If you are anything like me, this year has already started out busy and hectic. Crazy days at work, family drama, bad news and violence all over the media. If you thought that just by shifting to a new calendar, things would smooth out for you, you are probably finding yourself even deeper in your frustration and anger. In the spirit of this chaotic energy, I thought it would be a good time to take a few minutes and ground ourselves. It is amazing the clarity that can come in during even a few brief moments of quiet contemplation and relaxation.
Before we begin, you may be asking; “What is grounding and why do I need to do it?”
In the most basic terms, grounding is the practice of focusing and stabilizing the energy within us. In our world of high speed information and constant energy exchange, we often get left feeling as though we are being pulled in a thousand directions and little bits of us get scattered everywhere. Through every interaction we have, we create energetic cords that tie us to the people, places and things that we come in contact with. Unconsciously, we often leave these cords in place well after they have served their purpose and begin to act as energy drains instead of information carriers. The practice of grounding helps us to call in these cords and draw our energies back to our core. This not only focuses our own personal energy, but also helps us to create clearer, brighter connections with the power sources that reside in both earth and sky.
As we ground, we focus our thoughts and intentions on connecting to the Earth. Of all the energy sources around us, the ground beneath us is the most stable and permanent. It is in this permanence that we find our core power and an element of peace within us. This peaceful power can be very effective in helping us to navigate our days with greater clarity and purpose.
Tonight, we will be taking a meditative journey to ground ourselves. This will be a group trip to a place within your own consciousness that you can then return to whenever you feel the need.
Begin by finding a comfortable place to sit or lie down. Adjust your lighting, settle yourself in and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths with me and relax your body. Feel the relaxation in your toes. With each breath in, feel the comforting energy flow into your body. With each breath out, feel your tension and stress release. Feel the deep relaxation flowing into your feet. Feel the comforting energies of your breath release the stress in your legs. Feel the relaxation in your hips as you settle your breath into a relaxed pace. Feel the relaxation flow into your spine and extend out to your arms, hands and fingers. As your breathing relaxes, feel the comforting energies rise through your neck and throughout your head. You are completely relaxed and enjoying the bliss of your own comforting energies. The sounds of the room dissipate, the sensations of your body go soft and the only thing you hear is the sound of my voice as we journey away.
Picture in your mind a crowded space. It may be a busy street, a bustling office space or an overly filled room. Allow yourself to feel the energy of the space and interact with the people and things around you. With each interaction, visualize a thin cord extending out from your body to connect with the person or object you connect with. Move throughout the space and continue to connect to the energies around you. Allow yourself to feel the energies of the space again and allow the cords you have connected to remain attached. Feel the energies that come from those cords and acknowledge that this is the same energy you feel in your waking day. Acknowledge and understand that any draining or negative energy you feel is the result of these cords separating you from your core power. One by one, call back these cords from your connections. Say to each connection: “Thank you, I honor your energy as yours, but it is not my own.” “Thank you, I honor your energy as yours, but it is not my own.” Thank you, I honor your energy as yours, but it is not my own.”
As you speak these words to each connection, see your cords retract within you and allow the connected person or object to fade away. As they fade away, see in their place a glimpse of an open field. Continue to release and retract your cords, honoring each connection as they fade away into the open field. As your connections fade, you begin to see the blooming flowers, majestic mountains and bright hues of the morning sky touching the green grasses around you. As you call in the last of your cords, you see that the bustling scene you once pictured is now a quiet place of calm and serenity. As you look around you, you can feel the Earth beneath you calling for the touch of your feet. As you remove your shoes and allow the cool grasses to caress your toes, you can feel the vibration of the ground beneath you. Soft and rhythmic like the beating of a heart, you can feel the pulse of Mother Earth beneath you. With each beat, you feel roots burrowing into the soil from the soles of your feet. Deeper and deeper they go into the cool moist earth. With each breath and with each beat, you feel the energies of the Earth flowing through you. Every breath in draws power and nourishment from beneath you. Every breath out, releases the tension, fear and anxiety from your body. Deeper and deeper your roots continue to grow. Nourishing and detoxifying your body, mind and soul with each breath and beat. As your roots reach for the core of the earth, you feel them wrap around it and embrace the pure energy of Mother Earth. A surge of power flows up through your roots and fills your body with a radiant light. This is the light of the Earth and the light of your soul. As you bask in this light, you can hear a voice calling to you from within. It is the voice of the Earth within you. “Your connection to my core is a divine bond that can never be broken. I honor you as you honor me. I pledge to your soul that I will hold you strong in my love for you. This light within you holds you tight to me. Remember this light when you feel yourself losing your footing and your connection. This place you have created here is ours and is here for you whenever you choose to return. This is our place of communion, our home and our sanctuary. I release you now knowing that our bond is in place, forever holding you to the power within you.”
Feel your roots beginning to release from the core and rise towards you. With each breath they rise towards you compressing and focusing the energies that they carry. As your roots reach your feet, you feel the surge of power again and see the light radiating around you drawn into your root chakra. As this grounding energy resonates within your root chakra, feel it spread throughout your body as a calming yet empowering wave. Allow yourself to remain in this state of calm for as long as you like.
When you are ready to leave, you turn to see a path behind you. As you begin to walk this path, you begin to hear the sounds of your room once more. The feelings and sensations of your space become apparent more as you walk further and further along this path. Your become aware of your breathing once more and as you are ready, your eyes open to the room around you. We acknowledge this journey with one last deep breath and thank our Mother Earth for pledging to always hold us strong in her love.