Grounding: Yes, You Too

Grounding: Yes, You Too November 5, 2022

In a recent blog post, I talked about grounding.

Some folks reached out and said: OMG YES. (Well, maybe that’s not a direct quote.)

So I want to talk a little bit more about my once-foe, now-friend magickal tool.

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Ground if You Want To, Ground Around the World

One of the best ways to learn about grounding is to try to notice what it feels like in your body. Start tracking the way you feel. Start thinking about what grounding feels like in your particular body. All of us are different, after all, so to aim for ‘one way’ of grounding is frustrating; possibly impossible.

I define grounding as the state in which I can be present with what is happening internally and externally. The state in which I am not telling stories about what is happening or reacting to what is happening. I am just in the moment.

It might feel like calm to you. Your body might feel smooth. Your brain might be quiet.

But…it might also be when your brain is active, but able to handle the active. It might also be that you are moving around, but with purpose and presence.

Once you understand what grounded feels like for you, backtrack to what you did before you felt that way. Were you with certain people? In a certain place? Followed a certain pattern or schedule?

If you can find the way back to groundedness, you will feel less lost.

From there, you can use all sorts of grounding tools.

  • Breathe
  • Envision roots into the ground and branches in the sky
  • Touch a place on your body that reminds you to be present, e.g., your heart, your hand, your neck
  • Relax your muscles
  • Release any thoughts by writing them down or picturing them being put into a bag to be dealt with later

Grounding does not need to be difficult, complicated, or lengthy.

What it does need to be is ongoing.

Grounding sounds like a destination, but it’s really a journey. You have to return to it and the way there is the grounding. The moment you are grounded is the first moment you might step away from that feeling.

Like any practice, the more you do it, the more you will be able to return to this place.

 

 

About Irisanya Moon
Irisanya Moon (she/they) is an author, witch, international teacher, and Reclaiming initiate who has practiced magick for 20+ years. She wrote 7 books (so far), including Pagan Portals (Reclaiming Witchcraft - 2020, Aphrodite - 2020, Iris - 2021, Norns - 2023), Earth Spirit (Honoring the Wild - 2023, Gaia - 2023), and Practically Pagan: An Alternative Guide to Health & Well-being - 2020. Irisanya cultivates spaces of self-care/devotion, divine relationship (whatever that means to you), and community service as part of her heart magick and activism. You can read more about the author here.
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