Many schools of thought tend to talk about grounding in a metaphorical fashion. In Qi Dao, our method of Grounding is very concrete. Grounding is the method of keeping a strong energetic connection with Mother Earth when standing on your feet. It involves keeping the weight of the body over the centers of the feet, so that all edges of the feet apply equal pressure on the ground.
It may be helpful to imagine your foot as a suction cup. When the suction cup is not flat on a surface, it will not adhere easily to that surface. Similarly, the foot will not have much connection to the ground if the weight is distributed on its toes, heel, or on the inner or outer edge of the foot. The center of the suction cup is the point where the vacuum is created. The center of the foot is also the point of energetic connection with the ground. This is true, regardless of the fact that it may not touch the ground due to the arch of the foot.
Test your stability and balance with and without following the principle of Grounding. Just as in the test for alignment of the legs, you can learn to rely on the sensitivity of your feet to secure your balance. Remember the feelings you have in each case; compare them and choose the way that works best for you.
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