Ground yourself in history

 In Unimenta Blog
Schwerin palace or Schwerin Castle, northern Germany.

This weekend in Britain we have Heritage Open Days with a chance to visit many sites and buildings that perhaps normally aren’t open to the public. It’s a fantastic weekend where volunteers get together to help us explore hidden places, celebrate history and try out new experiences. I think there is something very grounding and comforting in history and losing oneself in the past. Grounding clears your mind, restores energy, strengthens your instincts and calms emotions and being in nature or being immersed in history is a great way to do that.

You are ungrounded if you:

Get distracted easily
Space out
Over-think or ruminate
Engage in personal drama
Experience anxiety and perpetual worrying

This can manifest itself in poor sleep and circulation, fatigue and inflammation.

There are two easy ways to feel immediately grounded whenever you are feeling overwhelmed or “off centre” and they each take only about 30 seconds:

Cover Your Crown
I don’t fully understand why this grounding exercise is so effective, but it almost always works. When you are ungrounded, place one hand over the crown your head. That’s it. If it helps, close your eyes to avoid distractions.

Time: 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Feel Your Feet
This is fast and effective. Sitting or standing, place all of your awareness on the bottom of your feet. Pay attention to any sensations.

Both of these can also be done whilst immersing yourself in nature or history. To use a visit to an ancient place as a deeper way to ground yourself, allow yourself to simply be fully in the experience. I often think of my son, when he was younger and how he would throw himself into visits to castles or museums listening to the audio headset recordings on offer to learn as much as possible.

Ground yourself in history
Tower of London at sunset, England, Famous Place, International Landmark

Simply walking, slowing down your breath and being present in your environment has an immediate grounding effect. I believe that being in a sacred or historic building can enhance this considerably and lift you out of whatever funk you may find yourself in.

So, wherever you are, even if you don’t live in Britain and don’t have Heritage Open Days why not take some time to explore a little, immerse yourself in history and feel more grounded?