What Does it Mean to be Ungrounded?

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It is extremely important to your overall being to become and stay grounded. Our stress levels can rise to incredibly high levels due to events in our personal lives and our environment. It is easy to become unglued when situation occur that are out of our control.

Recently, someone asked me, what does it mean to be grounded? My response was "Let's look at what it means to be ungrounded first."


To be ungrounded means the soul is not in the body. It usually happens whenever someone is upset, angry, spacey, frustrated, or emotional in some form or another. This person is not experiencing the now.

Typically, when we are ungrounded, we are thinking about something else rather than focusing on what we are doing or staying in the moment. Ungroundedness is usually experienced in a seemingly negative way, but not always. Sometimes we are merely not being present in our physical awareness, our soul has wandered off somewhere else.


Think about being stuck in traffic. How many people are driving around every day thinking about something else and not about their driving? Probably most drivers. This is why we have so many accidents. People are not paying attention to what they are doing. They are not grounded.

Grounding Exercise

There is an easy exercise we all can do at any time, even while driving, that will pull our souls back into our bodies immediately. Anyone trying this exercise may have to do it a few times for it to work, but it will be worth it.

  1. Imagine that when you inhale, your breath comes in through the top of your head and stops at your hips.
  2. As you exhale, the breath goes down through the center of your legs into the earth and wraps itself around a tree root (or a stone, or anything in the center of the earth).

What this does is it automatically yanks your soul into your body. Many have claimed that this has actually calmed them down enough to have drastic effects on their lives. Their lives are calmer because they can live in the now.

Are You Adequately Grounded?

How often have you been told that "grounding" is important? What does it mean to be ungrounded anyway? Taking this grounding quiz will offer you clues as to which characteristics you have, and whether the actions or reactions that you take are helping you to stay grounded or are actually aiding your energetic retreats from your physical self.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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