When I was a kid I was called a “space cadet.” At the time, I didn’t think much of it.
As I’ve gotten older I know I am a total space cadet. I run into walls. I lose shit all the time, like my phone and keys. I start doing one thing and get my attention turned to something else. All while inside my mind I’m thinking about a lot of other stuff that isn’t apart of the here and now.
Holistic interior designers are empaths at heart and because you bring your gifts to the world through the work you do with your clients, it's so important that you consistently ground yourself. You know how draining it can be to have your emotions intertwined with the feelings of feedback from your clients.
On top of that, we all rather like being in our heads most of the time. Right? Sometimes we lose track of time or simply check out just to cope with the pressures of life. The only downside to that is you live here on planet Earth and you do need to touch base, literally. You have to keep yourself sane, your gifts intact and get some work done, too.
What Is Grounding?
If you've heard about grounding, wonderful! Make it a daily habit that you get into before you start your day. If you haven't heard about grounding, keep reading.
Grounding is an activity to help you calm down, ditch the anxiety and connect to the present moment with focus. You can also think of it as centering yourself so you can redistribute the energy in your mind back into your body quickly.
The easiest way to think about it is plugging ourselves back into the outlet to keep the creative energy flowing and achieve what you desire.
There are a few grounding techniques you can use that, for me, seem to be equally effective. You choose which one resonates with you.
Chair Grounding Exercise
This is the exercise I do 99% of the time and it makes a huge difference.
Sit in your chair, with your feet flat on the floor and close your eyes.
Take three deep breaths and imagine the divine white light coming down from the sky into the top of your head.
Imagine it flowing down through your spine and out your two feet becoming like two tree roots. Those two tree roots simultaneously break through the floor of your home, down through the earth and finally wrap around the crystal center of the earth.
Continue to then see these roots come back up to you, burrowing up through the earth, through your floor and back into the souls of your feet. On through your legs, up your spinal cord and connecting with the divine white light from above.
Open your eyes when ready and exhale as you're now done with your grounding exercise.
When I do this exercise I often hold Hematite or Lepidolite in my hands. Sometimes I will even place Hematite generator between my feet on the floor during this exercise. You can also take these crystals in your pocket all day to keep grounded: Smoky Quartz, Red Jasper, Tiger’s Eye
I do this exercise when the weather is nice and my frozen popsicle feet will get warmed up. This technique is said to have more powerful effects than the Chair exercise, but sometimes going outside to do this exercise isn't an option.
The theory behind this technique is that when your feet are touching the earth you're allowing for the transfer of negatively charged electrons into your body. The reason you take your shoes off is that usually, the soles are rubber - and if you remember that just like when you hop into a car during a lightning storm because the rubber tires will protect you should the lightning strike. So then, you are shielded by wearing your shoes with rubber soles.
Stand outside with your bare feet on the ground.
Imagine a beam of light coming from your mind, down your spinal cord and out of your feet and burrowing into the earth.
Imagine the white light now coming back up and connecting back to you.
This is easy enough to do and definitely helps you to stop, collaborate and chill the fuck out.
Inhale to the count of 4.
Hold the breath for the count of 7.
Exhale to the count of 8.
Grounding is simple technique to help you achieve balance and avoid those times when you can't focus on your work. Do you ground yourself now or is this a new technique for you? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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