Mindful Monday 12/12/16
“To ground is to pour your energies back into the earth and feel the warm calm of nature entering our body in exchange.” ~ Unknown
I am continuing the theme of getting quiet as we move closer to the winter solstice. This week focusing on the body and not the mind. Our body plays a key role in managing our emotions and our overall energy. As the weather gets colder and, around the Pacific Northwest, wetter, I will find that I am not exercising as often as I do in the warmer months. When we exercise, in addition to getting fit, we are also grounding our energy into our bodies. When our energy is ungrounded, meaning not in our bodies, we are at a greater risk of illness and injury. Do you ever have those days when you just can’t keep anything in your head? Or you lose keys? Bang your elbow into the door frame as you walk through? Turn the wrong way down a one way? One of these in a day is not a big deal, but two or more and I would suggest you take that as a sign you need to ground your energy into your body. And one really effective way to ground is to exercise–go for a run or a hike, do some yoga or stretching, or get up and dance. Bringing our spirit (energy) into our body through movement is a quick and effective way to change a low energy, bumbling day into a productive mindful day.
How does our energy become ungrounded?
The most common way is stress. Stress can create pain, either emotional or physical, our spirits dislike being trapped in a pain body, so they literally fly out. Most people’s spirits or energetic body is somewhere outside of the physical body, we are essentially escaping our problems through disconnection. While everyone with a body and stress is susceptible to this condition, empaths will definitely experience this regularly. When I was younger and unaware I was always bumping and bruising my arms and elbows. I quite literally didn’t know where my body was in space. I was escaping the stress of my life by hovering outside my body.
Why is being ungrounded ultimately a bad thing for us?
We can’t heal our body if we are not in our body, that goes for emotional pain as well as physical pain. Many people get sick with a cold or flu at Christmas because of the stress associated with the season; shopping, parties, work obligations, kids programs at school, etc. When we finally take a minute to slow down on Christmas we find our body has weakened and we become susceptible to a cold. Another way to look at that is we didn’t take the time we needed to rest, ground and move our bodies, so by getting sick, our body has forced us to slow down and take care of it.
I invite you to join me in stretching and gently moving your body, bringing your full awareness into your core, feeling your extremities, and allowing your energy to flow into the earth through your feet. Then allowing the earth energy to flow up into your body through your feet, legs, and grounding cord (an energetic cord that extends from the base of your spine into the earth).
My friend and colleague Regenia Benton from Blue Turtle Acupuncture is offering an Energy Awareness class beginning soon. I encourage you all to check it out and learn some incredibly powerful grounding and meditation techniques. I have taken this class twice and always relish the process.
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Laura Rowe is an intuitive energy healer. Living in Portland, Oregon, Laura founded The Vital Spirit, an entity that seeks to be an instrument in the ongoing shift in human consciousness. Laura works with adults who identify as highly sensitive persons or empaths and are committed to learning about who they are and how they want to express themselves in this world. She helps these individuals clear energetic blocks, release limiting beliefs, thrive in their business/careers and navigate interpersonal relationships so they can live life to the fullest.