Getting Grounded: Re-Possession & Embodiment

June 7, 2016 § 4 Comments

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“It was when I stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole.”  ~ Rupi Kaur

What does it mean to be grounded? We say it when we wish to describe someone who is very present, who seems steadily rooted in what is real—not flying off into some obscure mental space.

There is a spectrum of disassociation. On the one hand, we have Disassociative Identity Disorder, and on the other we have the common occurrence of zoning out for ten minutes of freeway driving, or losing ourselves to internal thoughts while someone is talking to us.


Groundedness is contagious. When we speak to someone who is very present, we find our own roots deepening.

Learning how to ground ourselves—and remembering to dip into our toolkit—is the most immediate respite from anxiety. It is essential in the mad rush of modern life. And it can be just a few centering thoughts away!

I would like to share with you a video blog post by my inspiring friend, trained transformational coach Alisha Westerman—she’s got some fantastic tips on the subject!

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§ 4 Responses to Getting Grounded: Re-Possession & Embodiment

  • Rod says:

    Nice post, Tai.

    I agree that to be grounded is to be present. When you are present in your daily life, you are free from the emotional storm. It’s not that emotions are bad, it’s that you should not be ruled by them. I’m sure you know someone who always seems to be going through some crisis.

    Often being present is to be the observer. The observer is actually talked about in Quantum Mechanics (QM). In fact, there is an interpretation in QM that says the observer creates reality and that human consciousness is the site of the wave function collapse. But, that’s a larger topic.

    Here’s something I do each day to teach myself to be present. I walk twice a day (morning and evening) and repeat phrases to myself, while focusing on every word. Some people would call these phrases “affirmations.” That’s okay. But, what I have noticed from doing it steadily over a period of years is that you are more present throughout your day. And that benefits everything in your life. It’s the only reason I keep doing it.

    That’s what think of as being grounded.

    • Tai Carmen says:

      Thanks for the interesting comment, Rod. I love that you’re bringing in quantum physics—and what a great tie-in, the observer effect! Great point.

      I am a huge walker as well. I’ll have to try your technique of grounding intentions!

      Thanks for being part of the conversation & for sharing your insights.

      On on,


  • Thank you for this Tai, I found it very helpful. As often seems to be the case when I read your posts, you released this at exactly the time I needed it most; as I have been very un-grounded lately. So I appreciate Alisha’s advice!

    • Tai Carmen says:

      I’m so pleased to hear this, Josh. 🙂

      Thank you for telling me. I do try to tune into what my sphere of influence needs most to hear and be reminded of…so I am so happy to hear that this article did that for you.

      On on!


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