Sunday, August 3, 2008

We don't always have time for a full grounding meditation. Here are some ways to bring ourselves back into our bodies that I have found helpful.

*Rock back on your heels. Best done barefoot, you can also do this in sneakers, flat-heeled boots (cowboy boots are fine), and any flat shoes. Stand up straight and rock back very gently until you can feel the very back of the bottom of your heel. Take a deep breath. You've connected to your feet.

*Take a deep breath, and imagine on the exhale that there's a line going from your root chakra all the way down the back of your legs. The line stops at the grounding point mentioned above.

*Notice your belly. Are you holding it in? If so, take a deep breath, and on the exhale, release your belly. Feel the bottom of it, sitting just above your pubic line.

*If you're sitting down, rock very gently back and forth on your bottom. On the inner edge, just outside the root chakra, are two protrusions from your pelvic bones. In yoga, these are called the sitz (or sit) bones. Bring your awareness to the point where these bones are contacting your chair or seat.

Practiced regularly, these quick grounding exercises can increase your feeling of being in your body.