values is your strongest asset to achieving a grounded consciousness.
If you were take into account your acceptance of your survival including the feelings in your feet, bones, legs, base of your spine, and immune system, are you in need of healing? Are there memories of your childhood or sense of place and home that you desire healing from? Would you like to be fully aware of your beliefs and values and perhaps discover a new, healthier belief value system? Or are you sincerely desiring to integrate all your doing into a sense of purpose or even learn to incorporate and appreciate the beauty of the present moment?
I would love to work with you!