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What is Being Grounded, and How do I Ground Myself?

Being “grounded” can have a couple of different meanings. One meaning is to be practical, to have your mind in a good place, to be realistic and sensible, to have stability in your life, staying connected to the present moment, and to be unpretentious.

Another meaning of being grounded is to be in energetic connection with the Earth, to have balance in your life, and to have your physical, emotional, and spiritual selves in alignment. Interestingly, being grounded in this way can lead to being grounded in the more practical ways.

So how does one go about getting grounded?

There are many ways to energetically ground yourself. You can go barefoot outdoors (if it’s safe to do so), get your feet on the ground, wiggle your toes into the dirt and feel the Earth under your feet. Go to the beach if you have the ability to do so. Walk barefoot on the sand, get your feet in the water and let the waves roll over your feet. Go for a walk in nature, whether that’s woods, an urban green space, or an area with a brook or a stream. Sit on the stream’s bank with your feet in the water. Focus on that connection to the Earth, and sit with it for a bit. Notice how you feel when you have your feet in connection with nature.

Another way to ground yourself if you don’t have access to a green space is to do the Roots Meditation. This one is easy to do, and can be done wherever you happen to be. Sit with your back straight and your feet firmly planted on the floor/ground. Let your hands rest gently in your lap. Close your eyes and take three deep cleansing breaths. On the first breath, breathe in through your nose and fill your whole chest and belly. Hold it for a moment and let it out through your mouth in a big sigh. On the next breath, do the same, and when you take that moment to hold, imagine all the stresses and tensions in your body being released with the sigh, and let it all out. Do the same with the third breath. Now, imagine tree roots growing out of the bottoms of your feet, growing deep into the earth beneath you. When you have that visual in your mind, visualize Earth’s energy as a bright white light flowing up those roots and into your feet, traveling up your legs and filling your whole body. Sit with this for as long as you are comfortable. This is one of those meditations that it doesn’t matter how long you take to do it, as long as you take the time to do it. If you only have two minutes, do it for two minutes, because two minutes is better than no minutes. When you feel like you are done, visualize growing the roots back up into your feet, and imagine that white light of Earth’s energy shining in and around you. Take three more nice

deep breaths, and open your eyes. Do this meditation regularly to help yourself stay grounded.

You’ll find that when you do these grounding exercises on a regular basis, not only will you feel more connected to the Earth, you will find yourself with more mental clarity, and you will be able to bring more balance into your life. You’ll be able to focus on the more practical aspects of being grounded, and have more stability overall.

So on days when you are feeling disconnected, maybe a little flighty and untethered, do some grounding exercises and bring yourself back into balance.

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