So I promised the other day to post a grounding exercise and the time has come! Although I want to say right here at the start that this exercise I’m posting should be in no way considered the “only way” to get grounded – feel free to modify, change, or delete any aspects that make you uncomfortable. The goal of this is to help you feel better – not to give you more to stress over! There’s no wrong way to do it, and I’ve added some modifications you can try as well if the below visualization technique just doesn’t feel quite right, too. The whole thing is kind of a amalgamation of a bunch of different methods I’ve tried over the years.
Also! If you’re not a sit-and-imagine type of person, that’s okay too! There’s plenty of other ways to ground yourself, which don’t involve meditation at all, which I’ll get to in a second. But first, for those of you reading this going “huh?” I guess I should give a brief description of what I mean by grounding.
Grounding, at its most basic, is simply a way of bringing you out of space-cadet land and into the present. Literally “grounding” yourself in the here and now. It can also be a wonderful way to relieve stress, if you choose to use it as such, by using exercises like the one given below to transfer/remove any negative emotions/energies that might be mucking you up. For many, myself included, grounding can therefore become a spiritual, energetic experience, but again, it doesn’t have to be. It can simply be a way to get you more focused on the task at hand.
And if this doesn’t float your boat, consider one of the non-meditation based ways of grounding- eating a good meal will often help to bring you more into the present (it’s hard to be somewhere else when you’re eating something really good! And, for those of you who work with energy, food will also help keep your energy where it belongs – in YOUR body. Ingesting matter, and digesting it, requires use of your energy to accomplish, and can also literally just weigh you down a little to where you’re currently at).
Also consider exercise – and this doesn’t have to be vigorous. A walk, or jog; swimming; anything that gets you up and moving and focused on your movements. Yoga is particularly helpful here with its focus on proper posture and breathing. All of these activities, if approached mindfully, can help ground you.
Sometimes even movement or visualization is unnecessary. Just sit on your bed, or couch, or in a chair, with both feet resting on the floor (barefoot preferably), and focus on the feeling of the floor beneath your feet. Wiggle your toes a little. Come back to where you are.
Or, consider the following exercise (or some variation thereof); read through once first, I do suggest, before attempting so you don’t have to keep checking back.
Sit in a safe place in a comfortable position. I usually like to sit with both feet on the floor here as well, but whatever is best for you.
Take a few deep breaths to calm yourself a little, focusing on the sound a feeling of them. You don’t have to go into full-blown meditative trance here, unless that’s what you want. The goal is just to relax a little.
Now decide where you would like to ground from; this should not be something to stress over, just wherever works for you. The two most common areas to ground from are either from both feet, or, if you believe in/work with chakras, your root chakra (which is right around the base of your spine). Pick whichever you’re comfortable with. It will make absolutely no difference on effectiveness.
Now imagine, either coming from your feet or root, a thick, sturdy root (or rope, or tube, or tree trunk, or light beam, or waterfall…) growing out of you and down, deep down, into the earth. I like to picture it going all the way down to the center of the earth, but whatever works for you.
Imagine more roots shooting off from the main one if you like; like the base of a really old tree has all those roots sometimes going off in every direction? Like that. But however you picture it, just make the decision that the root(s) are now stably and securely connecting you to the earth.
When you’ve got that stable, strong root system pictured firmly in your mind, you can ask, if you like, for the earth to now draw out of you (like a sponge almost) through your root any negative emotions or energies that aren’t in your best interest to hold onto. Trust that the earth will do this, and won’t be harmed – it will simply transform the energy into something new.
…and those are the basics really. I hope this is helpful for someone, and like I keep saying, feel free to change or modify this however you like. I like to thank the earth politely after, and sometimes I have fun sitting and watching the negative junk zoom out of me and down. It can also be helpful, again if you believe in/work with them, to center yourself (bring your focus/presence to) your root chakra beforehand, but it will be effective either way. Are there other ways you ground? I’d love to hear them!