“Awesome,” a workshop participant wrote. “When I used the grounding technique with my flightiest horse, she immediately started to relax and I could feel the energy leaving her body through all four of her feet.” When you ground yourself before or during riding, you might see a dramatic change in your horse too.
What is grounding?
Grounding, in a nutshell, means creating an outlet for excessive energy in one’s body. When an electrical instrument is not grounded, the electricity bounces all over the inside of the instrument, with the result often being a short-circuiting and breakdown of the instrument.
Energy also runs through human and animal bodies. If this energy cannot flow through you and then out, you might find yourself reacting to this excess energy with overexcitement, anxiety or exhaustion. Horses sense this bouncing of energy and often reflect it through nervousness, anxiety or similar reactions. An ungrounded rider is even more worrisome for the horse than a person on the ground, because the horse cannot distance itself from this energy field.
How do I ground myself?
The first time you go through this exercise it might help to close your eyes. Sit in a chair or stand up. Breathe calmly in and out. Direct your attention to your sitting bone and envision a line dropping into the earth. This line can have the form of a rope, a light, roots, or whatever image comes up for you. Anchor this line solidly and deeply into the earth.
Imagine that negative emotions or thoughts flow down this line, into the center of the earth. Grounded energy flows back from the earth through your feet into your body. Feel the peace that comes with the transformation of this energy.
The impact of grounding
Grounding can help you to release stress, calm down, regain your balance, and get in touch with your inner self. It is as if you find your balanced core, the center of your body, and move with certainty from there.
Horses communicate through energy. When you ground yourself, you reduce energetic noise and are able to communicate more clearly with your horse.
Practice the grounding several times for two or three days so that you can do it with ease and without closing your eyes. Then, when you visit your horse, ground yourself before you enter the stable.
Before you get into the saddle, stand beside your horse and ground yourself again. You might already feel a change in your horse while you are still on the ground. You can also ground yourself while in the saddle. Energy moves through physical form, solid objects such as horse, saddle, or chairs. It moves right through your horse, and into the earth. Observe your horse. It might sigh, yawn, or become more alert; all signs that energy is moving.
Grounding is also important in everyday life. If we are ungrounded, we can be easily “pushed over” by anyone. We often feel insecure, uncertain, scattered, or fatigued. You might find that grounding helps you to feel more certain, capable, present and focused; a powerful state to be in; when engaging in difficult discussions, or making important decisions.
Play with this new tool and observe how humans and animals react differently towards you. Grounding is a simple yet powerful tool to balance mind-body-emotions.
Let me know how grounding works for you. I would love to hear from you. Enjoy being more balanced and focused!