Don’t like to meditate? Try joyful grounding

Meditation isn’t for everyone. While this relaxation method is popular, sometimes other people need a method that suits their personality, such as joyful grounding.

Meditation vs. joyful grounding

Meditation can help you achieve inner peace and a sense of calm, but it can make others feel fidgety or anxious, especially if they’re not used to being too quiet or sitting still. Meditation may also be a struggle for people who have trouble focusing on their own thoughts.

Instead of meditation, Dr. Marcia Reynolds, an author and a Doctor of Psychology, practices joyful grounding, an alternative that brings her peace of mind and has a side effect of joy.

Grounding refers to the physical connection between the electrical frequencies of the human body and the Earth’s. This form of meditation can let you focus your mind on the present. It can also teach you how to balance yourself.

Dr. Reynolds sits outside under a big, shady tree for 10 minutes. According to her, 10 minutes of joyful grounding can help you face a day “with graceful strength and peace of mind.”

Joy and the natural world

According to Michael McCarthy’s book, “The natural world can offer us more than the means to survive… There can be occasions when we suddenly and involuntarily find ourselves loving the natural world with a startling intensity, in a burst of emotion which we may not fully understand, and the only word that seems to me to be appropriate for this feeling is joy.”

McCarthy, who is also an environmentalist, also talked about how the natural world isn’t a separate entity but something that’s also part of yourself. By achieving unity between nature and yourself, you can discover the joy which nature can spark and ignite in your life.

Dr. Reynolds shared that joyful grounding can help you feel more connected and peaceful. It can also help you feel more energized as you go about your day.

Three steps to joyful grounding

  1. Ground yourself. Sit under a shady tree, then place your feet directly on grass or soft dirt to connect with the ground. This simple act can help you feel connected to the life around you, from the birds in the air to the very grass beneath your feet. (Related: Boost wellness by receiving the healing energy of the earth.)
  2. Try to see the beauty in everything around you, and let yourself be awed by nature. By staying open-minded and curious, you can notice every small miracle in the natural world.
  3. Select a keyword that can help you remember this feeling of joy throughout the day. Before you get up from your grounding spot, think of a word that you can easily recall even if your whole day is full of stressful events. Whenever you feel overwhelmed, repeat this word to yourself so you can center yourself emotionally. This keyword can also help you face your challenges with “graceful strength and peace of mind.”

If you’re looking for an alternative to meditation, try joyful grounding to achieve peace and a sense of inner calm.

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