Grounding is a very important fundamental skill for practitioners of any path. Building on my informational post titled Grounding I would like to share an Intermediate Exercise. This Exercise will include a simple form of discursive meditation. The idea behind this form of meditation is to chew up your thoughts; basically recognize and organize them for future contemplation. In my Grounding article I introduced the idea of using the senses to reinforce this connection to the firm foundation of earth and the other elements. In Grounding we commonly imagine or visualize a cord coming from the Root Chakra or base of the spine, associated with the Element of Earth and pushing our excess energies, thoughts, and emotions down via the cord deep into the core of the Earth itself. What I would like to add today is a way to process that information (energies, thoughts, emotions) into a useful tool for self reflection and organization.
Drink a simple glass of water to hydrate and reinforce the idea flowing.
Get comfortable with good posture allowing your spine to be straight.
Breathe; in a threefold manner; three seconds inhale, three hold, three exhale.
Continuing with the power of Breath; Slowly pay attention to your thoughts and feelings, focus on what you notice with your five physical senses.
Let stray thoughts and feelings flow down your spine, the cord, and deep into the core of the Earth.
Continue this process for as long as you can, stopping when you can hold the focus for around 15 minutes.
Please feel free to provide feedback on your experiences, and ask any questions that you may have.
When I think of Air, several things come to mind. First I think of consciousness and knowledge; the consciousness of Self as well as the Collective Consciousness and the knowledge that both of them hold. Next I think of the resource of Air as Breath and how it drives the life force. Finally I think of the Powers of Speech, Story, and Song.
When it comes to consciousness and knowledge; I think of how inspiration and knowledge come like the warmth of the rising sun, in rays after the cool night. New information and perspectives allow us as sentient beings to relate and communicate with understanding and the ability to relate ideas. This communication participates not only in expanding our personal Self consciousness, but also perpetuates the growth of the Collective.
Breath itself is the single most important experience we share with every other living creature on the planet. Through this relationship we can recognize the life force both in the sharing of Air in breath and provides a natural path for inspiration to enter our bodies physically.
Breath also provides a medium and fuel for the stories we tell, the words we speak, and the songs we sing. When we participate in these activities we add a level of vibration or a pattern within Air itself that is imeadiately discerned by our ears as sound.
In closing I’d like to suggest contemplating the way these different aspects of Air cooperate as a whole; consciousness, breath, and the vibrations of sound. Perhaps make this a subject of a future meditation session.
Using the five physical senses when grounding is very effective, and the senses themselves are commonly associated with the elementals. Below you find the correspondenses I use, there are of course different thoughts on the subject.
Sense => Element Table
Keeping the previous table in mind; there are many ways to use different elements and the senses for grounding. For instance, blue and green are calming, balancing colors associated with earth and water respectively; red and yellow, fire and air. By adding a colored glass to your environment, you can effect water or even by enjoying a calming cup of tea, put on some relaxing music or natural sounds and you are pulling in the element of air. Burn lavender, jasmine, or other soothing incense to connect with fire, even using colored or white candles can be great ways of bringing fire elements into a grounding ritual. Get in a comfortable position on a nice soft upright chair, surround yourself with some of these suggestions, and grounding can be an almost effortless event.