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Ritual: Grounding Practices

As a healer, I can get swept away into the clouds sometimes.  My energy turns light; my feet begin to float.  During these times, my eyes seem far off and I'm totally lost in my thoughts.  When I catch this happening, I know it's time to pause, set aside some time and get grounded.  I have a few rituals that I use to help with this, especially after either conducting or receiving healing.  May you integrate them into your ritual practice when you need to feel your feet on the ground.

  1. Not surprisingly, one of the first things I do is grab a stone or two, sit down in front of my altar space, and meditate for a bit.  I really like to use hematite, black agate, or jet to help with grounding, but any black or red stone will do.  As I hold on to the stone, I imagine my root chakra digging deep into the earth, spreading roots, and getting nourishment from the soil.  I really like to light sage or incense during this process, as for me scent feels super grounding and connecting.
  2. If I have a little more time on my hands, I take a shaman salt shower.  I combine herbs, essential oils, or anointing oils with 1/4 cups of coarse sea salt and bring it in the shower with me.  I scrub my skin with it, and instantly I'm grounded and connected to the earth.  I love that I can make this a different experience every time because I can switch up the herbs and scents.
  3. I'm lucky enough to live in a city that's full of opportunities to be near the water or in a wooded retreat.  If I have an hour or two to spare, I'll walk, bike, or drive to one of these spots and stroll or jog.  While I do this, I meditate and focus on my feet touching the ground.  Sometimes I take my shoes off to feel the dirt more thoroughly on my skin.  \
  4. One of my favorite grounding practices is eating.  In fact, after I teach all of my Reiki courses, I offer my students a square of dark organic chocolate.  Taking the time to cook a nourishing meal balanced with fats, carbohydrates, and proteins and then eating the meal in sacred concentration makes me feel so grounded and connected. 

So tell me...how do you ground yourself?  Let me know if you use one of these rituals and if they help you.

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