what are grounding exercises

What Are Grounding Exercises — Do They Work?

Grounding is a term we hear a lot around meditation, martial arts, and several other spiritual or esoteric topics. What is it?  What are grounding exercises?

What is Grounding, and Why is it Important?

Grounding is a term used in many fields, from physics and electronics and the domain of spirituality, this term 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 the effects of grounding our physiology, and we can experience these changes in our body in several ways.  They help us regulate heart rate and respiration; they give us a sense of peace.  Grounding is real.  Let’s start with some definitions and then look at some examples of grounding techniques or grounding exercises related to spiritual exploration.  (1)

Mental health clinicians use the terms grounding 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.

Almost anything engaging the senses or attention can become a mental anchor, and many of these strategies 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 clinical applications.  Our interest is in methods that cultivate and expand awareness.

What Are Grounding Exercises?

Grounding relates to methods that cultivate internal energy and align 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. (2)

So, do they work?  Yes.  Try one of these exercises for yourself and see.  Many of these processes are used all around the world and you can learn them from the articles on this website.

Grounding Techniques What is Grounding and Why is it Important

When we are grounded, we are connecting all three aspects of our essence, our 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.

Practicing these techniques makes us more aware of all three aspects of our essence.  They help us observe our thoughts so we make better decisions. These techniques also make us more aware of our bodies, so we are aware of minor issues before they become major ones.

Some spiritual teachers use these exercises to help people experience the concept of oneness.  It is not just a philosophical point of view, but a significant perceptual experience that enables one to realize their connection with others and with nature.  When we are grounded, we raise our vibrational frequency to align all aspects of our nature.

What Are Grounding Exercises Good for?

Body ― The realization that we are part of nature, and the Earth. Every material that makes up our body comes from the planet.  That means the Earth is a significant part of our essence.  We can learn to 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

Proper 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.

None require you to join a religion.  Some of them require as little as taking off your shoes.

Natural Grounding or Earthing

earthing feet

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, which connects directly with 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 (3).

Tree Grounding Exercise

Tree Grounding Exercise Connecting with Nature

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

How to Meditate — Beginning 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 productive meetings always begin with a few moments of silence.

Silence is itself a type of grounding.  The silence of solitude is healing, it’s like the reset button on a computer.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation Mindfulness Awareness Practices

Mindfulness builds upon the beginning two-step method and 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.

The moving mindfulness method is an excellent way to learn how you can be grounded and yet 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.

You can learn the two-step meditation process and both mindfulness methods in less than 5 minutes and these techniques are yours forever.

Forest Bathing

forest bathing

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 is 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.

Martial Arts

Martial Arts Master Guru Syofyan Nadar Pencak Silat
Martial Arts Master Guru Syofyan Nadar Pencak Silat

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?  Learning to be grounded while in motion is a fundamental martial arts principle.

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 to be grounded, you build a platform for other spiritual practices.

What are grounding exercises good for in our modern world?  They help put life into perspective and help us think more clearly, with less stress.  Who wouldn’t want that?


(1) Grounding: Exploring Earthing Science and the Benefits Behind It: https://www.healthline.com/health/grounding

(2) What is Grounding: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grounding

(3) The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/

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