Techniques for Grounding

And forget not that the earth

delights to feel your bare feet

and the winds long to play with your hair

                                                                                                                             Kahlil Gibran

 

Grounding is one of the beginning points of any magical art.  It is a connecting and realigning with the energies of the earth.  It focuses your mind and eliminates that anxious, over-thinking, distracted state of mind.  In our world of electronic screens and high stress, this state is ever present and quite a deterrent to a focused magical ability.

The modern world does not do anything for our ability to remain grounded. We routinely live in our heads and, one of the more interesting reasons for this is that we almost never come in contact with the Earth directly.  We are separated by the soles of our shoes most of the time.  In fact, there is a growing body of evidence that grounding (or earthing) has a profound effect on inflammation, immune response, wound healing and prevention of inflammatory illness and autoimmune disorders.kyle-ellefson-Y6T1a4gU4ss-unsplash

True grounding, in my opinion would be physically touching the Earth with bare feet or hands.  You will get the most bang for your buck grounding in this way.  However, you can still affect the body’s energy field with other techniques designed to reconnect you with the Earth.  Here is my list of grounding techniques that I like with some helpful videos:

 

  • Standing or walking on the Earth barefoot  Example: Walking on the beach or walking on dirt, grass or stone.
  •  Doing a meditation where roots grow from your body into the Earth:  Here is one to try. Her voice makes you feel like jelly, so don’t listen while driving!
  •  Using the back of a spoon on the bottom of your feet:  I swear I sleep better when I do this.  You can do figure 8’s or just move the spoon around the way you want.
  •  Be aware of your feet on the floor
  • Shuffling your feet on the floor or ground
  •  Follow your breath as you breathe:  Just concentrate on the breath coming in and leaving your body.  Here is a guided breathing meditation.
  •  Take a cold or cool shower:  Not recommended for people with heart problems or high blood pressure.
  •  Laughter: A good belly laugh is a good way to dispel excess energy.
  •  Exercising
  •  Gardening
  •  Eating

Grounding is one of the most important magical tools in your arsenal.  It can thwart anxiety and bring back happiness.  Use it liberally!

photo credits

featured : Photo by Clint McKoy on Unsplash

Photo by Kyle Ellefson on Unsplash

 

 

 

 

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