Meditation...or rather GROUNDING
There are so many images that come to mind when you talk about meditation. Sitting on a mountain
or a hill, in complete quiet and stillness for hours on end, being so spiritual that nothing can affect
you...and it is something that is unobtainable for the vast majority of us.
But that is wildly inaccurate!
Meditation is one of the most easily available ways of relieving stress and finding calm and the good
news is that you don’t need to be a tie dye wearing hippy to experience its benefits. Bringing the
mind and body into a more relaxed state is critical to clear decision making, efficiency and
productivity. You don’t need to have a zen space to do it in and you can be anywhere, at anytime to
I like to refer to meditation as GROUNDING, connecting with the body, being conscious of my
breathing, absorbing the space around me and dropping into the earth energy. And with a little
practice, this process becomes second nature.
What are the benefits of Grounding?
From a physical sense, when you are stressed you are in your fight or flight response, the one that
floods your body with cortisol, the stress hormone. Having higher rates of cortisol then results in
cytokines being produced, a chemical that promotes inflammation. This can then cause an increase
in blood pressure, an inability to sleep restfully, an increase in depression and anxiety and a flare up
of bowel, stomach and other issues.
But its not just the physical that stress affects. When we are in fight or flight, we lose our ability to
think clearly and lose our productivity as we are constantly on alert for danger. So our cognitive
facility is very much reduced...so we don’t make rational decisions, our responses are dulled and we
are not working at our potential.
Grounding / Meditation has been the subject of many studies and no one can deny that it is
successful in reducing stress, anxiety, depression. However, we don’t often talk about how grounding
can increase your potential and help you get to where you want to be. Grounding is a practice of self
enquiry, dropping into the body, giving space to thoughts and feelings and taking that step back to
get the bigger picture rather than being ruled by our emotions. For example, self-inquiry meditation
explicitly aims to help you develop a greater understanding of yourself and how you relate to those
Other forms teach you to recognize thoughts that may be harmful or self-defeating. The idea is that
as you gain greater awareness of your thought habits, you can steer them toward more constructive
patterns. This then enables you to create new narratives and you retrain the brain to allow you to
reach your full potential and move away from negativity and old programmes.
If you are interested in finding out about how grounding can help you, please get in touch via the
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