Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Grounding Your Body & Space

 Grounding Your Body & Space
So many of us this time of year are thrown off balance. The weather is cold (of course depending upon where you live), and the frenetic pace from the holidays has taken its toll. Follow these simple techniques to center and ground your body and space.

1. Remove the holiday decorations. Take your time with this process and make sure you have a designated place for these items. Utilize a labeling system  so next year when it is time to pull the decorations out it will be simple. 

2.  Give your space the once over. In other words, take this opportunity to clean your house with natural products and then do a basic space clearing. For example, light an incense stick and let it burn in the main part of your home. Then ring a chime or bell throughout your home to break up any heavy energy. Finish off by spraying some pure essential oils in each room. During the process think about what you would like to achieve for the new year. Even if it is simply to spend more time with family and friends.

3. Place a few stones in a ceramic dish or bowl and place them towards the center of your home. Earth elements have a very grounding effect. The earth element also represents transformation, so perhaps you may think about what needs transforming in your life.

4. Move your diet towards root vegetables. These have a stabilizing quality about them. They are more yin in quality and calming.

5. Begin a meditation routine. Start with 5 minutes of quiet time in the morning and at night. Make sure you turn off any distractions. This is YOU time.

6. Incorporate an exercise routine that moves between yin and yang activities. For example, cardio conditioning moves towards a yang activity whereas yoga or qi gong is a yin activity. Should you choose yoga, then concentrate on standing asanas (poses) like warriors, triangle pose, side angle, goddess, or mountain pose. All of these poses engage the root chakra (muladhara) and offer a strong grounding effect. When performing these poses recite the affirmation, "I am always safe at the center of my being."

These are just a few things you can do to realign your body and space. Start slowly and enjoy the process.

Mary Jane Kasliner - Feng Shui Master & Yogi