How to Ground Yourself Energetically for a Better Life Experience
When you're grounded, the natural energy exchange between you and the Earth brings many benefits.
What does grounding your energy mean?
Within the context of managing and regulating your energy flow, grounding your energy is about directing your energy downward to connect to and be in sync with the energy of the Earth. When you're grounded, the natural energy exchange between you and the Earth brings many benefits. When you’re fully grounded, you’re present in your embodied experience. You’re in your body, and your energy system's bi-directional energy flow is more balanced. This internal balance of energy flow means better energetic, psychological, emotional, and physical well-being. It also means better manifestation results, but I’ll get more into that in another post!
For now, let’s address why it’s essential to ground your energy and what techniques you can use to do so consistently.
The bi-directional energy flow in your energy system makes your embodied experience possible. The upward moving energy connects you to the expansiveness of higher consciousness and the flow of insights and inspiration. The downward moving energy connects you to the richness of embodied existence and allows you to cocreatively contribute to and participate in physical life. You have two sources of existence, a biological source and a spiritual source — a steady connection to both systems of living intelligence results in a fulfilling and enriched life.
12 signs of being grounded
While there are many more benefits to being grounded than what I’m going to list here, these 12 signs of being grounded will give you a general idea of how nourishing and renewing it is to ground your energy every day:
You feel present, clear and can maintain a steady focus
You have a well-defined or definitive sense of self (you’re embodied)
You feel centered
You have an easier time “grounding” your intentions (manifesting)
You feel the vitality and vibrancy of physical existence
You’re connected to your instinctual intelligence and have an easier time forming and maintaining healthy boundaries
You feel at ease in your body
Your mind is calm
You feel stable, solid
You have inner security
You feel connection and belonging. You feel your interdependence with life on Earth.
You’re able to experience a steady progression of growth.
Scientific Evidence for the Many Benefits of Earthing
A growing amount of research has been published over the last few decades on the benefits of earthing (1), another name for grounding. Research consistently shows measurable physiological and psychological benefits of practices like walking barefoot outside for thirty or more minutes daily. Direct skin or bodily contact with the Earth’s surface ends up producing significant changes in the physical body, including increased blood flow, improved sleep, accelerated wound healing, and improved mood.
The Earth’s natural electrical charge with its abundance of free electrons has a deeply rapid and stabilizing effect on the physical body that essentially nurtures and replenishes its electrical charge. A balanced bio-electrical system translates into experiences of improved physical and psychological well-being.
These psychological and physical benefits are a reflection of the energetic changes grounding allows — primarily, improved energy flow, circulation and balance.
9 Basic Ways to Ground Your Energy
One of the fastest ways to ground your energy is to get out into nature. If you can stand barefoot in a park or at the beach, go on a hike through the woods, or by a mountain, a quick 30-minute session will help you find your ground.
Whole Body Awareness
Physical activity and movement are a great way to ground your energy. Whether you choose a 20-minute run or yoga flow, the active shift into full body awareness helps you to connect to ground.
Specific yoga poses can also help you with grounding your energy. I enjoy doing the Malasana, or Garland Pose (also called a yogi’s squat) for a minute or two each day to ground my energy.
Lower Half Body Awareness
Shifting your awareness to the lower half of your body can help you ground your energy. If you’re sitting down, scanning the lower half of your body from your hip sockets to your knees, then to your feet, and repeating this for a few minutes can help create that grounding shift.
You can also stand and stomp your feet while paying particular attention to how your feet and legs feel when you make contact with the ground.
To specifically focus on the soles of your feet, another effective practice, try digging or pressing your heels into the floor and become aware of how the ground beneath your feet feels as you press your toes.
Sensory awareness is another helpful way to shift your awareness to your embodied physical experience. Bring attention to your physical sensations using your sense of touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing. Notice the texture of the objects around you. Bring a keen mindfulness to your senses, how things smell, look, or taste. That mindful shift of awareness to your sensory experience helps you focus on your physical existence.
Another useful technique is breath awareness. Inhale through the nose to the count of four or five, and exhale through the mouth to the count of four or five. Repeatedly doing this for a few minutes will help you move into a state of relaxation. From there, you’ll start to feel more grounded and present.
Thankfully, there are many different and effective earthing tools you can purchase if an indoor solution is an easier option for you than getting outdoors into nature. Some of the products on the market that I use to help me with grounding include:
Small Earthing Mat
Earthing Yoga Mat
If you search for "earthing" or "grounding" mat online, you'll find good quality earthing products to meet your needs.
Yoga Mudras for the Root Chakra
Spending 30 minutes balancing and stabilizing your root chakra with specific yoga mudras can help you get grounded. Four very effective yoga mudra’s to activate, balance, and stabilize your root chakra are: Bhu Mudra, Prithivi Mudra, Apana Mudra, and Murti Mudra
Kidney 1 “Bubbling Spring” Meridian Point
You can use acupressure to activate the Kidney-1 point located on the sole of each foot. This location is where the kidney meridian emerges. I use a weighted tuning fork to activate this point if I notice that I need to ground my energy more and usually feel the effects instantly. It only takes about five minutes to do, so this one is an easy go-to solution for me. For a visual of where this point is located, search “kidney 1 gushing spring” or “kidney 1 meridian point feet.”
10 Affirmations to Help You Ground Your Energy
You can use the following affirmations on a nature walk or during any one of the shifting awareness exercises I described above:
I feel the strength and solidity of the Earth beneath my feet.
I know to send my energy downward.
I am grounded through my legs and feet.
I am fully established in my body.
I have a strong-rooted foundation.
The Earth supports me and meets my needs.
The grounding frequencies of the Earth nourish me.
I feel the life-giving energy of the Earth.
I’m connected to the biological reality of my existence.
My strong foundation allows me to be firm and make boundaries.
How often do you need to ground your energy
I recommend having a grounding practice that you do every day. Most of these techniques are easy to implement. The key is to do them consistently. A daily 30-minute practice will help you keep your steady connection to ground. Unless you live out in a naturally nature-dense area and walk about barefoot each day, having a dedicated grounding practice woven into your routine will bring a long list of health and spiritual benefits.