You’re grounded! Although that use to be associated with a negative event when we were children, being grounded nowadays has a whole new meaning. If you are unfamiliar with the practice, grounding can be described in many ways depending on whom you talk to. A general definition you would get from most who practice the technique would be, “The feeling of having one’s feet on the ground and a connection with the earth.” Others may give you some version of discovering your place in the earth and feeling strong in it, or harvesting the energy from it. Regardless of how you want to define it, the practice is used to:
- help people deal with trauma
- gain clarity
- relieve anxiety
- make one feel more secure
- create a spiritual connection to the earth
- draw energy from the earth as a resource.
Just as there are multiple definitions and reasons one may choose to do this, there are also multiple techniques to do so.
This is a meditative practice, so one would start by standing with their feet flat on the ground firmly planted, or sitting on the ground with both hips firmly connected to the earth. Some people do a lot with visualization at this point. You could imagine you are a tree and you have roots shooting our firmly planted into the soil. Typically grounding involves utilizing our sense of touch, taste, smell, hearing, and feeling. If someone is leading you they may ask you to think of something you can smell in the room, or hear in the room, and so on. In the case of trauma patients, sometimes they incorporate more positive self-talk during their grounding session. Another important technique to grounding is breathing. There are different methods to practice breathing as well. One may find measured breathing very helpful in relaxing. For example, you would breathe in for a count of 5 through your nose and breathe out for a count of 5 through your mouth. Others may do what is called, “stimulating breaths.” This is something where you would want to be sitting straight up and take 3 quick breaths in and breaths out every second. Probably the other most popular breathing method is simply belly breathing. The idea behind this is to breathe through your nose and as you do this your stomach should expand. Then exhale through your mouth slowly.
The sense of smell is one of our most powerful senses. It is common to use essential oils to enhance a grounding experience. They may be applied directly to the body with a carrier oil, or used as a blend in a diffuser. Some good grounding oils are Myrrh, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Lavender, Vetiver, and Frankinsense.
Diffuser recipe 1 Diffuser recipe 2
4 drops Myrrh 3 drops Cedarwood
3 drops Patchouli 2 drops Patchouli
4 drops Ylang Ylang 3 drops Lavender
So although there are many different reasons to practice grounding and many different techniques, it still comes down to the same ultimate goal for everyone. Everyone who enters into this practice is attempting to come out in the end in a healthier mental state.
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