Time required: 5 minutes or less
Learning how to “ground” is an excellent tool for everyone. It is especially helpful if you feel as if you are being pulled in many directions, are feeling emotionally drained, or are having difficulty finding time to take care of yourself.
Grounding is connecting with the earth, which allows the physical body to settle and even out. The mind follows by relaxing and “sorting out” thoughts of anxiety, worry, and concern. You should be left feeling physically stronger and emotionally calmer and clearer.
When you first explore the sensations and feelings of grounding, it is best to find a quiet space free from distractions to practice. In time, you will find yourself checking in and grounding everywhere – the line at the grocery store, around an emotionally demanding person, at work, or in busy social situations.
1. Find a quiet place.
2. Plant your feet firmly on the ground (standing or sitting).
3. Take deep breaths, focusing on sending your thoughts and intentions to your feet.
4. Pay attention to both feet being firmly planted to the floor evenly. Most of us tend to lean to one side, or perhaps lean forward or back. The key to this exercise is to even out your body weight. You may find that having a slight bend in your knees is helpful.
5. Check in with the thoughts that arise when you do this. When we change how our body is held in space, it can bring up thoughts and emotions we may have been holding onto for years!
6. After you feel your body grounded into the earth and the shift in your thoughts to a calm state, take a few more deep breaths and come out of your meditation.
After you have practiced this a few times, you will find yourself doing it everywhere. It does not need to be a big deal that you need to carve a chunk out of your day. It is more important that when you feel when your body needs to be grounded, you respond. You will find the more time you spend grounded, the less time you will spend being anxious. You will have fewer headaches, and you will spend less time being sucked into other people’s emotional “drama.”
A big point I want to make about grounding is that you are the only person that can ground yourself. You are responsible for the body that you inhabit. If you want to feel even, calm, and strong, this grounding exercise is your launching pad. Grounding is a tool that tunes the practitioner into their body and mind. Being healthy and content starts with being in control of your body and mind.
When we explore deeper parts of ourselves, thoughts and memories can rise to the surface. This is a desired result, but it can also be difficult to navigate alone. I highly encourage you to seek the guidance of a trained mental health professional to support you through your journey.
Have fun experimenting with this technique.