Grounding is a term we hear a lot around meditation, martial arts, and several other spiritual or esoteric topics. What is it?
What is Grounding, and Why is it Important?
Grounding is a term used in many fields, from physics and electronics. In the domain of spirituality, it has a special meaning. Grounding is a measurable connection between objects. Science tells us all matter is a form of every, so we ARE a kind of energy that is conscious. We can measure our physiology’s grounding.
Let’s start with some definitions. Then, look at some examples of grounding techniques or grounding exercises related to spiritual exploration.
Mental health clinicians use the terms grounding and grounding techniques. However, they use these terms to describe cognitive anchoring strategies. These are practical tactics that help people regulate their emotions. The mental anchor helps keep someone from slipping into unwanted thoughts and feelings.
In the mental health arena, almost anything engaging the senses or attention can become a mental anchor. Most of these techniques are also practical ways to help you become more present. When you are present, it keeps the mind from fixating on negative thoughts. We won’t go into these more clinical applications. Our interest is in methods that cultivate and expand vitality and awareness.
What Are Grounding Exercises?
Grounding relates to methods that cultivate internal energy and aligning us. When we are grounded, we are present, balanced, and aligned. We can think more clearly and act with more purpose. Many of these methods calm our hyperactive minds and cultivate a state of restful alertness. An example of this is when you feel calm during chaos. The calmness comes from being grounded.
So, do they work? Yes. Try one of these exercises for yourself and see. Many of these processes are used all around the world.
When we are grounded, we connect all three parts of our essence, body, mind, and spirit. It’s a mental and physical state that can generate energy. When we are grounded, we are present and aware. As we stabilize and align our awareness, we feel in tune and have a sense of inner harmony. We are aware of all three aspects of our essence.
The state of being grounded enables us to experience the concept of oneness. It is not an esoteric philosophy but a tangible and measurable physiological event. When we are grounded, we raise our vibrational frequency to align all aspects of our nature.
Grounding Exercises Connect Us
Body ― We are part of nature, the Earth. Every material that makes up our body comes from the Earth. That means the Earth is a significant part of our essence. We can resonate with the vibrational frequency of the Earth.
Mind ― The mind is the mechanism that connects our consciousness to our bodies. It’s the mechanism of Ego that contains our personality and instincts. These tools are the window that connects us to the Observer. Some people call it the Observer, Spirit, or Soul.
Spirit ― Our Spirit, Soul, or Observer isn’t physical, but we know it exists because it is the person you talk to inside your head. It’s the person who experiences your dreams when you sleep. It’s the “real you.” The Observer connects to our body via the thread of consciousness. One of the primary goals of many grounding exercises is to connect the body, mind, and spirit.
Extra Benefits of Being Grounded
Alignment promotes clear rational thinking. Enhancing critical thinking is vital. It also gives us some control over the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. It affords us control over our anger and fear, fight, flight, or freeze response. Thus, we are more emotionally stable.
If someone asks what is grounding and why it is essential? You can tell them it’s all about generating positive vibes and balancing your emotional equilibrium. That’s because when we connect with the Earth, we connect with other people. Thus, it facilitates positive thoughts and energy. We use positive energy healing for practices like Reiki, Shiatsu, and Pejut. Above all, the effect is positive and beneficial for our health and wellness.
Primary Grounding Exercises
Here are some of the best grounding techniques in the arena of spiritual exploration. Many people believe this is the best place to start your spiritual journey. That is because many other spiritual technologies depend upon your ability to be grounded and centered.
Natural Grounding or Earthing
Walking barefoot is earthing. It’s perhaps the simplest way to become grounded. Electrical engineering is the source of the term Earthing. It means to discharge or exchange electrical energy. The same concept applies to people and the Earth.
Earthing is a grounding technique that helps us exchange energy with the Earth, thus, connecting us to the nutrients in the soil and the planet’s vibrational energy.
It is preferable to walk barefoot on the ground untouched by man. It puts you in touch with the unspoiled fabric of the Earth. It’s why walking barefoot on the beach is soothing, and there is some fascinating science behind Earthing (1).
Tree Grounding Exercise
The idea of Tree Grounding is easy to understand. You reach out either physically or visually and connect with a tree. After all, the roots of trees are a physical representation of the connection we are trying to make.
The practice helps to focus the mind on nature, and it helps to calm our overactive minds. Many people find it’s an oasis, giving us a chance to rest. It’s a great way to reduce stress. And it is a way to honor nature.
Beginning Meditation or Grounding Meditation
As the name implies, beginning meditation is a simple two-step meditation method. This process is one of the primary grounding exercises. Because it is only two steps, anyone can learn this method. Children who can count to two can learn this meditation technique.
If you want to learn how to meditate, this is the place to start. It uses principles that are the foundation of many other advanced forms of meditation. So, master these two fundamental steps, and all different kinds of meditation will be more accessible.
Meditation is the oasis of silence. The mind naturally moves to this place, settles, and stops internal chatter. When we silence our inner chatter, this allows us to feel grounded; that’s why it’s called a grounding meditation. Now you can listen and think more clearly. The most influential meetings always begin with a few moments of silence.
This method builds upon the beginning two-step method. Mindfulness meditation includes a seated and moving progression. Learning this method is easy. It’s a practical way to take the stillness of meditation into motion. This method builds the bridge between seated and moving meditation. Both processes promote a healthy connection to the “source.” It’s one of the best ways to silence self-talk.
This method is also an excellent way to ground while moving. We use it to prepare other forms of moving meditation like Tai Chi. You can do it almost anywhere and for any length of time, making it a versatile grounding form.
Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere.” It is better known as forest bathing. It is a combination of walking, mindfulness meditation, and tree grounding. In Japan, it is a part of preventative healthcare.
This technique is the application of moving mindfulness into the wilderness. Being in nature while using mindfulness makes it a refreshing way to get grounded. When we conduct our seminars, we always try to do it in or near a nature preserve. Spending time in nature facilitates the normalization of any new spiritual technology.
Grounding is the fundamental principle of martial arts. It also means these arts are a basic form of moving meditation. It seems contrary to common sense. How can one move but also be grounded? Nevertheless, learning to be grounded while in motion is a fundamental necessity of many martial arts systems.
The choreographed movements and the proper mindset and breathing become a mnemonic learning device. It connects us with the “source” while we are moving. Tai Chi, Tai Ka, and Qigong are martial arts platforms that often focus on this concept. Indonesian forms of Silat use this concept. It’s a way of dancing with your opponent. They will use the rhythm of the Gamelan to become grounded while moving. Combat becomes a dance.
So, What is Grounding, and Why Is It Important?
Grounding exercises are actions that connect and align our mind, body, and spirit. The goal of being grounded is to think and act from a grounded place of alignment. These exercises promote spiritual exploration by connecting us with our true nature. If you learn how to be grounded, you build a platform for other spiritual practices.
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(2) Joseph Campbell; Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia