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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ground Control to Major Tom

Meditation is a daily practice I could not skip if I wanted to. The practice brings me peace of mind and spirit, it brings me closer to Deity, allows me to connect with Universal truths, keeps my blood pressure at healthy levels and assures me that I will get through whatever life throws at me in a calmer manner.

About 12 years ago my husband and I became certified Reiki I practitioners. A remarkable experience and a wonderfully spiritual activity. During that time, our Reiki Master taught the basics of meditation, leading us on Guided Meditations. The most important lessons involved grounding. I still use her techniques for grounding oneself before meditation, before circle casting, before doctor appointments, or whenever I feel the need. (Grounding excess energy after spell work or ritual is also an important practice...but I am referring to the act of grounding oneself before meditation)

The need to "anchor" oneself to the mundane world before embarking on a meditation is not about fear of losing one's self on the astral plane or becoming disconnected from reality. I have read books that warn of this happening and, frankly, that scared the bejeebers out of me. Fortunately I have also read authors that say it is impossible for this to happen. I am pretty certain that there are a lot of people who truly believe you can be "lost" during a meditative state and would argue this with me. That is okay. I believe that I cannot lose myself, therefore I won't. Perhaps naive, perhaps incorrectly informed. The fact is, I have been doing this for a long time, and I am here to tell the tale.

I ground myself to bring my awareness into the moment. That is to say, I go through the steps, beginning with the acts of  "Focus", "Center", "Breathe" and then to the simple techniques I learned that keep me aware of the Here and the Now, so I feel comfortable and safe to allow myself to reach a meditative state. It is all very personal, and each must find their own way. What works for me may not work for another.

The important thing is to just do it.  It takes practice and patience, as the mind wants to jump around into all the stuff that is going on; grocery lists, to-do lists, last night's tv show, write that letter, pay those bills. Grounding myself is the signal that tells my mind...time to relax, slow down,

Meditation and Grounding...a good subject for discussion. A wonderful practice. I highly recommend it.


Anonymous said...

I started to meditate when a teacher in high school said I needed it :-) I got so stressed before a test that I usually failed. But I remember how he called it relaxation practicing :-) Back then if anybody said they were meditating people stopped taking them seriously.

I don´t do it every day any longer though. The surroundings is so calm and relaxing here anyway, but every now and again it happens :-)

Have a great day now!

Jeanne said...

I, too, have no fear of losing myself in the Astral Plane. I really don't feel that this can happen. Grounding for me is a way to quiet the thoughts and images that are rushing about in my mind. And that seems to be a lot lately. Grounding is also a way for me to release negative energy/thoughts into Mother Earth.

I began meditating when I was in high school. My Mom began a daily yoga routine which involved meditation and I learned along with her. Meditation has been a common practice for me for many, many years.

Kallan said...

This is such an area of weakness for me. I have a really hard time understanding how to quiet the voice in my head and just be.. any tips on how to do that?

Rue said...

Like Jeanne & Christer, I learned to meditate in high school. For me it was just to get through the drama & depression associated with hormones & being a teen.

I say that I meditate daily, but I like to be clear that I don't sit in lotus-position for an hour each day. Sometimes, yes. But sometimes I meditate while walking by the river, or out in my garden, or petting the cat.

I think that letting go of the stereotype of a monk in robes, sitting for hours in perfect stillness is important. Making meditation approachable for everyone is something I'm passionate about.

PS - your talk of grounding is so important too. It's a tool I use so often!