Are there times when you feel restless, agitated, and uncomfortable in your own skin?
When something has your head scattered and body disjointed and activated… and you just want to ground all of that frenzied energy!
I feel you! In my work as a soul coach, grounding my energy is a very regular practice and I recommend it to all of my clients.
You have a desire to ground your energy spiritually to help you feel more settled and… in a word, grounded.
Here are 7 great ways to ground yourself spiritually.
How to ground yourself spiritually
Here are 7 of my favorite spiritual grounding techniques to help you understand how to ground yourself spiritually so you’ll calm and ground your energy.
1. Mother Earth Meditation
Here’s a grounding meditation I do each day to connect with Mother Earth.
I picture my body, sitting with legs crossed, with roots extending downward, deep into the earth. Then, I imagine calm, soothing, powerful earth energy coming up from the earth and into my lower body.
Visualize this calm, steady, soothing earth energy filling your body.
This helps you connect with Mother Earth and bring in her healing earth energy.
Meditation in general is helpful as it helps you focus on your breath, which is calming.
Meditation helps you calm the overthinking monkey mind.
2. Walk… then walk barefoot
Years ago, when I was grieving the loss of my husband, I read Julia Cameron’s, The Artist Way: A Spiritual Path for Higher Creativity.
Inside she talks about “imprinting the earth with your pain”… and I took to that idea with gusto.
I walked and walked and walked for years.. it helped me put ground beneath my very unsteady feet.
Walking (with shoes on) is grounding by itself. There’s a rhythm to walking: right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot... slowly you’re alternating one step after another.
I read once that walking mimics the principles of EMDR. (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Recovery)
“The rhythmic movement of walking might be therapeutic in and of itself. This type of movement has been proven to stimulate the connecting between the right and left hemispheres of the brain and, in turn, facilitates emotional processing. It’s the same basic foundation of EMDR work.”
In addition, I was able to feel grounded in a different way when I took off my shoes and walked on moist grass, concrete, or sand.
The grounding properties don’t matter… what does matter is that your foot is connected to the ground beneath you directly, which is powerful.
Try this for yourself: Take off your shoes and walk slowly for about 5 minutes or more outside on moist grass, dry grass, concrete, or sand.
As you’re walking, picture the energy of the earth coming up into your feet and grounding you. This is a deeply satisfying spiritual grounding experience.
3. Deep Breathing
Breathing is one of the quickest and simplest things you can practice to ground you.
My favorite breathing practice is to Inhale for 4 counts, pause, and then exhale for 8 counts. Fill the entire body with your breath.
This rhythm is best for calming the brain according to Dr. Daniel Amen, a physician, adult and child psychiatrist, and founder of Amen Clinics dedicated to ending mental illness with brain health.
Be sure to breathe gently and deeply several times a day to practice getting a connection to your breath.
Yoga is great for learning how to breathe properly.
4. Spiritual Reading
Spiritual reading is at the heart of my spiritual grounding practice.
For me, what I put into my mind, and therefore my body, is everything.
So, I’m always reading something of a spiritual nature.
Here are some spiritual books I highly recommend in my blog post, A Spiritual Blog: How to Be Authentic and Love Yourself.
The article talks about four pillars of my blog, Jeanne Nangle Soul Coach, as well as books I recommend to help you along your spiritual path.
Also, here’s more guidance on How to Find Yourself Spiritually.
5. High-Vibe Thinking™
When you think high vibration, you’ll feel more grounded.
Why is that?
Because high-vibe thinking™ creates positive energy that helps you feel better, calmer, and less reactive to negative situations.
Since thoughts create emotions, as you choose thoughts that create inner peace and self love, you feel less frenetic.
I’ve written extensively on positive thinking skills or high-vibe thinking™ and I teach these practices to clinicians and in schools.
It’s also important that you talk to yourself in a way that’s self-loving, tolerant, self-honest, and empowering.
Journaling is a daily practice that helps you dump your extra unwanted energy onto the page.
This helps you feel grounded because it’s a form of expression that releases emotions.
This will help you gain clarity from journaling. Take a few moments each day to journal, you’ll find it very helpful.
If you don’t like to write, you can use the voice feature on your phone or laptop to speak what’s on your mind and have it transcribed into a note on your phone or into a Google document.
I do this a lot!
7. Being out in nature
There are many advantages of being in nature, and grounding is one of them.
In nature you feel a connection to something grander than your thoughts and emotions.
As you’re outside, taking it all in, listen to the sounds, take a moment and feel your innate joy of being alive.
There’s something about being in nature that creates a sense of… I’m going to be OK.
What is spiritual grounding?
Grounding yourself describes practices that help you reconnect with the present moment, your body, and the physical world around you.
People use grounding techniques to manage stress and a number of emotions that feel like DISTRESS!
You know the feeling… this is too much?! Well, thankfully there are practical ways to ground your energy to help you feel… in a word: grounded.
Grounded like the earth beneath your feet.
Spiritual and physical energy are all around you
The universe is energy.
What does that mean?
All the parts of the universe, physical and non-physical have a vibration frequency. For my work in particular, I’m aware of the vibration of thoughts and emotions.
You can send positive thoughts to help those you love… just as you can think positive thoughts to help elevate your own health and well-being.
Spiritual energy is often called Chi or qi.
Merriam Webster Dictionary defines qi as the “vital energy that is held to animate the body internally and is of central importance in some Eastern systems of medical treatment (such as acupuncture) and of exercise or self-defense (such as tai chi.)”
What is the physical body?
You can think of the human body as a house for the soul and a container for human existence.
That’s an easy way to disconnect from the body isn’t it?
It’s just holding us… that’s all.
Yet, we are so anchored by the drives of the human body.
What should I eat? How do I stop feeling this way? How do I get in good shape so certain people will notice me?
It’s a lot.
So, when the physical body is uncomfortable, it gets our attention because human’s will do what we have to to avoid pain.
“Humans are hardwired to avoid and escape pain”, says PsychologicalScience.org in regard to pain management.
Grounding your energy is a phenomenal and important spiritual practice.
I’ll add that grounding yourself is especially important if you’re struggling through a soul crushing experience or situation.
When you’re feeling like your body is all over the place, you feel anxiety, and you’re worried you won’t be able to calm down, practice one of the grounding techniques I’ve mentioned above to help you feel better.
I’ve been grounding my energy with all of the methods I list in this article and I can’t imagine life without our ability to feel our way into the earth… and settle down.