We've all had those moments, when we've walked into a house and it felt really good. On the flip side, some places we go can feel over stimulating and out-of-sorts. It's important to note, the places that feel good, are grounded.
There are many ways to ground a space -- but first let's talk about what exactly a grounded space is? -- it's a space that feels connected to the earth/nature/the natural rhythms of the planet and your body's optimal health.
A grounded space should feel steady and calm. It's not about how close you can live to the physical ground (though that does sometimes help), it's about creating a space that moves you out of your head and into your body.
A grounded space allows you to come home to yourself.
So what factors contribute to UN-grounding a space? It's usually the cumulative effect of many factors that unground a space ...
Highly reflective/shiny surfaces
Sound vibrations and echoes bouncing off walls
Probably the most ungrounded space would be a busy shopping mall ... in contrast, a forest is super grounded.
So what if you live in the city and are surrounded by the whiz of urban life? You don't have to leave the city to be in a grounded space. Here are our top ways for turning your urban space into a grounded sanctuary.
Grounding Your Home ...
Opt For Natural Furnishings - Where possible, use natural materials in your home such as ceramics, wood, stone, cotton, wool etc. because everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, throws off an energy. Remember -- a grounded space is as close to nature as possible.
Bring Plants Inside -- This should be an obvious one, but many people are unaware that plants give off an electromagnetic field that interacts with our bodies electromagnetic field, calming and grounding us. Rad.
Add Sound Absorption - For spaces with echoes and/or sound vibrations, add objects that absorb sound like cushions, lined curtains, throws and rugs etc.
Minimise Reflective Objects And Surfaces - Natural light is good but too much light bouncing off shiny objects can be over stimulating ... in Chinese terms it's too "Yang" (strong/active). Where possible, minimise shiny surfaces and place reflective objects away from direct sunlight.
Avoid Fluorescent Lighting - Fluorescent lighting disturbs our bodies circadian rhythms confusing our sleep cycle. If you have Fluorescent lighting, try using a lamp at night or let your house go dark naturally as the sun goes down.
Earthing Mats - Yes these are a thing, you can place these under your desk or on your bed and they will earth you. Find earthing mats here.
Some items, though not specially ungrounding, can really throw off a space ...
Chemicals can unground a space by disturbing its natural rhythm -- Think of times you've felt "light headed" from an air freshener or detergent. The key is to buy natural and use sparingly.
Clutter (though not specifically ungrounding) can throw a room off in a big way - Stagnant energy or negative Chi builds up around clutter, so keep your space tidy and give objects room to breath.
Want to take Grounding further?
Create a space on the floor to ground yourself daily -- Gather a "nest" of items such as a rug, some cushions or a throw and layer them neatly.
Next add something that brings your focus down to the ground, this can be a large black stone, some plant clippings, tea or candles ... basically anything you can focus on that brings your attention out of your head and down to the ground/back into your lower body. Remember, energy flows where your attention goes, focus is key.
We recommend grounding yourself daily.