Posted by Amy Dustin, RN on 29th Mar 2021
Getting In Contact With The Planet
When you’re feeling stressed, out of balance, or just dealing with the mid-winter blahs, grounding meditation ceremonies or exercises are a great way to visualize WHAT you want so that you can filter out all of the thoughts about what you don’t want. You will be fully present so that you can manifest your dreams, goals, and desires more easily.
Grounding or Earthing refers to direct skin contact with the Earth to ground the electrical frequencies in your body to the Earth's electromagnetic energy flow. This is typically done walking, standing, or sitting barefoot with direct contact with the Earth for at least 30 minutes.
Grounding clears your mind. When grounding is done regularly, you can deal with stress and difficulty more effectively. A recent study on Grounding notes that “multiple reported benefits include improved sleep and mood, decreased pain, a normalizing effect on cortisol, reduction of stress, diminished damage to muscles caused by exercise, lessening of primary indicators of osteoporosis, better glucose regulation, and immune response.”
Think of this time in grounding meditation as a self-care routine that is best done in small increments daily and longer grounding ceremonies on a weekly or monthly basis.
Grounding is also thought to improve high blood pressure by improving the functions of the autonomic and parasympathetic nervous systems, a normalizing effect on cortisol, reduction of inflammation and pain, better sleep, and improved blood flow and viscosity.
Think of this time in grounding meditation as a self-care routine that is best done in small increments daily and longer grounding ceremonies on a weekly or monthly basis. Daily meditations can be 10 to 15 minutes long, while weekly or monthly meditation ceremonies can be 30 minutes or longer.
Of course, in the midst of winter, we don’t normally think fondly of going barefoot on the freezing ground. Fortunately, there are many other ways to create grounding ceremonies for yourself.
Forms of sensory stimulation can be the perfect way to center and ground yourself in the winter. This is where you can get creative and self-directed in your own care. You will eventually develop the grounding tools that can help you in a pinch when anxiety is taking over and other tools that can be practiced daily but in small amounts of time.
When you need to ground yourself quickly, engage your five senses using the 5-4-3-2-1 practice by noting:
- 5 things you can see
- 4 things you can touch
- 3 things you can hear
- 2 things you can smell
- 1 thing you can taste
Splashing your face with cold water or deep diaphragmatic breathing are also great ways to ground yourself quickly.
Expand on utilizing the 5 senses for planned, daily grounding rituals, which can include:
- Smudging sage or sweetgrass
- Diffusing essential oils.
- Drawing a luxurious bath to soak in for a while.
- Getting outside and listening to the birds singing or the wind moving the trees.
- Creating a Vision Board on a dry erase board at home.
- Feeling and touching your favorite small objects in your home such as crystals or sentimental items.
- Arranging or rearranging your altar space.
- Touching the rain or snow with your hands.
Don’t forget to plan your daily and weekly grounding ceremonies when you take your NurseGrown Organic products!
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Disclaimer: The information provided is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, provide medical advice, or otherwise replace consultation with a qualified medical or health provider.