When we are experiencing times of physical or emotional stress, instability and intense energy, it’s extremely beneficial to our well being if we can take time out to ground our energy.
We are in need of grounding if we:
keep feeling spaced out
have scattered thoughts
trouble making decisions
we are not able to focus.
When we are grounded:
We are able to stay focused
We are able to be in the now
We feel clear and feel strong to take on whatever is thrown our way
It’s easier to stay calm and respond (instead of react) to situations
As you can see, it is beneficial for grounding to become a part of our self-care routine. Some of the ways you can become grounded are:
Getting out in nature - get out for a walk where you can be immersed in nature. Walk on the beach, visit a local park or gardens, explore a forest, or lay in the backyard watching the clouds. Be still and let your senses and soul be refreshed.
Walk barefoot on the earth - Take off your shoes and reconnect with Mother Earth. Feel the earth with your bare skin.
Carry or wear Crystals - Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz, Jasper, Hematite, Black Onyx, Tiger’s Eye, Black Obsidian are all great crystals for grounding. Remember to cleanse them regularly.
Baths, Showers, or Swimming - Water is brilliant for cleansing and grounding energy. Adding Epsom salts to a bath adds to this. Swim in the ocean and let the salt water work it’s magic (it’s a great cleanser of negative energy). Stand in the shower and let the water wash away the negativity while you cleanse and ground.
Nourishing Food - Back to basics. Nourish the body with fresh vegetable and fruit. Make a hearty soup that includes grounding root vegetables, and warming spices. Ensure you are well hydrated, drink plenty of water.
Gardening - get your hands deep in the soil and ground your excess energy. Not only will you ground as you pull weeds, and add some exercise in the fresh air, but the bonus of course is beautiful flowers, lush plants or fresh organic produce to nourish your soul. If you aren’t able to have a garden, you can grow herbs on the windowsill, or fill space with indoor plants.
Essential Oils - Grounding oils include Cedarwood, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli. Just rub a little on the soles of your feet.
Reiki or Massage - Touch is vitally important for our bodies to heal and for our souls to feel nurtured. Both Reiki and Massage serve to bring deep relaxation, quieting the mind, bringing us from our head back into our heart space. Reiki is amazing for shifting lingering negativity so we can feel balanced, calm and clear.
Yoga or Meditation - By calming our mind, body and focusing on our breath, we can bring ourselves back to our centre and clear away the excess chatter in our minds that can prevent us from being fully present. This can bring the clarity and grounding we need to refocus ourselves emotionally, physically and spiritually.
You can be sitting or standing for this meditation. Find a quiet space and close your eyes.
Take 2 or 3 nice deep breaths. Breathe in…...and as you breathe out, ensure your feet are flat on the floor, if standing, that your knees are soft, shoulders are down. Breathe in…..and as you breathe out, just let go of your thoughts, any stresses from the day. Breathe in….breathe out….
Visualise/Sense the great light of the divine coming down from above, and entering your body through your crown chakra, at the top of your head.
Sense as this light travels down through your body, behind your eyes, down into your throat, and into your chest.
Sense as this light travels into your abdomen, and down into your hips. Sense as this light travels down your legs, reaching your feet.
Sense this light travelling from the soles of your feet and down into the earth. Sense as it travels down, down, down, down, to the giant crystal at the centre of the earth.
Feel how connected you are to this crystal. Feel how firmly your feet are planted on the ground.
Take another couple of deep breaths, focusing on this energy travelling through you and into the crystal in the centre of the earth. When you are ready, open your eyes.