Monthly Archives: August 2018

Grounding and Alignment

In the past 12 hours I’ve had two powerful but very different sessions and both have been about grounding and being in alignment. One was a Feminine Power coaching session in person and another an online healing session. 

Grounding is often a buzz word but what does it really mean? I’ve shared before about grounding but today I’d like to talk about practical application – what I actually do.

Studies show how important it is to ‘ground’ – connect our skin to the earth – it reduces inflammation (by 60-70%*) and helps us to heal. So how do we do that? For me, I simply walk barefoot in our garden. It’s something I do regularly as we don’t wear shoes in the house so anytime I’m outside around the house, I’m barefoot.   Likewise, the other day I went to Stanton Drew stone circle which is nearby and stood barefoot in the centre of the stone circle. I love to walk on sand and paddle barefoot in the sea.

We also have a grounding sheet on our bed that’s connected to the house’s earthing system via a plug. I can feel when it’s on as my feet tingle.

My morning alignment practice is to connect in with my body before I get out of bed – I breathe deeply and do a ‘scan’ of my energy and imagine connecting to the earth. This is my way of ensuring my system is in alignment. Once it is, I set my intentions for the day and send Reiki. I might also give myself healing in this space. 

Water – I drink litres throughout the day. Vital for vitality!

Food – I’m curious about whether I’m using food to ground my energy. When I feel scattered and overwhelmed I reach for crisps as my comfort food. How interesting as they grow deep in the earth! When I’m eating organic natural foods I feel so much better – alive, vital and enthusiastic with spare energy. My morning practice for the past few weeks has been to have a quarter of a watermelon when I wake. It revitalises me immediately and sets me up for the day. 

I also wear barefoot shoes – while I can’t connect to the earth through their rubber soles, I am enabling my brain to receive the messages transmitted by my feet about the ground I’m walking on. This enables my body to constantly adjust to the surface and remain in alignment. 

This is just a short blog for now but this is something I’m really passionate about. I’m curious about our disconnect with the earth and our bodies and the daily impact that has on us. 

This week I invite you to touch the earth – soil, grass, sand, rock etc. Even if only for a few minutes. How does that feel? 

Be curious how my suggestion makes you feel… enthused, apprehensive, afraid? Isn’t that interesting! 

Be conscious of the foods you’re eating and how they make you feel.

Drink water!

Gift yourself quiet time to connect to your body and see how you feel.

Try it for a week and see how you feel ….I’d love to hear how you get on x

* Have a look at this 15 minute video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSNnIg2cVjc

To make space, we have to expand

In times of stress, overwhelm and exhaustion we tend to contract. We pull our energy inwards and ‘shut down’ as a way to conserve energy and keep ourselves safe. And that’s good and right in many circumstances. It allows us to recoup our energy, emotional reserves and let our passions etc begin to build again. There’s a lot to be claimed and understood in this still time.

However, what if there was another way? What if the contraction was actually making us small and .. well contracted in our life? On a physical and chemical level closing inward gives us less space – our organs are pushed together as we make ourselves physically small (think hunched over).

To make space we have to expand – claim that space – whether that’s by expanding our body – breathing deeply and expanding our abdomen which enables oxygen to flow everywhere internally with ease, and energetically – breathing out into the space around us – giving ourselves space. In this space we have room to breathe, focus, play and invite in possibilities and options.

Depending on the situation, this may seem a stretch so I invite you to keep an open mind and be curious. Play with expanding when you want to contract. It could be as simple as resisting the urge to curl up in  bed with food and drink and instead choosing to sit with the issue or trigger and breathe. Expand and be curious about what comes to you in the space.

If life feels too small then make it bigger! Breathe, expand, give yourself space – all the space you need.

This week I invite you to notice all the times you contract and expand. What are your triggers? Notice them with love and take a moment to stop and review and then decide what’s best for you.

My space meditation might help you get into expansion.

With love and Blessings

Sam

xx