Currently most of the global population is grounded in one spot and aren’t allowed to venture far from home. Some refer to it as sheltering-in-place and it’s an intervention thought to reduce potential harm from the spread of the coronavirus. Although there is much grumbling about this curbing of freedom, I’m also hearing people say how much they appreciate not having to move around so much.
I find it interesting to consider how this idea of sheltering-in-place, being rooted in a specific time and place, can be beneficial for our wellbeing beyond just the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Rootedness or grounding connects us to the present moment. It pulls us into our physical experience of right now, and in the process, creates a sense of ease in the mind and stability in the body. Grounding creates calm, eliminates stress, and reminds us of who we are by diverting our attention from thinking towards a feeling of homeliness in our own bodies.
We put so much of our energy into planning, rationalizing, judging, worrying and regretting that we often lose touch with reality and the fact that we are a part of something so much bigger than the limited stories we tell about ourselves. The process of grounding is an invitation to trust that we are and will be supported. It’s a reminder of our deep connection to the earth beneath us, and the power it has to affect the way we think, feel and express ourselves.
So how do we actually achieve a sense of grounding? Great question. One of the best ways I know is through yoga. Below is a video with a yoga sequence to help you back into your body and breath and back into this goodness of this moment. Enjoy!