Grounding can be simply described as being centred, present and level-headed. This state exists when have a strong and clear connection with Earth energy (“chi”). In order to be grounded, the chi needs to be able to flow freely up through the legs to the area of the first (or sacral) chakra where it can then flow through the chakras/along meridians to the rest of the body’s energy system.
When grounding is healthy and strong, it results in one being more patient, practical and self-disciplined. Emotionally, there is more balance and calm. Personal vitality is good. When one’s grounding is weak, it manifests as being forgetful, accident-prone, unfocused, impractical and/or unbalanced and often the feeling of lacking in vitality. Grounding is something that most of us need to work on and maintain, so here are a few ways in which this can be done:
- Spend some time in nature, ideally enjoying a physical activity. However, even just 10 minutes sitting in the park, breathing deeply and evenly while you intend or imagine that you are drawing in chi can be very beneficial.
- Do a grounding meditation. If your mind is particularly “busy”, try a guided meditation for grounding so that you can more easily stay focused. There are many good meditations you can try, so sample a few and find one that you really enjoy. You’re welcome to try my guided meditation for Grounding and Energising, which is freely available by clicking on “Sounds” under the “About Us” tab on this website, or by clicking on the SoundCloud button at the bottom of the page.
- Strengthen your first chakra (located at the perineum). You can do this by visualising your first chakra as a ball of red light. As you breathe in, imagine the ball of light glowing and growing, becoming brighter and more brilliant. When you exhale, simply allow the breath to leave your body. You can do this daily (ideally in the morning, for a good start to the day!) for 5-10 minutes.
- Learn an energy practise. Reiki and other forms of energy healing, yoga, tai chi and qigong are all examples of energy practises.
- If you are a Reiki practitioner, you can do wonders for your grounding by taking just 10-15 minutes per day to apply Reiki to your first chakra, the legs and feet.
I would also like to include the following excerpt from an article about Grounding that approaches the subject from a different, quite interesting perspective. The full article can be found by clicking here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/02/grounding-earthing.aspx
“Grounding or Earthing is defined as placing one’s bare feet on the ground whether it be dirt, grass, sand, or concrete (especially when humid or wet). When you ground to the electron-enriched earth, an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system occurs.
The earth is a natural source of electrons and subtle electrical fields, which are essential for proper functioning of immune systems, circulation, synchronization of biorhythms and other physiological processes and may actually be the most effective, essential, least expensive, and easiest to attain antioxidant.
How to Ground, Both Indoors and Outdoors
Walking barefoot is one of the easiest and best ways to get and stay grounded, but you’ll need to do so on the proper surface. Many walking surfaces in today’s modern world will NOT allow for electron transfer between the earth and your body. This includes asphalt, wood, rubber, plastic, vinyl, tar, and tarmac. Surfaces that will allow your body to ground include:
- Sand (beach)
- Grass (preferably moist)
- Bare soil
- Concrete and brick (as long as it’s not painted or sealed)
- Ceramic tile
Even indoors, and while flying, there are ways to help you stay grounded. Touching the faucet with one hand while shaving with the other helps you ground. And when flying, you can take off your shoes and place your feet (bare or with socks) on the steel struts of the chair in front of you, as this too will help you stay grounded. There are also grounding pads you can use to sleep or sit on, which can be particularly beneficial if you live in a high-rise building.
Exercising barefoot outdoors is one of the most wonderful, inexpensive and powerful ways of incorporating grounding into your daily life. You can also simply take off your shoes as much as you can when you’re outdoors to take advantage of these natural grounding opportunities.”
I hope that you give these suggestions a try and experience life with a greater sense of balance, purpose and increased vitality. Or perhaps you have some suggestions of your own that you would like to share? If so, we’d love to hear them.
Wishing you lots of positive energy and experiences,