The relationship between mind and body is known as bi-directional; that is, it goes both ways. We can use this for many different purposes, from visualising improvements in health, to improving the cardiovascular system, through cultivating kindness and compassion, even to boosting the immune system through developing a positive mindset. You can even improve confidence and self-esteem by holding and moving your body in ways that reflect those states. A simple hack to help keep yourself grounded employs this bi-directional relationship. It uses a simple visualisation as well as holding an appropriate body posture. The key is to visualise a cord or column of energy or light running from the top of your head, down your spine, then right down into the earth as deep as you can imagine it going. Visualising the cord or column in this way helps direct your mind to focus on the present, thus helping you feel grounded, as well as putting your body in an optimum posture. It also helps heighten your concentration. Try the exercise below.
An easy exercise to ground you wherever you are
1 Sit or stand somewhere you feel comfortable shutting your eyes.
2 Imagine a cord or column of energy or light starting from the top of your head and see it running down your spine.
3 Relax your shoulders and hold your back straight. Imagine that the cord or column is now helping to keep your back in this straightened posture.
4 When it reaches the bottom of your spine, imagine the cord running down your legs and out of your feet, where the two ends re-join.
5 Now imagine the cord or column moving as deep as you can imagine. You can take it all the way to the centre of the Earth, if you wish.
6 Now picture the whole cord or column in its entirety, running from the top of your head to deep into the Earth and hold a strong, yet relaxed, posture. Feel its strength along your spine.
7 Hold this image and posture and take three deep breaths. Repeat whenever you feel anxious or unfocused.
David Hamilton is a Scottish author and public speaker on how the mind influences the body. Go to drdavidhamilton.co.uk