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What’s the difference between feeling grounded and centred? Let’s take a look at the differences, similarities and ways to achieve these illusive states.


How to be grounded, how to be centred, balance.

Centred Or Grounded – What’s The Difference?

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I often hear people using these two terms in reference to balance and spiritual ease, and it seems that most intuitively understand their respective meanings. However, I recently posed the question to a few people (just out of curiosity!) and found that some struggled to separate out some of the the core differences.

Through two decades of Osteopathic Practice, I have established my personal interpretation of what it means to be centred and grounded. I have also come to appreciate how others interpret what it means to be balanced. 

This is my understanding of what it means to be centred and grounded. 


To be Centred, is to feel balanced within the centre of your being — a state which is also reflected in how you handle your experiences. It means that we’re not inclined to rush ahead or get caught up in the past — we are fully present. This allows a clear perspective and a great feeling of balance overall. Centredness supports our capacity to move forwards through life with ease. 

We can experience our state of centredness in a number of ways:

  • Physically: Using our ‘midline’ or central axis (which runs from the base of the spine to the top of the head) as a frame of reference for locating our physical centre;
  • Mentally: Feeling clear in our thoughts and fully present in what is taking place in the present moment;
  • Emotionally: Contented and settled —like we’re in a place of perfect acceptance with ‘what is’ — neither dwelling on the past, nor attached to future outcomes and events;
  • Spiritually: Moving through life’s flow —where all things seamlessly come together with great synchronicity, timing and ease.

When your balanced within the centre of your being — mentally and emotionally clear, your centred.


We can easily become uncentered when feeling rushed or overwhelmed during times of Stress. This uncentered feeling can be associated with a sense of being disconnected to our intuitive side. We feel as though the momentum of life is pulling us forward far too quickly (out of our centre), or even holding us back from where we think we ought to be.

Uncentredness can arise from continually giving too much of our time and energy to others, a project or task, without the adequate amount of time to fully recharge. Overwhelm will eventually erode our internal balance and feeling of general wellbeing.


To be Grounded is to feel settled and anchored within yourself. It’s associated with a firm sense of connection to our physical body, being rooted in our foundation (lower body and feet).

Through our state of groundedness, we are better able to develop a connection to our ‘higher’ — intuitive or spiritual side while minimising the danger of losing touch with our grounded ‘earth’ logic, and sense of being here!

We can experience feelings of groundedness in a number of ways:

Physically: Feeling a connection and awareness of being well grounded in a physical sense;

Mentally: A sense of lightness, non-attachment and ability to flow with our thoughts, while also maintaining an open awareness of how we feel within our body;

Emotionally: Not being driven solely by emotional  concerns — observing and accepting ‘what is’, without resistance, or excessive emotional attachment;

Spiritually: Trusting life’s flow on a deep level — knowing that life unfolds in ways which ultimately serves our highest learning and evolutionary path.

When you feel settled and anchored within yourself, with a firm sense of connection to your body — your grounded and ready to follow life’s flow.


We can easily become ungrounded when spending too much time in our heads! This means overthinking, and becoming too attached to what we think ‘should’ unfold. Sometimes, better managing our expectations can reduce the level and frequency of our disappointments.

Being too immersed in our psychic abilities or experiences can also be cause for ungroundedness. Either way, our head and higher aspects are no longer operating in harmony with our lower centres.

Feeling ungrounded is often experienced as a top heavy feeling which can leave you mentally tight, overcrowded or ‘spaced out’.

Ungroundedness relates to the relationship between our upper and lower aspects, or the balance between the intensity of our thoughts, and sense of physically connection. 

How To Achieve The Ideal State?

Thankfully, there are many easy ways to regain a grounded and centred sense of internal balance. They include:

  • Appreciating the value of life’s ebbs and flows;
  • Taking time out to enjoy the natural spaces to support inner harmony;
  • Immersing ourselves in creative pursuits, e.g. singing, dance, Yoga, arts and crafts;
  • Practising mindful forms of exercise, e.g. swimming, Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong (although most physical activities can be approached mindfully);
  • Regular Mindfulness Meditation practice —supporting a growing understanding, trust and appreciation for its healing capacity.

The simplest way to develop a personalised approach to achieving increasing states of grounded — centredness, is to take the time to develop the right mindset. Start with a clear set of attainable goals …and take it from there.

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Kelly Mckay

Kelly Mckay

Registered Osteopath & Integrative Life Coach