Probably the most important thing you can do for your health – mental, physical, and spiritual, is ground.
Being present allows you to access your higher consciousness, it allows you to tap into the universal energy, and best of all, it helps you enjoy your life!
But in a world full of experiences, people, places, and things all tugging at you simultaneously and screaming “over here! Over here!” it can be tough to ground and be present. You need practices, rituals, and even crystals to serve as constant reminders.
The best way to start getting grounded is to get into a rhythm with ayurvedic medicine.
Ayurveda is an ancient form of healthcare that focuses on energy. It guides you to get into flow with the energy of the universe so that you can be at your best.
When you are at your best, your neurons are firing, your body feels alive and alight, and your spirit is in open communication with you and the universe, serving all of your chakras at once. You’re like a lit-up beacon telling the universe that you are listening on full alert, and ready to step into your power.
The chakras play a critical role in ayurvedic medicine because they serve as the seven energy centers of your body, representing seven different areas of your life, and seven different focal points for your health.
From the bottom up, the chakras are as follows:
Your root chakra is at the base of your spine or the bottoms of your feet, depending on whether you are sitting or standing. It serves as the foundation of your energetic centers and roots you into the earth from which you, and all of us, have come.
The sacral chakra is located where a woman’s womb is found, but we all have sacral chakras. It is the seat of our creativity and our connection to the community.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra is found in your gut, just above your stomach, and just below your rib cage. It is where all of your “gut” feelings are located.
Your heart chakra is located over your heart and is the energetic location for love, beginning with self-love.
Your throat chakra is found just above the center of your throat, and it is where you speak your truth.
Third Eye Chakra
Your third eye chakra is located just above your eyebrows, in the middle of your forehead. It is from this energetic location that you are able to see things for what they really are, without ego and farce.
The crown chakra is located at the base of your skull and it is your direct connection to the divine. It is where you receive intuitive downloads from the universe.
You’re here for grounding. Why am I telling you about the chakras?
Because any one of your chakras can be blocked for a short or long period of time, you can still navigate life more or less reasonably.
Except for your root chakra.
You can block love, you can block the truth, you can block creativity, and even your connection to the divine. And you will wander through life ignorant of all the wonders from which you have cut yourself off, but you can still live a basically good life, like most humans.
Most humans go through their entire lives blocked on multiple levels for years if not decades, shortchanging their own abilities and denying their power.
And no one is the wiser because they are all in good company.
You get sick, you go to the doctor, you get a pill or a shot, maybe surgery, and you’re on your way.
Could an argument be made that it doesn’t have to be that way?
Yes. Caroline Myss spells it out quite clearly in her book The Anatomy of the Spirit.
We are all sick energetically long before we are physically sick.
But still, you can survive with blocked chakras. Until you die, that is.
But you cannot survive with a blocked root chakra.
You cannot go through life for long ungrounded and lacking presence. You will shut down entirely and die.
Because our root chakra, our presence, is what gets us up in the morning. We wake up and we are present, even if just for a moment. We fall in love when we are present. We build family when we are present. When we experience great joy, we are present.
Presence is an absolute necessity for human life. It facilitates our connections to each other and to our lives. Without a presence, we die.
So, how do you get and stay present?
The primary factor in ayurvedic medicine, in yoga, in chakra healing, and in any other spiritual practice is meditation.
When you meditate, you get present, you come into the now, fully, and you get out of your own way.
Your body knows exactly what to do to heal itself.
Your mind knows exactly what to do to get into balance or homeostasis.
Your spirit knows exactly how to communicate with the universe.
But you, and more specifically your ego, are getting in the way.
Aaaaaaaaalllll the time.
And who can blame you?
It’s what we all do.
We fill our heads with stories. We let fear run the show. And we operate on autopilot for much of our lives, repeating the stories of our past over and over until we die.
Wanna break that cycle?
According to Ayurveda, you should meditate in the early morning, before you do anything else of any import.
Get up, brush your teeth, make your bed, maybe do a little yoga to wake up your body, and sit for meditation.
The goal of meditation is to sit quietly for 20 minutes. Abraham Hicks says about 20 minutes is what it takes to get to that ecstatic state where you feel fully tuned it, tapped in, and turned on.
Sit cross-legged on the ground, shoulder back, hands on your knees.
If you are open to receiving messages from the universe, sit with your hands open. If you just want peace and quiet, no room for messages, sit with your hands palm down on your knees.
Relax your shoulders. Relax your jaw. Close your eyes. And focus on your breath.
Every time a thought comes into your head, allow it to simply pass through like a visitor. Let it come, and let it go.
I like to say “thinking.” I am simply reminding myself that I am thinking, rather than sitting in silence, and I go deeper.
Practice meditation every single morning and notice how much more relaxed you feel throughout your day. How much more grounded.
Once you start meditating regularly, you can start building in other ayurvedic practices like making sure you eat at certain times of the day, that you stop eating at night, that you get in bed by 10PM, with all lights and electronics off.
You can make sure you practice self-massage and other forms of self-care that release toxins from your body.
Finally, you can begin to practice ahimsa, which is a peaceful, nonviolent existence that allows you to see all other beings as interconnected with you. This is the most grounding practice of all.
22 Crystals for Grounding
While preparing for meditation or as you go throughout your day, it will be helpful to carry your grounding crystals with you as reminders of your intention to stay fully present in each moment, to fully come alive, and be with whatever is taking place in the now.
Black stones are the most intensely grounding of all crystals, so the list here is extensive. They represent the darkness of the earth, the depth of the roots, and the shadows we all must face when we stay in the present.
- Black Amethyst
- Black Obsidian
- Black Onyx
- Black Jade
- Black Tourmaline
- Elite Shungite
- Black Jasper
Brown stones offer earthy, woodsy, nature energy, and are just one step away from black stones.
- Smokey Quartz
- Tigers Eye
- Petrified Wood
Orange stones connect your root to creativity and your gut instincts. Use these ones when you are grounding in order to create or go inward.
- Orange Jasper
Red stones offer fiery energy. The ones on the list here will help you remember your passion in each present moment.
- Red Jasper
- Almandine Garnet
- Agate Palm Stones
The grounding love stone, use this stone in meditation when you are reaching for deeper self-love.
- Unakite Jasper
And of course, the clear stones are amplifiers of energy. These stones will help you go big with your grounding practice.
- Clear Quartz
- Tourmalinated Quartz
In the end, don’t forget that you should always use crystals that call to you. Hold the crystal in your hand and see how it makes you feel. There’s a witch in all of us, and grounding and choosing your crystals wisely are the first steps to embracing your power.