Grounding: What do we get for it - growth.

Grounding: What do we get for it - growth.

Grounding: What do we get for it - growth.

A favourite teacher of mine has always said, and I agree, that you can never be too grounded. The benefit of creating increasing stability for yourself is just that, increased stability. 

This does mean that you will be better equipped to handle the stress and challenge in your life. More able to remain calm and in control during those moments where we need to be operating at 100% but where with a lack of stability we inevitably end up loosing it and handling things less than well. This could apply to work, sales opportunities (both as buyer and seller), exams, relationships, interviews, driving and travel. Almost any situation you can think of that would put some kind of pressure on you to perform or a need for you to be firing on all cylinders would benefit from a greater sense of grounding.

If we go back to the analogy of trees we used in the first post in this series then we can look at the benefits of deeper grounding from the tree's perspective. It increases the ability to absorb nutrition and water, especially important if the resources are slim or the ground is not very rich. The deeper and wider our roots go the more choice we have to support ourselves. It gives us a greater reservoir to draw from in the thinnest of times. The long winters can only be survived by a number of trees by retreating into the safety of their roots and keeping their energy safe for when it is right to release it. In the windy and stormy times, the roots are there to stabilise the tree and hold it upright when the challenges it faces would blow it down with out the strength afforded by its roots. If this is coupled with the right levels of flexibility it can serve to keep us functioning in even the most challenging of situations.

Of course too much flexibility or too much rigidity can work against us, so good grounding helps us to find the right balance between the two. Knowing when and how to hold our ground and when and how to bend with what we are facing to accommodate it and allow it to pass without hanging on to it.

If that is not enough for you then consider the other benefits that come from creating the stability in yourself that a regular grounding practice develops.

• Improved mental focus
• Better energy levels
• More co-ordinated body movements
• Greater sense of security in self
• More confidence
• Improved sleep patterns
• More stable digestion and metabolism
• Lack of cravings or inappropriate desires
• Ability to be rational and reasoned
• Healthy immune system
• Ability to maintain concentration on current task
• Lack of flightiness or need for distraction
• Relaxed breathing
• Calm rational speech patterns
• Consistency in your life in general
• A good sense of what creates balance in your life and better decisions
• Realistic expectations
• Good judgement/intuition

That seems worth the effort to add some grounding techniques into your day. Perhaps you disagree that those benefits are not worth the practice. I would love to hear your views and experiences on grounding, so please comment and share on the blog.

Remember that you can find other techniques for helping you be more grounding in your day here and here. I will be adding more techniques for you to follow in later posts in this series so please subscribe to get notification of that when it happens. 

And in the mean time if you have any questions or comments then please feel free to comment or get in touch. I hope you  have found the series beneficial so far. Stay grounded.

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