What Is Grounding?
Grounding is a term used to mean recentering and reconnecting with the earth. Refocusing and re-establishing yourself to a state where you feel centered, whole and complete in who you are, what your life path is and where you are in this moment in your life. It is a way to become re-rooted to your physical self, by reconnecting with the physical world - the Earth. The easiest way to describe grounding is actually in a feeling - you are grounded when you feel calm, peaceful and centered in where you are and your space in time at this moment.
Grounded feels like you are stable and observant like a tree in an open grassland plain, unmoving and utterly content.
You have likely felt this feeling before for seconds, minutes, days and even weeks on end - and you can achieve it on-demand in a matter of moments (we’ll talk about that in this post).
When do you ground?
Whenever you like like you’ve been knocked off a place of security and centeredness. In today’s busy and nearly non-stop society - getting ‘knocked off’ a place of centeredness and wholeness is pretty easy.
Come back to your ‘centered’ place whenever you feel off balance, unaligned, emotional, on the fritz, like you are being pushed around, confused, dazed, kind of foggy, wrapped up in something.
What are the benefits of grounding?
Instant stress reduction
Increased emotional and mental clarity
Improved ease at standing your ground
Enhanced ability to speak your truth immediately
Counteract any negative emotions or thoughts
Heightened feelings of peacefulness and calm
Increased psychic and energetic awareness
Is there a best time to ground?
Whenever you think about it. Any time it crosses your mind to ground, that’s when you should reconnect yourself to the physical realm.
There are two best times to ground:
1. Right before you know you are going to need to be in a spiritual, emotional and physical state that requires your whole attention and soul to be present and full available (becoming grounded).
2. Immediately after something spiritually, emotionally and physically challenging has occurred (re-grounding).
The best times to ground are also immediately before and after:
You leave the house
You do something potentially dangerous, like get in a car to drive.
You are involved in something frustrating or upsetting in some way.
You have a heart to heart or otherwise emotionally charged conversation with someone.
You have to do something mentally challenging, that requires attention - like take a big test.
You think about grounding or needing to be more centered.
You begin to feel frazzled, dizzy, cloudy or energetically detached.
These are just a few examples to go by, and there are many more, but my rule of thumb is - ground any time you want to return to a centered state of mind. Which to me is pretty much always. Plus, it feels good to do - so why not take advantage of it?
What are the best ways to ground yourself?
There are two ways to ground yourself and both involve connecting with the Earth.
1. Surround yourself in nature and the ground
Connect with Nature and the Earth. You can do this in just a few minutes, and it doesn’t require a weekend getaway, in fact, you can ground in the time it takes to go to the bathroom.
Find a tree outside, a small planting of flowers, a rainy-day window to look out of or a short nature trail behind your house. Take 3-minutes and just sit with any of these things. If you are on a trail, walk and find a place to sit. Preferably, on the ground. If not on the ground, at least have your feet on the ground. You can take your shoes off, but if you are in the middle of a busy work day - this isn’t necessary - just go outside and eat your lunch next to the nearest office planter. Enjoy the sun. Don’t talk to anyone. Sit peacefully with your feet flat on the ground and breathe deeply in and out. As much as you can, you want your physical body to connect with the earth. Touch some flowers, bask in some sunlight, place your feet on the grass.
Connecting with the ground is about aligning and connecting with your physical body in present time. It’s a remembering that you are here, as a Spirit in a Body in a physical situation in the present moment. Grounding is a realignment and reminder to ‘return to earth,’ shake it off, and come back down to ‘reality.’
It can be as basic or complex as you’d like to make it - it can be a 5-minute walk around the park, or it can be a 5-month excursion to the rainforest. It can be a break from technology for the afternoon while you casually decide what herbs you’d like to place in your garden this year.
2. Visualize yourself being connected to the ground
Don’t have a moment to connect with a tree? That’s okay. My favorite way to ground is imagining that I actually am a tree. What I’m about to explain is exactly what I do before every single session with every individual client. Working intentionally with clients requires my full, centered attention and awareness. So, I ground.
Amanda’s Grounding Meditation ~
Sit down in a chair, with your feet flat on the ground, your back straight up and your palms resting face up on your lap.
Gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. As many as you feel like, but as a general rule, try for at least three inhalations and three exhalations. More, if you have the time or are extra-stressed.
Next, bring your attention to the seat of your body, where your tailbone is located and, where your rear-end meets the chair.
Visualize the trunk of a tree aligning with your back and connecting with you at the tailbone. Choose any tree you like and bark pattern that feels good to you.
Take a moment and notice -
What color is the bark? What is the texture? How thick is the trunk? How wide?
Imagine and visualize as much detail of the tree as you can, and if you can’t see, just merely postulate what it would look like if you could imagine it.
(For me, I almost always choose a Sequoia, but sometimes I prefer River Birch).
Next, if you haven’t already, expand the trunk of the tree as wide as your hip bones. Once you’ve pulled the trunk as wide as your hips, watch as the trunk extends down through the seat of your chair, down through the floor, through the foundation of the building and breaks through to the soil beneath. Follow your tree trunk through the ground, watch as it passes small rocks, microorganisms, and boulders. As you get closer to the center of the earth, notice, how much more rock is present, bigger rocks which are thicker, denser and harder to penetrate - so much so, that your trunk, now turns to roots to get through.
The powerful trunk that is attached to you now can penetrate the core of the earth as tiny roots, traveling along water breaks in the rock lines. Watch as your trunk base becomes over 1,000 small roots. Continue down, until your roots reach the center of the earth.
Now, at the center of the earth -
What does the center of the earth look like to you? Is it molten magma? Is it a dark cave? Is it solid rock or a flowing sea-like center? Visualize the center of the earth and watch, as your roots wrap entirely around it. Your roots, now, become part of the center of the earth, completely wrapped around the core of the Earth. The energy of the Earth’s center pulses and sends energetic signals to your roots - in fact, your roots, are pulsing and absorbing the energy signals of the earth, as a living system. As your roots absorb the Earth’s energy, this glowing, bright Earthlight, returns back up your roots, to you as it pulses. What color is this energy? Green, blue, red, or yellow? This is the color of Earth's energy at this moment.
Visualize and imagine the color of Earth’s energy to you and watch as the energy from the Earth travels back up your roots, then to your trunk, and returns to the set of who you are - at your tailbone.
- Meditation Complete -
Sometimes, I take this a few steps further and spread the Earth energy throughout my body and all through my lower half, my abdomen and my upper body, and this all depends on the time I have to get into it.
The first time you practice this meditation, give yourself about 10-15 minutes to practice and try it out for yourself, and over time, you’ll be able to do this whole scenario in under 1 minute - for the quickest grounding that money can buy.
Amanda Linette Meder