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Meditation - how to ground yourself

Updated on August 20, 2014

Feel more focused, present, calm and peaceful

Whilst grounding yourself is the basis for any meditation, it is something you can and should do every day. Once you have the routine down pat, you can literally ground yourself in a few minutes.

Essentially, grounding energetically connects you to the earth. Just like an electric plug that needs to be grounded, when we connect to the energy of the earth, we are able to release stress, tension and any negative emotions and absorb healing energy.

So, if you are living in your head, stressed, overwhelmed, needing to confront a situation/person or present yourself in a calm, confident manner, you will benefit greatly from knowing how to ground yourself.

Lotus flower
Lotus flower

A daily practice you say?

What benefits can I expect?

There are many benefits to grounding yourself on a regular basis. These include:

> Feeling less scattered and overwhelmed.

> Being more present.

> Feeling more connected to your physical body and the earth.

> Stress reduction.

> Increased creativity.

> Feeling more relaxed, calm and peaceful.

> Increased energy and vitality.

> Greater self awareness and mental clarity.

> Raising your consciousness.

> Emotional release and healing.

Gaia by Alex Grey
Gaia by Alex Grey

Sounds easy enough

Where do I begin?

There are many different techniques that you can use to ground yourself, so experiment with a few of them until you decide which one works best for you. All of the techniques will benefit from you closing your eyes and taking 3 deep breaths (in through the nose and out through the mouth) before you begin.

My personal favorite technique is to imagine a huge oak tree in front of me. I look up the thick solid trunk into the branches and rich green leaves and notice the smell of the earthy soil. Then, I focus on the strong root system of the tree and imagine that thick roots grow from the centre of the bottom of my feet, all the way to the centre of the earth and wrap around a huge rose quartz crystal.

I allow my body to feel the effects of gravity and as my body gets heavier, I visualise any negative emotions, blockages, stress and tension draining through the roots and then see the energy being transmuted by the rose quartz crystal.

I then see the light pink energy of unconditional love moving up the roots and into my body through the souls of my feet until it permeates every cell of my body. Once my body is glowing with the healing nurturing energy of the earth, I expand it out into my aura so that I am cocooned in a bubble of pink energy. I rest here for a while and when I am ready, I open my eyes feeling grounded, present and ready to continue my day.

Another technique is to imagine a thick hollow grounding cord going from the base of your spine (base chakra) deep into the centre of the earth. Release stagnant energy into the earth and absorb life force and healing through the hollow cord.

Grounding and centering yourself - A guided Meditation

If you prefer a guided meditation, this 10 minute guide takes you through a centering and grounding process and is ideal to do before any meditation, yoga class, healing session or any other type of therapy. Again, once you have learned the process, it is easy to do on your own.

The music is original and especially composed for this meditation.

Meditation Methodology - Tips to enhance your meditation

In order to set the scene for your meditation, find a place where you wont be disturbed and turn your phone off. Lighting some candles, having some fresh flowers around you and burning some incense can greatly enhance the ambiance. It is also a great idea to play some soothing meditation music. Here is a collection of meditation cd´s and an awesome coloring in book that will take you into a meditative state.

Ocean Waves: Calming Sounds of the Sea (Nature Sounds, Deep Sleep Music, Meditation, Relaxation Ocean Sounds)
Ocean Waves: Calming Sounds of the Sea (Nature Sounds, Deep Sleep Music, Meditation, Relaxation Ocean Sounds)
For deep sleep, meditation, and relaxation. Digitally mastered CDs containing crisp clear nature sounds designed for deep sleep, meditation, and relaxation. Creating a natural atmosphere for sleep, yoga, the workplace, dinner time, morning coffee, driving, and for other special times in our life.
 
Healing Chakras
Healing Chakras
MP3 with a collection of chakra meditations
 
A Guided Meditation for Relaxation, Well Being and Healing
A Guided Meditation for Relaxation, Well Being and Healing
Experience peace, love and calm when you listen to this superb high quality hypnosis CD by Glenn Harrold. Overcoming stress and anxiety are easy when you know how. On the CD, there are techniques that will help you to create profound peace and calm in a safe and natural way, free of any harmful side effects. This soothing CD effortlessly guides you into a deep meditative magical healing garden with a beautiful stream. The dreamy natural music and sound effects are so real you will believe you are actually there. Track 2 also includes a wonderful creative healing white light visualisation. On both tracks you will hear a number of hypnotic echoed background vocals panning from left to right across the stereo range - a deeply relaxing and unique effect. The sound and music effects and powerful subliminal suggestions compound the overall effect, leaving you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
 
Mystical Mandala Coloring Book (Dover Mandala Coloring Books)
Mystical Mandala Coloring Book (Dover Mandala Coloring Books)
This vibrant collection of drawings was inspired by the hypnotic appeal of the mandala. An ancient form of meditative art, mandalas are complex circular designs that draw the eye inward, toward their centers. These 30 dazzling mandala designs will captivate colorists of all ages, challenging them to create kaleidoscopic effects
 

To ground or not to ground? - That is the question

Ganesh statue in Bali
Ganesh statue in Bali

I have found that grounding myself keeps me centered and in the present, especially if I am overwhelmed or feeling scattered. In my experience, once people have integrated this simple process in their lives, they are more inclined to live joyously from the heart.

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Did you find this lens helpful? Are you inspired to try grounding for yourself? Have you tried the technique and noticed a difference? Please let me know here, I would love to hear from you.

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