Another harvest moon, another autumn equinox, another beautiful fall season. Not only do the trees change their colors and prepare for the fall, people have to adjust their energy and prepare for the fall. The “hustle and bustle” of the summer has passed (although the weather is still fantastically sunny) and now we begin to settle in order to prepare for the winter months (where we store the energy until the spring). Fall is also when we change our diets and food patterns – from the crisp salads and cool foods of summer – to comfort foods, root vegetables, pumpkins, and slow cooked spicy foods. We eat these rooted and grounded foods to prepare for our “hibernation” before the spring, as we tend to be less active in the winter. Also important is to incorporate some grounding exercises to connect us to the earth and dispel (or discharge, ie. grounding in physics terms) the nervous energy accumulated from the summer and start of the school/work year once again.
Grounding helps us balance our moods, our energy, and our thoughts, and is great to do if you are feeling over stressed, anxious, nervous, or fatigued.
Below are some grounding tips that you can easily incorporate into your every day life (and will help you calm and relax into the gentle energy of the fall).
1. Be one with the trees. Actually being near trees or around anything rooted into the ground will influence your energy and automatically calm/ground you. A simple meditation trick is to pretend roots are growing from your spine into the earth and you send out all the negativity (ie negative charge) into the earth and away from you. A great one for anxious thoughts.
2. Barefoot in the earth. So this one is difficult in the winter (obviously), but being near earth or walking on earth helps us ground. A great one in the fall is to walk on grass in the morning when it’s dewy. It’s a great way to charge our energy and start the day.
3. Root veggies – turnips, parsnips, taro, potatoes, carrots, etc. I think this is why people love to eat potatoe chips to try and relax and dispel stress (that and the salt helps recharge your adrenal glands). When I need to be grounded (especially when I’m doing reiki or energy work), I eat nuts as an instant grounder and energy boost.
4. Interaction with nature and people. When we feel listened too (even if the object is inanimate), we feel relieved and lighter, like a weight has been lifted from us. That’s because we have offloaded the stress (negative charge) and have grounded and feel balanced again. Side note – if you are interacting with a friend whom is discharging themselves, create a boundary or “bubble” so you don’t absorb their stress (release it to the earth).
Embrace the change of the season! We all “Fall” to the ground sometimes, but we get back up with renewed energy and hope. Happy grounding everyone!