By Melissa Farrugia
Ever feel run off your feet, ungrounded and overwhelmed with things to do just before your event?
Even though it may seem like a counter-intuitive move, this is exactly when you need to stop, breathe, and return to your body.
In each of the following breath-based grounding practices, I’ll guide you to engage with your physical body as well as your energy field so that you become grounded.
When you move through the world grounded and connected to your body, instead of living entirely from your mind, everything changes.
You’re able to be more present with your work, you handle challenges with a sense of ease, and as your energy begins to feel more solid and cohesive, the energy of your event feels more empowered.
Each practice takes only a few minutes however; when you dip into the practices, try not to focus on linear time. Listen to what your body needs, and flow with that instead.
Communicating with your body from this perspective alone is enough to stimulate a sense of grounding and connection to yourself and your work.
PRACTICE ONE: SOLE FOCUSED BREATHING WITH HEMATITE CRYSTALS
For this practice, you’ll need 2 flat Hematite Crystals. You’ll also engage with the energy centres at the base of your feet (your Sole Chakras), and activate conscious rhythmic breathing.
Hematite is usually readily available in most metaphysical stores and is known to be one of the most effective grounding stones available. It also helps with bringing your ideas and visions into manifestation (i.e. your event!), through conscious and focused action.
You’ll find your Sole Chakras at the center of the soles of your feet. These energy centers support your ability to move forwards in life without fear of change, or the consequence of change, especially when your inner knowing is calling you to make a choice that is a little different from a choice you’d normally make.
Also, your Sole Chakras are key centers involved in grounding and reviving your energy stores, as they provide a direct energetic link to the earth beneath you.
Place the Hematite Crystals underneath your bare feet. You might even like to stand directly on them. Bring the palms of your hands over your heart space at the centre of your chest.
Consciously begin to focus on your breathing, feeling into your inhale and exhale.
As you inhale, begin to draw up elemental earth energy, plus the energy of the Hematite crystals, into your body through the soles of your feet. Anchor the energy into your heart space at the center of your chest.
As your exhale, breathe out through the front of your heart space.
Continue with this breathing cycle. Inhale through the soles of your feet.
Exhale forward through the front of your heart space at the center of your chest.
Continue to engage with your breathing, as you create an energy cycle, which feeds and fuels your connection to your body.
As you continue this cycle of embodied connection, deepen your consciousness into the space between your breaths, between your inhale and exhale.
In this place of stillness, come back to yourself, your core intention for your work and your event. Feel into the clarity and power of what you intend to create.
When you open your eyes, remain anchored into your intention, and consciously choose how you respond to your work from a more empowered place.
PRACTICE TWO: HEART/BRAIN PRACTICE
This is one of my favorite grounding practices, because when I come out of the practice, I always feel comforted and connected to myself and my work in much deeper ways.
This is a great pose to go into if there are decisions that need to be made, or if you need to turn inward for clarity.
Heart/brain pose is the go-to practice to create a sense of internal quiet within yourself to process life, despite what may be going on in your external world.
This beautiful holistic practice combines brain-integration (whole-brain communication), heart-connection and introspection.
As you move through the physical actions of the practice; crossing your arms, interlacing your fingers and bringing them in and under to rest at your heart space, you’re awakening and activating neural pathways in your brain so they switch into whole brain communication.
By resting your hands at your heart center, you’re creating a conscious pathway into your heart chakra; your center of unconditional love and compassion. And, you’re deepening into the seat of your soul – where your infinite wisdom resides.
Extend your arms up and out in front of you
Cross your arms over at your wrists
Turn the palms of your hands to face each other and interlace your fingers
Bend your arms at your elbows, bring your interlaced hands into your body and rest them at the center of your chest, at your heart space.
Close your eyes, and draw the attention of your mind down to your heart space. Breathe deeply into your heart.
Continue in this position for as long as you want to, deepening your conscious attention into the space in between your inhale and exhale.
When you’re ready to come out of this pose, unravel your arms and allow them to rest by your sides.
Open your eyes, and allow your vision to re-adjust before continuing on with your day.
Melissa Farrugia works with self-responsible souls who desire to shift from feeling mentally, emotionally & creatively drained, to feeling deeply connected, inspired and alive in the life they’re living. As a holistic kinesiologist, mentor, writer and speaker, Mel helps people dissolve limiting illusions, perceptions and paradigms, and guides their process of re-connection with, and cultivation of, innate wisdom and power.