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February 20, 2016

Grounding Meditation

We all need some grounding, at times. Our modern lives can be so hectic, that we can feel disembodied and lost in “head space”, disconnected from ourselves and our surroundings. Even our usual meditation practices might not help in these cases, especially if we fall into the trap of trying to manipulate our thoughts rather than staying with our naked experience.

So how do we become more grounded? Let's do grounding meditation. It’s not difficult to do, although it might not be perceived as easy at first. To put it simply, we need to go back to our truest experience, as it is unmediated by thoughts. The easiest way to do so is to re-learn to connect with our body, staying true to what we are sensing and feeling in this moment.

A grounding meditation can work wonders. These are very simple meditation practices that bring us back in touch with our experience of our body and senses in the present moment. The difficulty often comes from our mind’s desire to hijack the process and complicate matters.

In the PDF below, you’ll find a very simple Grounding Meditation, which offers an amazing starting point into grounding practices, whatever your current level. 

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If you’ve benefited from our Grounding Meditation and would like explore this path further, do keep reading. We’ve listed a couple of wonderful somatic meditations below.

Going deeper: Somatic Meditation practices

Here are two great grounding meditation practices you might enjoy if you are looking to explore your experience of your body further.

1. The Hand Sensing Exercise, by Eckhart Tolle

This is a very simple grounding meditation by Eckhart Tolle, designed to help us get in touch with our inner sense of aliveness. 

Close your eyes and hold out your hand. Allow yourself to feel your hand.

Now ask yourself: without touching anything, without moving your hand and without looking at your hand, how can you know that your hand is still there?

If you pay attention, you realize that you can feel the inside of your hand, a subtle sense of warmth or tingling.

That’s it.

Now move your attention slowly to the rest of your body and feel that sense of warmth/tingling throughout. Add progressively more and more parts of your body until you can feel that sense of aliveness in every single cell.

This is a really simple and pleasant exercise you can do anywhere at any time. The results over a short period of time can be amazing.

2. Somatic Descent, by Reggie Ray

Another great practice is Reggie Ray’s “Somatic Descent”.

Inspired by the yogic practices of Vajrayana Buddhism, Somatic Descent teaches us how to be present in the body, so that we can allow the depth of our body-based intelligence to reveal itself. It teaches us to go deeper into the body and experience its fulness, rather than staying in more rarified, "above-the-neck" states of consciousness.

This practice requires a bit more time and commitment. You can hear Reggie Ray introducing it. There’s also a PDF you can download with the full practice. If you prefer step-by-step audio guidance, you can find it in his audiobook “The Practice of Pure Awareness: Somatic Meditation for Touching Infinity”, where he walks us through nine step-by-step sessions for “waking down" into the body and reconnecting with it.

These Grounding Meditation practices are highly recommended and their benefits cannot be overstated. Once you re-train yourself to be in your body in a very simple and natural way, you’ll start seeing benefits in all areas of your life, as your whole being becomes more open, connected, and compassionate.

About the author 

Kevin Wood

Before I realized words were my calling, I was stringing together language of a different sort, code. I taught myself to program while in school (for philosophy), and built WordPress sites for a living. It was a grind, but it was fun. Until it wasn’t. Lucky for my sanity, I found this little thing called writing. Now, I write in the technology space, it was a natural extension of my skills. I know tech and I know writing. Why not combine them.
And that brings us to the present day. Creating epic content for tech-related websites, startups, SaaS businesses, and high-traffic online business and marketing blogs. I only write for companies who I’m passionate about.