Grounding: How to Release Your Self-Limiting Beliefs

Very often the biggest stumbling block to our success and personal development are the limiting beliefs that are ingrained in our psyche.

Confronting the limiting belief helps to lessen its control over you. Understanding the triggers that bring forth your debilitating limiting beliefs also helps you to better control your reactions and become more proactive. It helps to have back up and resources to hand that can get you through the tough task of releasing yourself from these beliefs.

Using grounding exercises is one wonderful way to help oneself by maintaining your connection to reality and purging any unwanted negative energy that your limiting beliefs create.

From personal experience with coaching clients, I have found that grounding exercises help people who are dealing with self confidence and self esteem issues to regain their confidence and become more assertive. Many have noticed an increase in their energy levels and new perspectives enabling them to overcome negative old attitudes and bring about the shift in their belief systems.

There are numerous grounding techniques that one can use. It all comes down to personal preference and what works for you.

One of the easiest grounding techniques is to simply drink a glass of water! If you feel you need something more tangible and are exploring crystal therapy, then I recommend carrying a grounding crystal, like Smokey Quartz on your person.

Two more easy techniques that can be used are outlined below.

Breathing for Grounding

This technique is based on the yoga principle of breathing to energise your body and is a beginner exercise for those who practice pranayama in yoga.

Perform this exercise seated on a chair with your back straight and feet flat on the floor or sit cross legged on the floor with your back straight.

Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.

For beginners, close your right nostril with your right thumb and breathe in deeply through your left nostril. Then close your left nostril with the ring finger of your right hand and exhale deeply through your right nostril.

We call this one set.

Repeat five sets and then slowly open your eyes. You will notice a sense of balance and energy. In addition, this exercise helps to clean up and tone the entire nervous system as well as remove mental tension and worries. The fact that proper breathing helps both the mind and the body to stay healthy cannot be emphasized enough.

Please note that for practicing this technique, both nostrils should be clear. Do not practice it if you are having a cold and your nose does not permit comfortable breathing through either nostril. In such a case, I suggest you try the other grounding techniques.

Visualisation for Grounding

Perform this exercise seated on a chair with your back straight and feet flat on the floor or sit cross legged on the floor with your back straight.

Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.

Breathe in a normal fashion for a few seconds and then start your visualisation breathing as follows:

Inhale deeply and visualise that you are inhaling white light smoke which is cleansing you of your negative feelings and beliefs. Visualise that it is going to the bottom of your stomach.

Then with every exhalation, visualise that this white light smoke has turned black and is carrying with it all the negative feelings that are inside your body.

Repeat this exercise for about a minute. Return slowly to consciousness by counting backwards from 10 to 1 and slowly open your eyes.

You will feel balanced, rejuvenated and refreshed.

If you find it difficult to visualise, then simply do the breathing exercise while telling yourself in your mind

I am inhaling positive energy (inhalation) and I am releasing/freeing myself of my negative beliefs (exhalation).

A point to note is that it is important to stay focussed during the session. If your mind starts to wander, gently bring it back to the task at hand.

Try one or all of the techniques and choose the one that works best for you.

Article by by: Vatsala Shukla, FCA (ICAEW), CLC, MSLC (CCA, Canada)

Vatsala Shukla is an FCA from ICAEW, a Certified LIFE Coach and Master SPIRIT LIFE Coach who considers her mission to help others find balance in their lives. She calls her practice Karmic Ally Coaching and incorporates visualisation techniques and exercises into her coaching to facilitate whole transformation in her clients. Vatsala can be contacted through her website: KarmicAlly Coaching

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