What is Grounding?
Grounding is the practice of connecting with the Earth’s energy barefoot. Walking in grass, sand, or dirt, grounding is about tapping into the natural, subtle energy field, allowing you to connect back to the Earth. Regardless of your views on whether or not it is a scientifically backed up theory, it is a beautiful practice to get you back into your body, to experience the direct sensations of the Earth, and to create moments of mindfulness, even if just for a few minutes.
But Cara, what if someone lives in a climate that does not allow them to go outside during certain seasons?
Well, I’m so glad you asked because I happen to be one of those people! I live in Chicago where it gets super cold for about 4-5 months out of the year, to the point where going barefoot anywhere is simply out of question. Because of this, I have had to create new rituals for Grounding that can still give you similar benefits of mindfulness and connecting to the Earth and your body. Here are my top 10 grounding ideas when you can’t go outside.
10 Grounding Ideas When You Can’t Go Outside:
You will notice that each of these ideas have a mindful practice behind them. There is no right way to go about it other than to keep it as your intention to stop and pause, even for just 1 minute, and to concentrate on what is happening within your body and heart. That’s it.
1. Foot baths.
This is probably my favorite way to participate in a Grounding practice when indoors. Fill up a large bowl (or just use the bathtub) dwith warm water, epsom salt and even beautiful herbs and dried flowers if you prefer. Sit on a chair or stool and soak your feet for 10 minutes. During that time, bring your focus to how the water feels on your feet. Give all your attention and love to that foot bath.
2. Window bathing.
This is another favorite of mine because it doesn’t require any preparation. Window bathing is perfect for those cold days when the sun is out. Sit on the window sill, close your eyes, and allow yourself to be charge by the energy of the sun. Focus on your breathing and how warm the sun’s rays feel on your skin. Sit there for 5 minutes and just pause. You can recharge by the moonlight as well. Try doing this when the moon is full and bright!
3. Eat earthy vegetables.
What better way to connect with the Earth than to eat vegetables that were birthed underground, carrying all the nutrients that the soil can give?! Try out root vegetables like:
- sweet potatoes/yams/potatoes
Use this as an opportunity to be mindful with each bite. Take your time and eat slowly. You can even create a prayer before your meal so you can set your intentions on connecting to and focusing in on the power of the Earth.
4. Light a candle.
Take a few minutes to focus on lighting a match, watching the flame, and even the smoke that floats up the air after you blow it out. As you mindfully gaze at the light, image that heat emanating power into your soul as you are surrounded by candlelight. I especially love lighting candles at dinner time. There is something magical about being surrounds by the light while I eat.
5. Hold healing crystals in your hand.
Crystals can bring the Earth’s energy into our bodies through the hands we hold them in. Try grasping one in your hands while either meditating, visualizing, or just sitting there silent, taking in deep breaths. You can also keep one in your pocket for the day so when you stick you hand into your jeans, you are continuously reminded to ground yourself. Best crystals for grounding include, though not limited to:
- Black Tourmaline
- Smoky Quartz
6. Stretch | Do Yoga | Exercise.
What better way to connect to your body and the ground below you than to focus ON your body as you exercise or hold deep stretches? Make it a point to really hone in on your breathing too. Breath work and sweat are great ways to ground yourself and bring you into the present moment.
7. Take care of a houseplant.
Houseplants can be extremely meditative as we care for and look upon their uniqueness and beauty. It’s a wonderful way to bring nature indoors and bring life into our homes, literally. A great practice is to set an intention of mindfulness while you water and prune them. If you are a brown thumb like myself, you might want to look into these houseplants that are easier to take care of and less likely to kill:
- Spider Plant
- English Ivy
- Rubber Tree
- Snake Plant
8. Create an earthy herbal tea blend.
Incorporate your sense of taste into your Grounding practice by creating a beautifully curated blend of herbal tea. The entire process of adding the loose leaves and boiling water can be incredibly meditative as you watch the water turn color. Take each sip slowly and savor the earthly flavors coming from your cup and into your mouth. Practice this Gratitude Exercise while sipping. Examples of earthy teas are:
- cramp bark
When you cannot go outdoors, use your imagination and the power of visualization to bring it into your mind. Sit in a quiet space in your home, close your eyes, and imagine yourself walking through a wet, grassy field, a sandy beach, or even plowing your bare feet into rich, moist dirt. Think about how that would feel between your toes, how the Earth feels as it meets your arches, and the sensations of your heels as they gently touch the ground.
10: Listen to nature music.
This can be added as a complement to your visualization, any other indoor Grounding practice listed above, or simply on its own.