You may have heard the term ‘grounding’ along your travels, but it is easy to miss what that actually means and why it is beneficial to you.
Grounding simply means to connect back into the energy of the earth, your roots, so to speak. In our fast-paced, high pressure society feelings of stress and anxiety are often generated from situations which are not actually life threatening, and leave us with an altered perspective on reality. Living this way for prolonged periods leaves us further and further away from reality and that these are not ‘real’ threats, and we can let the pressures of our job, relationships or home life consume us. This is where our minds can become overloaded with ego based thoughts, and we can get very down on ourselves and our situation.
Connecting back into the energy of the earth through grounding helps us to realign with the higher perspective available, it helps us remember what is important, and what is actually just a manufactured pressure or stress. Grounding helps us to release the energy of stress and anxiety, as well as release ego based thoughts that are usually stemming from fear, from our minds. By connecting back into the earth, our roots, we connect back into our deeper self, and the more regularly we do this the easier it becomes to cultivate a positive and calm state of mind.
Methods of grounding can include literally connecting with the earth, such as walking barefoot along the sand or grass, or hiking through a forest. As well as many forms of exercise which connect us back into our body and can promote lowering your state of awareness from your head and into your heart – what you might call getting out of your head.
Another way to ground is through meditation, where we ground back into ourselves, the higher perspective available, and out of our thoughts.
Close your eyes and breathe. Feel your body already beginning to release tension as you draw in full breaths of air – ensuring your abdomen moves out with each in breath. Now imagine you are sitting down at the base of an old oak tree, or any kind of tree. Imagine the tree with long branches that hang out over you, you can hear the rustling of the leaves, and feel a gentle breeze flow through your hair and across your face. Flickers of sun shine down through the leaves, warming your face, and glistening over your eyes.
As you sit beneath the tree focus on the centre of the top of your head. Slowly and gently move your point of focus directly down the back of your head. Taking your time. Follow the line very gradually down the back of your neck and into the top of your spine. Follow every inch of your spine down the curve of your back, moving even slower as your flow down, down, all the way to the base of your spine. Even saying the words in your head, over and over; down, down, down.
When you reach the base of your spine, imagine roots flowing out from your spine, just like the roots of this tree that you rest upon. They flow from your spine and into the grass and then into soil beneath you. Follow your roots as they meander home, spreading as far and as wide and as deep as you like. And as your roots connect deeply back into the earth move your focus back up to your head, and send any thoughts still in your head down the line that you have created, from the top of your head and all the way down your spine and into the earth. Continue doing this until your mind is clear and you have let go of your stress.
Thank the energy of the earth for helping you clear your mind and rejuvenate your energy.