When life gets hectic and we find ourselves so consumed by thought that it puts us completely out of touch with our own bodies, grounding ourselves can help rid us of the excess energy and bring us back to our current physical perspective. People who are grounded are simply more prepared to take on life’s challenges.
Grounding involves working with the root chakra, which can be found at the base of the spine. The root chakra governs our sense of safety and security, and we can envision it as glowing red.
Anyone who doesn’t feel safe in their current body can benefit from grounding. By plugging back into Mother Nature, we essentially plug back into our bodies as well, pulling us out of focusing on traumatic past memories or anxious future what-ifs.
Here are some simple ways to ground yourself.
Practice Grounding Poses
Grounding yourself is as easy as working some yoga poses into your practice that involve connecting to the ground and focusing your energy downward. Some good examples include warrior II, triangle pose, mountain pose and tree pose. Visualize yourself rooting into the ground and connecting with the Earth’s energy as you hold these poses.
Perhaps one of the simplest ways you can ground yourself is to kick off your shoes and feel the grass, sand, or dirt beneath your feet. You can also lay down completely on your back or your stomach with your forehead touching the ground for a deeper grounding practice. Another suggestion is to engage in one of the most grounding activities there is — gardening.
Eat Root Vegetables
Root vegetables are vegetables that grow underground, so incorporating them into your diet is a great way to connect your entire body to the Earth while also getting the added benefit of absorbing healthy nutrients that will benefit your body and mind overall. Some of the most common examples of root vegetables include potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, turnips and radishes.
Use Stones and Minerals
Picking up a stone and connecting with its vibration is easy enough to do by feeling the weight of it in your hand, noticing its cool temperature, examining its colors, or tracing your fingers along its textured surface or edges. You can also use grounding stones by wearing them, carrying them in your pocket, or keeping them nearby (like at your desk or bedside table). Examples of stones that are good for grounding include hematite, smokey quartz, red coral, onyx, ruby, garnet, pyrite, tiger iron, and black opal.
Sniff Earthy Scents
Stepping outside (ideally in a natural area) where you can smell Earthy scents like soil, grass, flowers, or rain can be a very effective grounding practice given the powerful nature of scent. You can also use essential oils in a diffuser or in a spray bottle around your home that remind you of the Earth. You may want to try cedar, sandalwood, rosewood, cypress, balsam, or frankincense.
Whether you’re feeling stressed, angry, overworked, overwhelmed, drained, triggered, or any other negative emotion that pulls your energy out of your body, the above tips can help. Get back in touch with your physical state of now, and you’ll be alright.