This is an older post, from a former blog, but it has a lot of good information. And let’s face it. In this time of self-quarantine, work from home, and Covid-19, we could all use a little grounding, yeah?
But why should you get grounded? Yeah, that’s a long answer. Let’s shortcut it a bit and I’ll say that grounding is all about helping yourself feel safe, secure, and rooted into the here and now. So it’s great when you’re feeling scattered or flighty or unsafe.
You can go through some complicated moves to get yourself grounded. You can do 20-minute guided meditations that walk you through a lush forest in the height of spring and get all kinds of grounded and that’s groovy. But if you’re grounding because you’re having an anxiety attack? Trust me when I tell you that you need something faster.
Grounding is all about helping yourself feel safe, secure, and rooted into the here and now.
So, here are some of my favorite quick ways to get grounded. Many of these you can do anywhere at any time.
1. Go Outside
Easy enough, this one. Go outside, if you can. Stand in the grass, put your hand on a tree, get barefoot. You don’t have to wait long for this to kick in. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and let Nature do some work. If you have some extra time, while you’re standing amongst Nature with your eyes closed, try to visualize roots sprouting from your feet, deep into the earth. Literally root yourself.
2. Hand Over Heart
This one is perfect when you can’t get outside and you really don’t have the wherewithal to visualize much of anything. Put your hand over your heart and take five slow, deep breaths. The deep breathing and the hand over your heart work together to ground and calm you right away.
3. Crystals, Rocks, Stones
I’m a crystal hound, so this is one of my absolute favorite ways to ground. If you’ve got crystals available, take advantage. Some of the best for grounding:
In a pinch and no crystals on you? Grab any old rock or stone. They’re all grounding, I promise. They’re of the earth and they’ll help you to root yourself.
(Side note from 2020: No crystals, no rocks? Or you want to work with a specific crystal? It can happen. Do a search and find a picture of the crystal you want to work with. You can print the picture, save it to your phone gallery, or just keep looking at it. Ask the crystal to help you from where it is. You’ll be able to get the benefits. <3 )
4. Essential Oils
Love me some essential oils. If you’re new to them, you need to read up before just throwing them on your body. I’ve been using them for 20 years and I’m still learning. Always dilute, don’t diffuse them around cats (cats cannot process EOs), and really figure out what you’re doing first.
Oils I like for grounding:
Cedarwood (both Atlas and Virginia)
5. Cleansing with Smoke
I love me some smoke cleansing. It clears the energy and puts me right in my happy place, every single time. My two favorites for this are sage and Palo Santo, but incense can work, too. Now, you can’t use smoke everywhere, which is where Florida water can come in. It’s not water from Florida, even though it sounds like it. It’s actually alcohol, usually vodka, with essential oils mixed in and then left to get to know each other for a bit. You can buy some, but if you’re into essential oils, you can make your own much cheaper. BONUS: Florida water doubles as a killer perfume.
I find Reiki incredibly grounding. It clears energies and leaves me feeling centered and solid. But not everybody has access to Reiki every time that they need it, so it’s not always a fast emergency grounding technique. If you’re finding it difficult to ground through other means, though, you might find that a few sessions of Reiki help you to clear the way and ground on your own much more readily. (If you’re interested, let me know and we can set up a remote session.)
Keep the process of grounding easy so you can do it any time you feel the need.
So those are *my* favorite ways to ground – got more you can suggest? Put them in the comments!