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The Grounding Exercise

When working with altered states and performing drills that ask us to shift to different viewpoints, it's often important to "ground" ourselves back in our bodies or reassociate ourselves. The Grounding Exercise was made for just this purpose.

Warning: Folks with a history of mental illness, PTSD, or panic are urged not to use these techniques without a therapist. If you decide to do these processes you will agree to absolve the webmaster, the webhost, Emoclear.com, and Steve Mensing of any responsibility for the application or misapplication of these processes. There is always in any process the possibility that someone could experience some discomfort. 

Steps to the Grounding Exercise

1. Right nasal dominance breathing/heartbeat region hold/open your eyes and look around: Gently pinch your left nostril closed and take 25 deep and moderate breaths through your right nostril only. This will raise your beta brain waves and help to make you more alert. While you do this right nasal breathing, place your palm on your heartbeat region and keep it there the remainder of the exercise. Also open your eyes and briefly look at objects around your room.

2. Bring your attention to your body and feel it/attend to your solar plexus and state:
"In my body": Bring your attention to your body and fully feel your entire body. Let your attention move to your solar plexus. Contract the solar plexus while you state aloud: "In my body." Say it several times with meaning. "In my body". "In my body."

3. Notice where your body contacts surfaces and fully feel your body:
Simply bring your awareness to where your body contacts surfaces. Feel your entire body. When you feel completely in your body and alert, you may stand up. Give yourself all the time you require to feel fully in your body and grounded.

Take care, Steve

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