In light of this global pandemic, we need to find ways to ground ourselves.
But, what does grounding mean?
Grounding can refer to two things:
- Being present in your body
- Feel connected to the Earth
Or let’s put it another way.
Removing the excess of energy that we send out in the non-physical dimension is called grounding.
When we focus on pulling our energy into our physical body, we allow it to move freely through our root chakra. And then we feel fully present in our bodies.
In situations of fear, uncertainty or stress, grounding yourself can help to pull you out of those negative thoughts and bring you back into the stability and safety of the present moment.
Whether you are feeling stressed, triggered, upset, overwhelmed or angry, these practices will help to ground yourself.
5 WAYS TO GROUND YOURSELF
1. Walk barefoot on grass, sand, dirt or any natural surface. Also called Earthing, this practice has been a scientifically proven to:
When we make direct contact with the ground, whether walking, sitting, lying down or practising yoga, the energy of the Earth travels up to our bodies and we feel grounded.
2. Use colours. The colour red vibrates at a similar frequency as the energy of grounding and as a result, being surrounded by red-coloured objects will help you feel rooted. Brown is another colour that may influence your vibration to feel grounded because of the similarity with the colour of the ground. Try wearing red clothes or stones, such as Carnelian or black Tourmaline, to activate the energy and support the Root chakra.
3. Grounding visualizations and meditation. One of the visualizations that work for me is sitting in lotus position with my eyes closed and doing belly breathing for a few minutes until I feel relax.
Then, in every inhalation, I imagine a radiant beam of white light (you can visualize it in red colour to support the Root chakra) expanding along my spine in every inhale.
Once I visualise my whole body glowing white light, I imagine thousands of roots descending from my root chakra into the core of the Earth, pulling me down with strength, and connecting me with the energy of the earth.
You can find plenty of guided meditations for grounding online. I always recommend Insight Timer, a smartphone phone with thousands of free guided meditations and courses for grounding, reduce stress, remove emotional blockages, improve sleep, and much more.
4. Practice yoga asanas for the root chakra.
There are many yoga poses that can help to bring us back to our bodies and makes us feel secure and safe.
The following three asanas will especially create a deep connection between your body and the earth.
To feel even more rooted, try visualising prana (the chi energy), as a red light moving from the ground up through your feet and legs and flowing into your root chakra.
Eat plenty of root vegetables. Foods that grow deep within the earth will transfer the grounding energy to your body and therefore, will help you to feel more grounded and protected. Some examples of root vegetables are potatoes, parsnips, carrots, radishes or beets.
Learn more about foods for the Root chakra here.
VEGETARIAN BEETROOT PATTIES
Beetroot is probably the food with the highest vibrational frequency for grounding among all the root vegetables since they are grown within the earth, and carry the vibration of the red colour.
HOW CAN YOU GET THE BEST FROM BEETROOT?
Eat it fresh. You can grate beetroot and add it to your salad for a crunchy texture. It’s the best way to maximise its nutritional properties.
Juice it. Studies have shown that beetroot juice can lower blood pressure within an hour of drinking.
Combine it. Adding carrots either in salad or juices will boost your energy and support the digestive system among other benefits.
And now my favourite beetroot patties recipe ever! I don’t think I can thank Green Kitchen Stories enough for having come up with this recipe!
These super cute beetroot patties are packed with deliciousness, and are an excellent choice for a light lunch along with a green salad, or wrapped in mushroom buns for dinner.
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VEGETARIAN BEETROOT PATTIES
- 4-5 beetroots grated
- 1 small onion roughly chopprf
- 1 clove garlic
- 150 g rolled oats gluten free if needed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 200 g low salt feta cheese
- 1 handful fresh basil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 8 small portobello mushrooms caps
- 2 handful mixed green salad
- 1 small avocado diced (optional)
- Place the grated beetroots, onion and garlic in a large bowl. Add the rolled oats, olive oil and eggs and mix with a fork until well combined. Add the feta cheese, basil, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Set aside for about 30 minutes, to allow the mix to set.
- Meanwhile, clean the mushroom cups and brush them with olive oil. Place the “buns” in the oven grill and let them cook until heated through around 8 minutes.
- While the "buns" are in the grill, form 8 patties with your hands, place them in a large baking sheet and grill for a couple of minutes on each side. TIP: If the mixture is to wet, add some more oats(ground almond works well too).
- When the patties are cooked, transfer them to a large serving plate and wrap them between two mushrooms buns. Serve with mixed green salad, tomatoes or diced avocado!