Life has a way of sometimes lifting me off my feet and tossing and turning me through my days. This past week has been one of those times… potent energies currently - Mercury retrograde and New Moon Eclipse. With Mercury going retrograde this is a great time to do all the re- things – renew, review, remember, revise, realize, etc.
Fortunately there are tools to help bring us back to our bodies if our energies start to rise upward. The mind is a powerful tool when kept in check but sometimes I find, especially around the dark moon that my shadows can take over for a time and my mind starts a whirling and a twirling. In that case I’m grateful for the following techniques that bring me back home to my body and the earth.
Ways to get grounded:
· Lay on the earth for 15 minutes with head facing North
· Walk barefoot on the earth or just take a walk immersed in nature
· Practice Yoga
· Practice Mudras and Mantras
Mudras are gestures that direct the flow of energy through the body. Often they are expressed through the hands although there are full body mudras as well. I like to think of them as switching up your energetic highways to cultivate certain qualities you’d like to bring into your life.
This week I’ve been practicing Prithvi Mudra, a hand gesture that supports the earth element. It helps to cultivate greater awareness of the body, our connection to the earth. It supports the skeletal, nervous and digestive systems, bringing a deep sense of connection and relaxation.
To do this mudra, find a comfortable seated position, touch the thumb and ring finger together and stretch the other fingers out. Rest your hands on your legs or knees. Relax your muscles and feel into the sitz bones at the base of the pelvis. Imagine each sitz bone is a tiny foot grounded on the earth. Feel the skeletal structure supporting your upright position. Find greater ease through a mantra or a simple phrase you can repeat to calm the body. Energy follows thought so a simple suggestion to your body can create that quality.
I am present in my body; I feel ease, calmness and deep relaxation.
Practice this mudra for 3-10 minutes and I’m pretty sure you will feel something. Let me know how this works for you.