Busy, busy, busy. Gotta do this, remember that, go there. Worry worry worry. What about him? What about her? That situation. What if?
If these or other patterns of thought run through your mind, if you feel there isn’t enough time or too much to do, if you worry intensely for other people: all of these things can affect the quality of your physical connection to the earth, your groundedness. When we are not grounded, we are not connected to either the planet or to our godselves. This connection or disconnection is often played out through our feet.
It’s important to pay attention to the way our feet stand on the earth. Our bodies connect to the planet through our feet. Therefore, we are more grounded and present when we are conscious about that connection. When we are not aware of the quality of our connection to the earth, then we are less aware of our spirits, of our inner wisdom, of ourselves.
To begin to notice the connection you hold with the earth, try this. Notice right now where your feet are as you are reading this. If you are sitting at a desk, where are your feet? Do you have them tucked up under your bottom, or wrapped around you chair legs? Conscious connection begins with feet flat on the floor. The more you train your body to sit this way, the more grounded you will be.
So, your feet are probably flat on the floor at this point in your reading. Allow yourself to become aware of the way your feet feel as they rest on the floor. Are you wearing shoes? Are the shoes comfortable and in the best interest of your physical body, or are they ego wear? Notice how your feet are flattened. Do they rest with just the tips of their toes on the floor? Is your chair too tall? Are your feet so solid on the ground that your whole body can feel the connection?
Imagine that your feet are resting on warm sand.
Imagine that your feet are deep in warm mud.
Take off your shoes and socks, in reality or in your imagination.
Imagine that the soles of your feet are flowers. See the flowers blossom, open wide, and then shut for the night. Practice seeing the flowers open wide and close down. Leave them open when you are done practicing.
Breathe into your feet. Send them love and appreciation. Then, as you walk, remember to consider your feet and walk mindfully on the ground, whatever ground it is that you are walking on.
Blessings on your path,