Let’s Get Grounded: Growing Roots

I had so much fun writing that toe-wiggling post that I’ve decided to keep giving you fun things to try. These may be things that have helped me move through a bad mood, things that help keep me centred in my body, or just things that are fun. We’ll see how it goes.

Today, let’s talk about growing roots.

Growing what? Meg, darling, a human being can’t grow roots. We’re not trees.

Yes, I’m aware that we’re not trees. But we can still grow roots. The first step is to take your shoes off. Go ahead, slip them off. And your socks too. Feel your bare feet on the floor, my darlings (once you’re done reading, and assuming it’s warm enough, I highly suggest taking this one outside on some grass).

Soften your knees: make sure they’re relaxed, and not hyper-extended. It should feel good. Now take a deep breath in and sigh, relaxing your shoulders.

And bring your attention to the soles of your feet. Feel them against the floor. Feel how the floor supports you. Wiggle your toes, if you feel like it, and say hello to the floor. Focus your attention downwards.

Now…imagine that there are roots sprouting from the soles of your feet. They break through the floor beneath you, and they keep going. If you’re on the second floor of your house, picture them growing down through the first floor, through the basement, through the foundations, and into the ground, spreading out wide just like a tree’s roots do.

Imagine that you’re a tree, and your roots anchor you to the ground, keeping you steady, supporting and nourishing you. Take a few deep breaths, feeling what it’s like to be rooted. Your awareness is in your body, and your body is fully grounded.

This is a common exercise for Reiki practitioners before treatments, because grounding helps you stay rooted in your own space and energy while you work on someone else. I’ve also used this one at the start of dance classes, to help students really inhabit their bodies. It can make a huge difference.

As you move through your day, keep going back to that image. You’re a tree, and you’re supported and nourished by your roots. See how it feels. Let me know how it goes.


6 thoughts on “Let’s Get Grounded: Growing Roots”

  1. This is common imagery for basic level yoga classes, too (I can’t speak to more advanced classes & styles) and I always find it so restful. It’s remembering to do it that is hard for me. I might try this with the kids next week. You never know, they might like to pretend they are trees. 🙂

    1. Yeah, I have a really hard time remembering to do it too. Why is it SO hard to do the things that help us?!
      I’m not surprised it’s in yoga classes too…it’s SO helpful (when you actually do it) 😉

      Let me know how it goes with the kids! 😀

  2. Yes, this visualization helps me stay balance in standing yoga postures, especially, duh, Tree Pose! To give more life to the pose, I’ll imagine water running from the “roots” up through my foot, ankle, knee, thigh, and then all throughout my body. It’s amazing how a little mental imagery really helps the body expand!

  3. Ooh! Water! That’s a great one! I hadn’t thought of that!

    Here’s a related one: For intense Reiki work, we visualize the roots growing down to the core of the earth, and then earth energy running back up and circling around each chakra. By the end of it, you’re anchored to the ground by seven cords of energy.

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