Grounding is a way of bringing your thoughts back to your body and mind in the present moment, balancing the spiritual with the physical, so that you not only feel calm from meditation but are connected to the earth and living in the present moment.
You could always end your meditation by “Grounding into the Earth”, described further in Meditation for Dummies page 311:
– From your sitting position, focus your awareness on your lower abdomen about 2 inches below your navel and 1.5 inches inside your body (this is also known as the hara, life energy or chi)
– Focus on the hara, notice how it feels and direct your breath into this area, expanding on the inhale and releasing as you exhale
– Continue for 5 minutes, noticing how the centre of gravity moves from the upper body to the hara.
– As the breath continues imagine that you are a tree, visualise the roots growing from the hara, down through the base of the spine into the ground.
– As you inhale, feel the roots drawing energy up through the earth into your body and into the hara, as you exhale sending energy back down. (Continue this for around 5 mins)
– Release the breath and notice how you feel
This technique should leave you feeling deeply connected with the earth and grounded so that you don’t feel light headed or disorientated.