When we’re navigating change or when things are tumultuous in our lives, one of the first things that can disappear is our sense of grounding, our connection with our bodies and quite literally, the ground beneath our feet.
Have you ever walked somewhere without noticing how you got there, or driven a few blocks and not even noticed the scenery passing?
We disassociate from our bodies all the time, spending so much of our lives in our heads. We worry about the future, stress over the past, wish, hope, dream, fret. It’s not that those things are bad in and of themselves, but we can’t experience a joyful life if we’re forever somewhere else other than this present moment. And this tendency to be disconnected from our bodies and the present moment is particularly strong when we’re in transition, when things are moving fast in our lives.
To bring a sense of physical connection and presence with your grounding, try this practice on for size. The practice comes from Anodea Judith’s work on chakras as I have found her exercises for the first chakra to be particularly effective in establishing a sense of connection to our body and to our sense of stability and security. As she says about the necessity of being deeply connected to our root:
“To lose our connection with the body is to become spiritually homeless. Without an anchor we float aimlessly, battered by the winds and waves of life” (from Eastern Body Western Mind).
This practice works on strengthening that connection, to connect your spirit with your body in a way that gives your spirit a physical form so that you can more fully show up in the world the way you want to. Being present in this way is what allows us to actually make shit happen!
Try this practice with a partner if you feel comfortable, or on your own if you prefer. You can also try it once with a partner, once without.
If with a partner:
Stand opposite one another, and allow yourself to feel connected to the earth. Each time you say the statement below, your partner will physically push you to see if you move from your position. Say the same sentence each time, but change the emphasis from the first word to the next, and so on:
I am in here.
I AM in here.
I am IN here.
I am in HERE.
Notice what the experience is like each time you say the phrase. Is your partner more able to move you when the emphasis is on certain words? Is there a difference in how stable and grounded you feel depending on which way you say it? Does the stability build, or lose strength? Observe your experience as you say the statement, and if you like, note your feelings and observations in a journal.
If by yourself, do the practice the same way but without the physical interaction with a partner. Each time you say the phrase, see how you feel in your body. Are there sensations, colors, images? Does it differ depending on the emphasis, or are they all the same? Observe and note your experience in a journal.
I’d love to hear what you think, whether this practice was helpful for you. Please share your comments below or post them on our Facebook page here!