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How To Ground Yourself Spiritually

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Life throws us so many bullets that we find ourselves having to dodge. When you are in a state of frazzled energy, your mind, emotions, body, and spirit have a hard time functioning in alignment.


In order to get yourself back to the zero point, or complete alignment, you must ground your energy. According to MindBodyGreen, the act of grounding yourself "means that you're present in your body and connected and balanced no matter what's going on around you."

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Many people have heard of the phrase "grounding yourself", but don't fully realize exactly how to do it. Grounding requires raising your vibration to a frequency where everything levels out, and you can be still and present in the now. This article will list some tips you can use to raise your vibration and ground your energy.

Just Breathe

As simple as it sounds, one way to ground yourself into the earth is to breathe. Start by taking a deep breath in through your nose, completely filling your lungs with air and inflating your belly. As you breathe in, allow the air to soothe any anxiety or nerves in your entire body. On your exhale, push all of the breath out through your mouth, pulling your stomach into your diaphragm. Imagine yourself letting any energetic toxins out through your lips.

I like to also breathe in and out of each chakra separately. This activates the chakras and gives each energetic spinning vortex a whirl. Repeat the process above whilst imagining the breath entering and leaving each chakra. This technique is best to do when you are in a high pressure environment and you need to isolate yourself for a moment to ground.

Practicing Pranayama exercises and poses are also a very effective way to channel your chi energy. Read up on pranayama exercises and poses, breathing techniques and sequences here at YogaJournal.com.

Hug A Tree Or Spend Time In Nature

I know it sounds like I'm about to lead a Barney and Friends singalong, but hugging a tree works wonders when it comes to grounding your energy. Trees are living beings that are literally rooted into Mother Earth. Since we are all a part of one collective energy force, hugging a tree immediately re-establishes your connection to earth. When you hug a tree, imagine the exchange of energy that is occurring. Allow that energy to enter your body as you send love and gratitude back to the tree.

In your mind's eye, visualize the respiration that is responsible for the carbon dioxide that leaves your body and is released into the tree. As you breathe in, visualize the oxygen that the tree is transferring to you.

If tree-hugging isn't your thing, laying in the grass while meditating is another way to connect to nature. You can also swim in a natural body of water, or bury your toes into the sand on the beach. As long as you're imagining an energetic connection to the earth in that present moment, you are grounding your energy.

Meditate Daily

Meditation is a wonderful way to ground your energy. Give yourself at least 20 to 30 minutes a day. This will only work if you are in a peaceful, uninterrupted environment. Close your eyes, take several deep breaths in and out, and imagine yourself climbing down a ladder, deep down into the core of the earth.

Once your body is in a calm state, and all of your muscles are completely relaxed, imagine a serene earthly paradise filled with waterfalls, greenery, mountains, crystal clear lakes, and peaceful animals. Feel a cool breeze, and hear the joyful sounds of nature.

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Once you are here, imagine a gold liquid light engorging your body from your root chakra all the way up to you crown chakra. You should feel heavy and divinely anchored. Now start to emit this golden liquid light through the bottom of your root chakra, as if a syringe is pressing the energy deeper into the earth through the bottom of your feet. As this golden light energy seeps into the earth, imagine a white beam of light shooting up through the top of your head, creating a passage way back up to the earth's surface.

Feel yourself ascending up into this opened passage, feeling lighter and lighter, as you peak the outermost part of the earth. Imagine yourself standing on your feet, back on the ground as you open your eyes.

You have now grounded yourself. There are plenty of guided meditations that you can use to ground your energy on YouTube if you need some assistance.

Dance, Sing, And Do Yoga

Dancing, singing, or exercising is a high vibrational, grounding technique. It doesn't matter if you don't dance or sing well, the whole point is to release creative energy through your upper and lower chakras.

Singing releases energy through your throat and heart chakra. That must be why they say "sing your heart out." Sometimes, just humming a song can do the trick. Singing in the shower, as you get dressed for your day, or on your way to your destination in the car can release and ground your energy. Try to sing uplifting and bright melodies rather than the dark or somber songs.

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Dancing physically releases energy through your sacral and root chakra. So when you and the squad bust it open, twerking, you are actually grounding sacral and root chakra energy. Pelvic movements release sexual energy. Sometimes, you might want to dance to release pent-up pain, or emotions, so taking classes in modern dance, for instance, can help release and ground energy from the solar plexus and the heart chakra. If anything, put on some music, connect to your body, and just move freely in the privacy of your own home, whenever you need to ground.

Doing yoga for exercise is one way in which you can truly work with all of the chakras, and ground your body spiritually and energetically. Sign up for some yoga classes or follow along to some YouTube videos at home.

Balance, Tune, And Align Your Chakras

Last but not least, one of the best ways to ground your energy is to work with all seven of your chakras. Working with your chakras can include meditation, using crystals, visualizations, and affirmations.

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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