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What to do When the Swear Jar is Overflowing: Five Fast Ways to Ground Your Energy

Posted By Carolyn on Nov 07, 2016

My kids were screaming at each other and I ended up joining the chorus. It’s been going like this: “It’s too noisy when you practice your clarinet!” “Mom, I can’t find any clean clothes!” “Get out of my room!” and “Don’t touch my Halloween candy.”

I left town for a few days to teach, hoping for a peaceful landing home. But while prepping for my daughter’s birthday party, my washing machine literally exploded spewing water across my basement floor. I wanted to cry.

I didn’t even realize how ungrounded I was—until my kids pointed out the swear jar was full. 

We all have patterns that kick in when we feel ungrounded. We might start to eat more, forget to eat at all, sleep less, drink more wine or coffee, or go on a chocolate binge. We might have more accidents and break things, forget details, or try to blame others for our stress.

We might even swear—and get called out by our kids. Did I mention the swear jar was their idea?

When everything is swirling within and around us, it means the energy is not as grounded as it could be. Perhaps nothing feels stable, consistent, predictable or rooted. In those times we’re in more of an airy, whirling, chaotic energy.

Sometimes we get neck and shoulder issues in this state because all the stress is rising upward—we need to root down. Of course the ground is always beneath us; it’s right there under our feet. But that doesn’t mean we’re connecting to it.

Unlike me, some people are very earthy by nature. I’m not an astrology expert, but I’ve noticed feeling more solid and supported around people who are Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn—the earth signs. I can almost smell the trees and soil around them.

Being a Gemini (an air sign) I have more of a dreamy, spontaneous, and light nature. I have to be careful not to let the swirling of my life and the world, take me “away with the fairies.”

When the swear jar is full, I have to ground.

At this time on the planet we could all use a little grounding through the earth element.

Here are five quick ways to get grounded:

1) Walk on the earth. If possible, take your shoes off and go barefoot so you can really feel the connection.

2) Meditate (even for five minutes) with a crystal, rock, or talisman in your hand. 

3) Practice a grounding yoga sequence like a restorative flow, or a practice with lots of rooting down in the feet and strengthening of the legs.

4) Eat grounding foods like sweet potatoes or other root vegetables.

5) And my personal favorite—get quiet and practice a mudra (yoga in your hands). This one below is perfect for grounding.

            Pran Mudra, the Mudra of Life 

            Pran mudra is a grounding mudra that helps us feel stable, clear, confident,
            and courageous. It helps us start something new, reduces anxiety and fatigue,
            and has been known to improve vision.

            Method: Practice the mudra in both hands. Touch the tips of the thumb,
            ring fingers together. The index and middle finger (peace fingers) are extended
            and touching one another. Imagine your pelvic floor bathed in the colour
            red as you root down into the support of the earth.  

            Affirmation: “I am strong, resilient and clear. I connect with my inner fire and
            feel stable and supported in my life.”

Taking a few moments out of my day to stop, breathe, and ground makes me feel present, clearer, calmer—and lately, richer!

Are you needing more grounding in your life? How do you stay grounded? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Peace, love, and empty jars,
Carolyn Jyoti

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12 Comment(s)

Beverley Burke on November 07, 2016
I liked it an an easy mudra to remember. I’ve never heard you swear
Carolyn Jyoti on November 07, 2016
Ha ha! Turns out I’m not perfect ? love you mom.
Nicole Hambleton on November 07, 2016
Hi! Thank you so much for your honest blog today. It helped me remember the "Sisterhood of Moms" out there who grapple and flounder like I sometimes do. I too am Gemini and can feel ungrounded at times. I took some time to lay on the earth today...incredible. I really appreciate the mudra. All good things, Nicole
Carolyn Jyoti on November 07, 2016
Nicole - your comment is so lovely. I too feel so empowered by the sisterhood of vulnerable and honest moms!
kathryn on November 07, 2016
Very helpful! Thank you for the reminders and the mudra. I love that you provided the visual aid, as I had it all wrong before scrolling to the picture! Lol As a Gemini myself, I can totally relate to floating about, "looking for the fairies". I’m going to add this mudra and your suggestions to my much needed practice (especially there something in the air)? Thank you so much! :)
Carolyn Jyoti on November 07, 2016
Hi Kathryn - Thanks for joining the conversation. I am so glad the grounding practices and pic are helpful. It certainly feels like I need to make more of an effort to ground myself at this time!
Gabby on November 08, 2016
Even as a Taurus I’ve been feeling a little "whirly twirly" so I’m excited to have this mudra in my back pocket for when I get can’t my feet in the grass. Love you Mama C!!! xoxo
Carolyn Joyti on November 08, 2016
Ananda! We can all feel a little whirly twirly at times can’t we? Love you too! xo
Brenda on November 12, 2016
Thanks for the reminders - wow, they are so helpful for me right now with all the chaos and emotions. I use Meditation and a Restorative pose or 2 to help me get more grounded. I will try the mudra esp. when I can’t get to my mat. thank you! Love B.
Carolyn Jyoti on November 12, 2016
Brenda! Thank you. It’s so great to have so many great ways to ground - my mat is calling my name after this week! xo
Shakti on November 13, 2016
Amazing blog Carolyn. A perfect reminder to tune in and offer yourself what you may need. With year end coming and even though I am a Taurus feeling like the world around me is swirling around me. I am grateful to have nature as my backyard and that has helped ground me recently but the mudra is perfect for when I am not able to get on my mat or into my woods. xo Shakti
Carolyn Jyoti on November 30, 2016
Shakti, I love how grounding it is to step into nature too and can just see you in your woods! Enjoy the mudra. xo

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