Grounding is the foundation of our security. By connecting with the surfaces around us, we can recenter ourselves and feel rooted to the present moment.
GROUNDING LIKE A TREE
With your feet firmly planted on the ground, notice your body, starting from the bottom of your foot, to your legs, all the way to the top of your head. Notice the security of gravity pulling you into one spot. All distractions fade and you can be fully in the present moment, anchored to this one place and time.
We can ground using blankets, books, pets, stuffed animals, or even another person. Is holding hands comforting? Does your child like to sit by you? All of these things provide weight and pressure-notice how this weight is connected with yourself, and if this brings a sense of comfort during stressful times.
Sometimes we cannot stop all that we are doing to practice grounding. Wherever you are, you can place your hands in your lap, or on a surface near by, and notice the texture, temperature, and weight of your hands on the surface. This skill you can do without anyone else knowing your centering yourself.