Because your goal is both a connection to the earth and a tether to keep you in your place upon it, the mental image of trees and roots are a natural for grounding (although as with all inner practices, go with the image that works best for you). For the purposes of this blog I’ll use the grounding technique that I first learned (and still use) and have taught to other’s with very positive results.
Sitting or lying down, whichever you prefer, imagine that your body from the waist down is the trunk of a tree. The kind of tree, the look of its trunk, that’s a personal decision. I enjoy imaging myself from the waist up as a female forest spirit and my arms as branches that gently wave with the breeze. Personal touches that appeal can help you get where you need to go.
Once you have the image of your tree trunk in mind let you restless mind concentrate its energies on the trunk, how it flows from skin to nature, the whirls in the bark and follow that image down to the ground. Take as short or long a time as is necessary for you to get lost in your mental forest.
When you reach the point where your tree body touches the ground, take your mind beneath the surface to your strong, vital roots swirling downwards into the ground. Concentrate on those roots and how they both connect and anchor you to the earth making you an organic part of the world. Keep following your roots down until you start to see a glowing ball of light in ahead. Direct your roots to the ball of light and twine them around until you are fully joined with the energy of the earth.
As you see your root ball of glowing light in your mind, you are grounded, relaxed and ready to move on to tomorrow’s lesson, cleansing negativity from your mind.
Due to the mental imagery that has always worked well for me, I was surprised and moved to find a wonderful piece of art during a trip to Whitby Island, WA that looked exactly like my mental forest. Many of the artist’s other pieces spoke to other parts of the process of simply to a place of calmness and serenity. I am attaching a photo of my special print and a link to the gallery’s site. Prints and cards can be ordered online should any of the pieces speak to you.