Grounding – you probably hear that word a lot if you’re into metaphysical or spiritual topics.
But what IS grounding and why is it important?
We hear the word ‘ground’ often – everyday actually but don’t think much of it, as a matter of fact I think we take it for granted.
We live on the ground, the ground which is the earth. Our feet are on it and we’re standing on it everyday. But again, we don’t think much of it.
Grounding is important because when we don’t ground, our energy can be all over the place and it’s more likely that things can go wrong throughout your day. We might even find ourselves in a situation that we didn’t see coming because we didn’t ground ourselves.
So what is grounding then?
Grounding is the intentional act of connecting to your body, the ground and to the earth.
You might be thinking to yourself as you read this ‘but I’m already on the ground, I’m already here.’
Are you really here though, or is your spirit wandering while someone is talking to you? You can be physically ‘here’ but still wander. Every single one of us is definitely guilty of daydreaming, thinking about yesterday, worrying about the future or just overthinking in general. We all get distracted one way or another.
So, how do we ground?
We ground by visualizing that we are connected to the earth through a grounding cord. Your grounding cord can be anything.
One of the ways to achieve this is by visualizing roots coming out of your feet and going deep into the ground just like a tree, or you can imagine an electric bolt of lightning piercing through you and running straight into the ground, straight into the core of the earth.
Most people use the tree as a perfect metaphor for grounding: a tree has its roots planted firmly into the earth. It is not easily shaken or will fall down if it’s a windy day, nor will it just slip away when it’s raining hard.
This is what we want to achieve when we are grounding ourselves – we want to be firmly ‘planted’ to the ground and not be swayed when we’re faced with stressful people or situations.
Do this everyday – before you leave your home, before you start driving or whenever you just feel ‘spacey’. You can ground wherever you are, even when you’re just standing somewhere.
Some popular crystals and stones that can help with grounding:
Agates – calm and stabilizing
Black Tourmaline – protects and purifies
Hematite – great for those who are extra spaced out
Obsidian – protects and releases
Jaspers – nurturing and creative Earth energy
Jet – protects
Smokey Quartz – transmutes
Even Quartz crystals when programmed, can be used for grounding; crystals and stones that are of a darker color – black, brown, gray, red.
You can place them near you whether at home or at work, you can also place them in your car.