Sound Moves #4

Keep Your Feet On The Ground!

Tripping up is easy. We all do it, in  many different ways. I tripped up twice yesterday, once with my words and once with my feet! If you want to stay grounded, try this simple technique. Yawn the soles of your feet into the ground, as you stand, walk and talk. Notice the immediate alteration in your posture and how your skeleton actually shifts position. It helps with clumsiness and confidence, as you feel stronger and more connected and centred. I would say it’s a sound move…

Here’s an extract from an interesting article I found online, the link is at the end if you want to know more.

Walking.  Walking slowly and deliberately is very helpful for centering and grounding.  Think about your feet as you walk and send your energy into the earth with each slow, deliberate step. If helpful, imagine you are being pulled along when you walk by a magnet hidden under the earth. Another way is to imagine you weigh 500 pounds and each of your steps crushes the earth beneath your feet.  Another idea is to imagine your foot is like a large suction cup that spreads out as it attaches deep into the ground.

An ancient walking method is at times called tai chi walking or chi-kung walking.  Imagine that a wire or string is connected to the crown of your head, holding up your head.  Imagine the rest of your body hanging loosely from this wire.  This will help you stand in a relaxed manner. Bend both knees a little and stay low throughout your walk.

Place all your weight on one foot.  Lift the other one slowly and step forward gently and firmly.  Do not straighten the knee completely.  If you do, your head will bob up, which completely disconnects you from the earth.  This is the opposite of what you are wanting to do.  Keep your weight on the back foot when you step forward.  It will feel uncomfortable at first, because most people fall into their steps.  So practice this part a number of times slowly until you can step forward without moving your weight forward.

Next, slowly shift your weight forward and down onto the front foot.  When all your weight is on the front foot, you may then repeat the process, lifting the rear leg and taking your next step.  You must start very slowly until this style of walking becomes a habit.  Some do this instinctively or unconsciously.

Most people, especially those who are not grounded, will have difficulty at first and it will take time to master.  It is well worth the effort, however.  This is the way all animals move in the wild.  Observe your cat and you will notice this exact sequence of movement if you look closely enough.  It is a survival mechanism for animals, as it allows them to test the ground before they place their weight there.  It also helps their strength and balance.

Grounding is often about “testing the ground” before you move forward in order to stay strong and balanced.  So this technique is a metaphor for grounding as well as a useful way to move through the world. Be sure you do not bob your head up and down when you step, as most people do.  This is the “Gomer Pyle walk”, the opposite of grounding.


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