The 7 Paths to Grounding


“Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare

A little while ago I had a full blown panic attack.

The kind that’s not for the faint of heart.

The kind that leaves you literally breathless and gasping desperately for air.

Accompanied by a feeling in your chest that can only be compared to a great boa, slowly constricting tighter and tighter.

Inch by inch squeezing a little bit more, a little bit harder until you’re sure that you’ll die from the pain and the panic.

The kind that sends tears streaming down your cheeks, no matter how hard you try to keep them at bay.

That send a flurry of illogical thoughts swirling around inside your mind.

Faster and faster, like a category F5 tornado.

You know there will be irreparable damage left behind in its wake.

But, let me back up a little bit.

Let me take you to the beginning…to the cause of this suffering.

Two weeks ago I found a small mass in my body, where there was none before.

This was the start of the tornado…F1 stage.

I went to my doctor, who confirmed it seemed out of place and requested that I go to the hospital for further testing.

Skip F2 and go straight to F3.

I have a long history of cancer in my family, so obviously that has to be what the mass was.

F4.

My mind refused to follow logic and reason, but instead jumped from A to Z, leaving out all of the important steps in between.

You know, the ones that are like, “Don’t freak out until you have all the facts!”

Yeah, those had all flown out the window around F2 and I spent most of the day hovering between F3 and F4.

By nightfall, I finally tried to relax enough to sleep but the exact opposite occurred.

As I laid there in my bed, my mind kept spinning faster and faster, completely and utterly out of control.

Enter: F5.

Full and complete breakdown.

Complete with panic, hyperventilation, tears and all that goes with a category F5 thought-tornado.

At the apex of this internal storm, I had an out of body experience, of sorts.

My mind and my heart split away from the entangled mess that they had gotten themselves into and I could see what was happening.

My heart started screaming to my mind, “You need to ground! You need to ground!”

I let my heart take over, and from that moment I remembered and followed my pathway to grounding.

Grounding is the act of bringing your awareness back into your body.

It is the nature of the human species to use our minds as tools to progress our lives and our evolution forward.

The creative and ingenuitive way that our minds work has propelled our species forward at unprecedented rates.

The evolution of man is quite staggering if you look at all that humans have accomplished in a relatively short span of time.

From living in caves and harnessing the power of fire and the creation of the first primitive tools, to splitting atoms and creating artificial intelligence.

It’s pretty amazing what we can do when we put our minds to it.

But the downside to having such a creative and powerful mind is that we associate it with our identity.

Often times we believe that we are solely our minds.

That our being is equal to our ability to think.

This is beautifully demonstrated in the famous quote by the philosopher, Descartes:

“I think, therefore I am.”

But what, I can only assume, Descartes did not realize, is that quite the opposite is true.

Our minds are a tool for us to use.

It’s important to remember to let the tool rest and recharge when we aren’t using it for productive action.

When our identity is resting completely on what we think, we allow separation to enter our reality.

When this happens, we fall into states of being ungrounded.

Although being in an ungrounded state will look and feel different to everyone, below are some of the most common symptoms.

Harboring feelings of:

  • Unease

  • Overwhelm

  • Stress

  • Anger

  • Trauma

  • Panic

  • Emotionally or Mentally Drained

  • Being Overworked

  • Dizziness

  • Daydreaming

  • Feeling Spaced Out