When our thoughts run away with us and we are in a state of worry, anxiety, upset, confusion, or overwhelm we can find it difficult to communicate with others, complete tasks, stay in a positive frame of mind, fall asleep, drive, or simply relax.
This meditation is especially helpful before our mind runs away with us to be able to greet the day from a grounded place – from our sense of self, not from our thoughts. That said, when we find ourselves in our heads and not our hearts, by following this guided meditation, we are giving our minds something to do instead of perseverating on worries or to-do’s which can give us a much needed break to release the tension and stress in our bodies.
This simple meditation walks you through the steps to connect into the earth and ground your awareness there, as opposed to in your mind, thoughts or worries. In this way, from a grounded and connected place to the earth, as challenges come up during the day, you can more easily release the tension held in your body down into the earth where the earth can hold your worries for you and transmute tension and stress. This meditation is the starting point for a number of meditations to follow.
I’m sharing this as a standing meditation as the goal is for you to become easily able to release stress down through your body and out into the earth throughout your day without needing to sit or lay down to do this – which can be awkward at the office! Being able to release stress while standing in line at the grocery store is invaluable. That said, this meditation can also be done sitting at your desk or on the couch. Your feet should always be firmly planted on the floor. My intention for you is for you to be able to learn this process so that you can do it without the guidance and on your own as you need to ground and release tension.
If you find yourself becoming wobbly while standing, feel free to sit down as this standing practice can take time and at the beginning we may notice a large rush of energy from our bodies into the earth which can feel discombobulating or uncomfortable. You may need to build-up time used to do this practice standing. You can also lift the heel of a foot up and then the heel of the other foot up to break-up the connection to the earth if it becomes too uncomfortable. A lot of us aren’t used to having such a strong connection to the earth. Please do not do this meditation while driving.
Let’s begin… Click play below for the meditation that starts after a brief introduction about the practice. The meditation starts at 3:45, if you want to skip ahead. Let me know how it goes for you in the comments.