How do we center and ground ourselves? How do we do this as empath's especially?
Being "centered" means having a reference point, a place to come back to when life, emotions and stress push you off balance.
Being centered is that kind of dynamic balance point. It doesn’t mean we are always there, it means we always know where to go back to. Being centered is feeling connected to yourself, and being aware of yourself positively and peacefully when you get temporarily lost.
Being "grounded" means that you're wholly present in your own body, and connected with the Earth, allowing you to feel centered and balanced no matter what's going on around you.
An empath is someone who is hypersensitive to other people's energy and emotions. So naturally it's easy for an empath to feel not centered or grounded when there is a lot of stuff going on around them.
As an empath, a 'centering' tool you can try is try is to turn off your empathy when you are being bounced by someone or taking on their emotions. Train yourself to be more positively self-focused all the time. Try to be in the moment and aware of how you actually feel, separating yourself from someone else's energy and emotions. This is a mental state where you are profoundly aware of yourself and your own feelings; where the inner state is louder and speaks to you more clearly than what is going on around you. Focus positively on yourself, not what is going on around you.
This means that no matter what is going on, we stay balanced, centered and aligned with our Soul and higher self and we are better able to control our reactive, knee jerk, defensive behavioral patterns of our ego. We can get back to calmness inside of us no matter what is going on around us.
Every time we make even one simple decision at a time to help ourselves, this leads to staying centered, grounded and feeling good.
Some techniques that help us to stay centered and grounded: