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In our day to day lives we will often hear the expression that we need to remain ‘grounded’ meaning that we need to be sensible and realistic while keeping our mentality and emotions stable in hectic times when there is a lot going on.
This expression actually has its roots in spiritual grounding which relates to a similar purpose, but is practiced far differently.
Spiritual grounding is an extremely popular practice for those who want a greater connection between themselves and the Earth and can lead a person away from making hasty or rash decisions influenced by the mind.
Spiritual grounding comes with a huge plethora of benefits, so in order to gain a clearer idea on how you can start practicing this technique to feel a true presence within your body and a connection to the Earth and the surrounding nature, we have taken a deep dive into how it works.
What Does Spiritual Grounding Mean?
Even if someone does not consider themselves as very spiritual, being spiritually grounded is still an essential component of all our lives that allows us to maintain a strong relationship with the natural world.
With how busy most of us are and how much stress we all go through in our day to day lives, it can be easy to become ‘ungrounded’ where our minds become fixated on the past or the future.
This can easily lead our brain to become unfocused as if it is spinning and unable to focus on the present moment, leaving us tired and fatigued.
Spiritual grounding therefore helps a person live in the here and now which is incredibly important since the present moment is all that really exists.
It is much easier for us to get disconnected from the world and to function on autopilot, however this is exactly why spiritual grounding is so important to help pull us away from negative emotions and unwanted feelings.
Ways To Practice Spiritual Grounding
The primary way to become grounded with nature and experience the physical and emotional benefits that comes from it is to interact with the Earth physically with your bare feet.
The Earth is always there to support us when we need it, by even just feeling the deep centered creative life force of our planet we immediately boost our emotional and physical health as well as becoming more creative.
Grounding in this way can take a few different forms entirely depending on the type of activity you want to do, for example a simple barefoot mindful walk where you take slow and careful steps across an expansive field while breathing in deeply and slowly is a perfect way to spend some time reconnecting to the Earth and receive many long term benefits from doing so just for 20 minutes or longer if you wish.
Because of the creative life force that rises through our body and out through our hands when we are grounding with the planet, it can be a hugely beneficial but also fun idea to try out some activities you may not have practiced in a while because of time restraints on a picnic bench or on the ground while remaining barefoot on the grass.
This could be sketching, finger pints or even clay work.
By reconnecting with our favorite hobbies and grounding ourselves with the positive energy of nature and the Earth, time suddenly slows to a crawl as we can enjoy expressing ourselves through what truly makes us who we are rather than what we are expected to do.
If you are in a more naturally dense area, you can even create a collage of natural objects you find lying around such as stacking pebbles or making a large heart shape out of shells that you find as a beneficial activity that encourages healing and growth.
How Long Should A Grounding Session Take?
There is no exact definitive time that is perfect for grounding, however 30 minutes weekly is usually seen as an optimal amount of time to flush out old and negative energy built up over the course of that week, and absorb new life-giving energy that helps renew the spirit itself.
Of course if you wish for a session to be a bit longer or shorter, this is also perfectly fine and is entirely up to how much you want to get out of the experience.
If you have already practiced becoming closer to nature through other techniques and just want to ensure you are not losing touch with it as the week goes on, you can try a shorter grounding session from 10 to 20 minutes, however if you really want to experience the long term beneficial effects and have the time to practice more, then you can practice spiritual grounding for an hour or even more, there really is no limit.
The Benefits Of Spiritual Grounding
While spiritual grounding from its name can seem like a purely spiritualist practice, there is actually also a plethora of scientific research that has highlighted the huge benefits from grounding including a huge decrease in fatigue levels, a big decrease in chronic pains and great improvements for sleep.
Spiritual grounding also is known to highly reduce stress levels, assist with memory formulation and improve circulation to aid the delivery of oxygen and nutrients and a better blood flow to the face.
Above all, grounding offers a sense of physical and emotional balance and stability in our lives which is near impossible to find and can only be achieved through techniques that link our body, heart and mind to our natural surroundings much the same as mediation does.
We all need balance and stability in our lives, especially with how many demands and requirements are put on us day to day which can easily allow our mind to wander from the present moment and cause us to make rash decisions.
Spiritual grounding is a perfect technique to remedy this and bring positive energy and stability to our lives through physically and emotionally connecting with the planet.
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