by Kyra Mesich, PsyD –
What exactly is grounding?
Grounding is the process of bringing your energy in harmony with the resonance of the earth. Grounding slows, calms, and infuses you with strength and steadiness. It is a vital practice for everyone, but particularly for sensitive people who may often feel “wound up,” “ungrounded,” or drained by their surroundings.
Grounding is also important because our modern lifestyle sometimes rips us away from the healing, strengthening qualities of nature and the earth. Luckily, you don’t have to go on a woodland retreat to reconnect with nature. Grounding can easily be done in various way around your own home:
Six Ways to Ground
2. Grounding Bath.
3. Eat Grounding Foods.
4. A Regular Routine.
Setting a regular routine of self-care may help you. Allot time in the early morning, afternoon, AND evening for yourself. Even if it is just 5 minutes each time, use these times wisely to breathe slow, deep breaths, meditate, and ground. Your day will take on a much different tone with this slight adjustment to your schedule. Make these self-care times part of your daily routine, and stick to it!
If you are a parent with small children, use your child’s nap time, favorite TV time, and a time when your partner can watch the children to implement these small, but extremely important self-care rituals.
6. Grounding Meditation.
Quick Grounding Meditation
Sit peacefully and relax. Let the ground or chair support you. Let your muscles go. You don’t have to exert any effort to sit there. Take in an easy, deep breath…and let it out your mouth, parting your lips slightly as you exhale. Let your arms feel heavy, pulling down your shoulders. Breathe… Let that heavy feeling flow down your torso and legs, so you feel heavy and relaxed all the way down to your feet on the ground.
Now picture and feel roots growing from your feet down into the ground. Just like a tree’s roots…going down into the layers of cool dirt…growing around rocks…traveling further and further down into the earth. Let the roots grow as deeply as you wish.
Now feel the healing, rhythmic energy of the earth itself flowing up through your roots…slowly traveling up…through your roots, up to your feet and quickly filling your entire body. Feel this positive, grounded, earth energy throughout your being. Take in a deep, cleansing breath… and release.
When you are ready, open your eyes and know that this grounded energy will remain with you throughout your day.