Essentially we are spiritual beings having a human experience.
I learnt long before I became a counsellor the importance of grounding through studying metaphysics and becoming a Reiki practitioner. We often hear people telling us to ground ourselves, but we may not know what that means. Grounding ourselves is a way of bringing ourselves back down to earth.
Sometimes if we are too much in our heads, feeling flighty, then we are not grounded. It could be that a client is feeling that way and transference has taken place. That’s why it’s so important for us counsellors to ground before and after working with clients. Some of us are more prone than others to leave our bodies or not be firmly rooted to the ground. We don’t often walk barefooted in the woods or outside so wearing shoes can be a block to the connection to Mother Earth.
There’s nothing terribly wrong with this, but while we are living on the earth plane it is best to stay grounded in the body. Another way of grounding is to close our eyes and concentrate on our breath and watch as it enters and leaves the body. Then concentrate on each part of your body and tell it to relax.
Then if we imagine roots growing from the top of our legs down to our feet then into the ground, deeper into the earth then wrapping them around something says tree roots or crystals we can feel fully grounded. Giving us energy and feeling the union of ourselves and Mother Earth. This is why grounding ourselves every day, especially at the beginning of the day, is such a beneficial practice.
This practice is as simple as bringing our conscious awareness to our bodies and the earth on which we walk.