In this article and video, you will learn a powerful guided meditation for grounding and centering yourself. Grounding exercises and techniques take on many forms. This exercise is a visualization that will anchor you in your body and in the here and now.
Groundedness is a very helpful quality to embody before a formal meditation session. If you feel that you are especially spacey or that your mind is too chattery during a concentration or a mindfulness meditation practice, try this exercise first as a warm up. You can also treat it as a meditation technique in itself.
You can stand for this grounding meditation or you can sit with your back as straight as possible and your feet flat on the floor.
Whenever you have the opportunity to let go of tension during this meditation exercise, do so. The more receptive you are the better.
Grounding Exercise Instructions
1. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths through the nose.
2. Your hara is the point a couple inches below the navel and a couple inches in. Let your abdomen expand in all directions like a balloon when you breathe, and imagine that breath going straight to the hara.
3. Imagine tree-like roots growing out of the bottoms of your feet. Let them dig into the Earth’s crust.
4. The roots are digging past rocks and working their way to the Earth’s hot mantle. They are going through the mantle and beyond, into the center of the Earth’s hot molten core.
5. A pressure is building in the core of the Earth. Allow your roots to be receptive to this energy. You don’t have to do anything special. Just be open.
6. On the exhale, let go of anything you need to let go of. Send any anger, mental chatter, tension, resentment or anything else holding you back into the Earth’s core to be burned and transmuted.
7. Receive the energy of the core of the Earth through your roots. Let it rise through the mantle, through the crust, through the feet, legs, genitals, abdomen, chest, neck and head.
8. Allow this to continue as you become brighter and brighter. The light is filling you like a balloon. Do this until you feel like you are fully glowing with the warm radiance.
9. Let the light go through the crown of your head, the soft spot on the very top. The light continues to travel upward and merge with the stars and their radiant light and heat. You are now open and receptive to the starlight.
10. You are growing branches that reach up to the stars. Allow the starlight to pour through your crown and your branches, filling you with light. You are as bright as a star.
11. Allow the starlight to pass through your whole body and down through the roots until it merges with the Earth’s core.
12. On the inhales through the nose, you are drawing up the radiant energy of the Earth’s core, letting it pass through you and sending it to the stars. During the exhales, you are drawing the radiant light from the stars, letting it pass through you and sending it through the roots to the Earth’s core. You are big. The core and the stars are not far away. Do this for as long as you wish.
13. Next, on the inhales, draw the Earth energy through the roots and into your heart area. On the exhales, draw the starlight downward to your heart area. Do this for as long as you wish.
14. Next, on the inhales, draw both the energies from the Earth and sky to your heart. On the exhales, they are mixing and swirling around your heart center. Do this until you experience a warm and expanded feeling.
15. Now, on the inhales, draw both the energies from the Earth and sky to your heart. On the exhales, let it flow from your heart to your hands and fingers. Do this for as long as you wish or until your hands are tingling with warmth.
16. (Optional) Bathe in the bliss for a while. If any thoughts come up, acknowledge them and let them be without judgment. They will dissipate on their own. Then bathe in the bliss again. In most cases you will have less internal chatter by this point.
Tom Von Deck is a meditation trainer, speaker and author of Oceanic Mind – The Deeper Meditation Training Course. Tom specializes in making meditation a much easier and more customized process for busy and non-busy people from all backgrounds and paths. He is the Mackdaddy of The Deeper Meditation Blog and DeeperMeditation.net.
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