I am a work-a-holic with ADHD, so I know how hard it is to take time out of my busy day to calm down, quiet the mind, and just focus on one thing – like, my breathing or my energy.
But I’m not going to lie, when I started to meditate and ground myself, especially after learning the best methods for me, I quickly fell in love.
Especially meditating with other witches, and oh yeah, you should definitely meditate with others. I’ll talk a little about that in this post, but I’ll also be making another post about this because I’ve gotten exceptional experiences from this. Oh, and if you don’t have any witchy friends, I’ll help you out with that as well (in a later post).
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Be warned, folks, this is going to be a slightly long post, so I created a table of contents to show you what I’ll be talking about, and if you want to skip to the good stuff, just click any of the links below.
Table of Contents:
- What is grounding?
- What are the benefits of earthing, grounding, and meditating?
- More reasons to ground
- Tips to help you ground
- How to ground yourself
- Do you ground?
On a scientific point of view, grounding has to do with the electricity inside our bodies. Our bodies are made up of atoms of positively charged protons and neutrally-charged and negatively-charged neutrons. Unfortunately, the things we do and exposure to things like pollution throws that electricity in our body off. Our bodies can even start building up free radicals.
According to Medical News Today, free radicals are basically unstable ions, and as they attempt to become stable, they take electrons from other atoms which can cause or contribute to diseases and signs of aging.
Earthing is basically the process of connecting with the earth, mostly on a physical standpoint, like walking in the grass barefoot. The surfaces you walk on are important, too, so it doesn’t really count if you walk barefoot on concrete. As you connect with the earth physically, it sets your body back to a balanced, neutral state.
As you connect with the earth physically, it sets your body back to a balanced, neutral state.
Earthing is grounding, but grounding isn’t necessarily earthing.
Let me explain.
Earthing requires you to be in touch with the earth physically, but grounding has a more general definition. It’s an exercise that allows you to re-connect to the earth energetically, allowing you to receive clean, nourishing energy from the earth and the universe.
Technically, with grounding, you don’t even need to be outside. You just need to visualize energy from the earth (and the universe, if you want) entering you. But, if you want the best results, you should always do this outside.
In other words, grounding is a more general term and can be used interchangeably.
Grounding (and earthing, for that matter) is a form of meditation, but the thing about meditation is that there are a lot of different ways you can meditate.
Meditation put quite simply, is the practice involving focus, concentration, and/or visualization, often helping bring you to heightened spiritual awareness, but like grounding and earthing, it also has numerous health benefits.
Now technically, when it comes to things like earthing, grounding, and meditation, the definitions can be flexible and based on the person’s beliefs. Maybe some people don’t consider meditating indoors and visualizing centering yourself with earth’s energy as grounding, so I advise you to do your own research and come up with your own beliefs.
I’m not that much of a science-y person (OK, maybe a little), so if I’m being honest I’m going to make this section as simple as possible by gathering as much information as I can, listing them in simple, easy-to-read, bullet points, and providing you with the links of where I got that information.
Keep in mind, this is just information I have found over a variety of blogs and research papers. It’s entirely possible that some of this information can be false, but most likely it’s not researched enough, because…well, meditation, grounding, and earthing are just not researched enough.
With that being said, here it goes.
- It helps with inflammation and can decrease inflammation or even completely eliminating it, which helps with inflammation-related diseases.
- It can reduce or even eliminate chronic pain (and this has definitely helped with my own chronic pain).
- It improves and even promotes a night of deeper sleep. Plus, it even helps if you are trying to practice astral projection, lucid dreaming, psychic dreams, or even dream walking.
- It increases energy and vitality.
- It lowers stress and promotes calmness (and even confidence). In fact, I owe meditation and grounding practices to getting me through my stages of depression when I was in middle school.
- It normalizes the body’s biological rhythms.
- It’s a natural blood thinner and improves circulation, blood pressure, and flow.
- It relieves muscle tension and headaches.
- It dramatically improves healing, including intense athletic activity.
- It can reduce or even eliminate jet lag (this has helped me after a very long flight to Italy)
- It can protect the body against potentially harmful EMF’s.
- It neutralizes free radicals in the body.
- It boosts your immunity.
Of course, this includes all of the above, but there are some more specific points to include involving meditation in general.
- Promotes emotional health
- It enhances self-awareness
- It lengthens attention-span
- May reduce age-related memory loss, however, this needs to be researched more.
- Can generate kindness. I agree with this because I’ve also been a LOT more positive because of meditation.
- It can help fight addictions. I can also attest to this because this has helped me fight my pain-killer addiction in middle school (because I have chronic pain).
- Control food cravings
- Better cognitive skills
- More creative thinking
- Improves memory recall
- It’s a super-antioxidant
- Plus, spiritual benefits involving deepened awareness, the law of attraction, and even balancing the chakras.
Besides these seriously awesome health benefits, plus the spiritual benefits that are listed on this site, here’s one more awesome reason you should be grounding yourself:
It helps with your craft.
No, seriously, it does.
Besides the fact that it helps with focus, concentration, calmness, and visualization, if you ground yourself before casting a spell or ritual, you can build up a lot of energy to use in your spells and direct it to the universe, or wherever else it needs to go. Plus, it can dramatically aid in creating a psi ball, or a ball of energy (I’ll also discuss this in a later post).
What does it look like? How does it move? What color is it? Or is it clear? Close your eyes and picture in your mind’s eye of what the energies look like in your head.
While earth energy, the universe energy, your energy, and so forth is all simply energy at it’s most basic form, based on my personal beliefs these energies function differently – for example, energies from different elements.
For me, I like to visualize the universe’s energy as a stream of bright purple and bluish light coming down from the universe and entering through my head, while Earth’s energy looks like a greenish-brown stream of light coming from deep within the Earth and entering me from the bottom, like my feet.
While you can still meditate anywhere (mindful meditation, especially), it is usually best to meditate in a quiet place where you are unlikely to get interrupted.
But the best place to meditate?
Sure, there’s a chance you will get interrupted, or someone might wander over and wonder what the hell you are doing, but meditating outside has been one of the best experiences of my life.
In fact, when I chose to meditate in an empty park one day, it boosted my calmness, positivity, visualization, and concentration a lot more than regular meditation has for me. Plus, it started to get really windy when I meditated and the energy from the wind only super-charged me. I even ended up having a really weird vision that felt so incredibly real. I don’t really know if it was from the past or future (future, it looked like), but it led me to a weird experience in the woods with my friends that I will never forget. I’ll also talk more about that in a future post, so stay tuned – and maybe sign up to my newsletter for blog updates.
This one is important.
I have chronic pain and sitting upright tends to put a strain in my back, so instead, I decide to meditate laying down.
Many people don’t choose to do this for one obvious reason: They think they will fall asleep.
And I get it but hear me out.
Laying down causes me to get as relaxed as possible, and the ability to force myself to stay awake to meditate has seemed to improve my own meditation – and the results – dramatically.
Oh, and yes, I meditated laying down at the park, too, and I totally probably looked like a weirdo.
Before you go and cleanse yourself spiritually, go cleanse yourself physically.
The clean-like feeling you get helps. Plus, when you shower or bathe, you actually wash off a lot of that negative emotions, and can even get charged by the energy of the water.
Plus, it can help calm you before grounding, and even improve your focus.
Why not use other items to energize yourself and get you in that spiritual mood?
You can use incense, herbs, and even place crystals around you. Cast your circle, or even meditate next to your altar. The energy that comes off of these items can really boost your progress as you ground yourself.
OK, now for the fun part.
I’ll be showing you several different methods of grounding, but essentially they are all the same: Calm yourself and visualize the energy.
Let’s get started.
Sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch.
Just like you focus on your breathing, you can focus on just one sense to help anchor you and enhance mindfulness, which can help quickly strengthen your meditation practice.
Here’s how you do it: Find a place to sit or lie and rest comfortably and relax your shoulders and muscles. Make sure to spend around 3-5 minutes focused on each sense.
Sight – With your eyes open, focus on one object and try to notice every single detail as much as possible. Then, close your eyes and try to visualize as much as you can remember.
Sound – Close your eyes and focus on the sounds around you and even inside you. Sit like this and stay focused on these sounds for a few minutes.
Taste – Experience the senses in your mouth; your tongue, your saliva, your breath. Just focus on what you sense, and it doesn’t necessarily need to be just the taste. You can also take a bite of food or sip of a drink (like tea) and notice all the textures and flavors.
Smell – Take in all the smells. It may be something specific, or it may not. You can focus on one particular smell, like incense, or simply focus on all the smells you can sense.
Touch – Take in everything you feel: How your hands feel lying in your lap, how your clothes feel against your skin, every itch or numbness or tingle, or even the warmth of the sun.
In one session, you can go through all of these senses. You can even break them up, such as doing 5-10 minutes focusing on touch, then the next day focusing on sound.
Earthing Outdoors – Walk outside barefoot. Simply be in direct contact with rock, dirt, or water. (The beach is actually one of the best places!)
Earthing Indoors – Use an earthing mat under your arms or feet (reducing the amount of EMF’s you are exposed to) while on a computer, or even an earthing sheet on your bed.
For both – Although you don’t have to, I still recommend that you become aware of your senses, or even visualize the earth’s energy flowing into you.
One of the easiest and most common ways of meditation (that also helps with getting more energy) is simply sitting in a quiet place and spend a couple of minutes focusing on your breath. It will also help calm your mind, but at first, it may be difficult to not let your thoughts wander.
This is the kind of meditation that doesn’t even require you to sit or lie down, or even close your eyes.
No matter what you are doing, you can practice mindful meditation. Simply pay attention to your senses as you go on in your day to life.
One of my favorites, which can be practiced indoors or outdoors (outdoors is best).
Get comfortable, and try to calm your mind. Relax your muscles.
Next, imagine the earth and the universe’s energy flowing inside you. I often like to do one at a time, such as the universe and the earth.
Visualize what this energy looks like. For me, the universe’s energy looks like a stream of purple and bluish light streaming down from the universe and entering my body from the top of my head, while the earth’s energy looks like a stream of dark green/brown energy coming out from deep within the Earth and entering me from the bottom, like my feet.
Stop when you feel like you are balanced or have enough energy.
Simply relax in a hot bath or a hot tub. You can even put some herbs or bath salt in the bath to help you out.
This is one of the simplest ways to ground and cleanse yourself.
You can even imagine the water’s energy entering you.
Feel free to share how you feel about grounding, other methods, how often, or even your own experiences down in the comments below!