Introduction: Why is grounding important? (5 minutes)

Grounding is a technique or practice of doing activities that connect or ground you to earth and/or the present moment. Learning how to ground ourselves can be a brave thing to do. Grounding teaches us to connect with our bodies. Grounding could help us feel less numb and less disconnected.

Grounding activities create space for us to connect to our emotions, our bodies and help us to regulate ourselves when we are “out of it.”

Grounding exercises will help you to build your survivor healing toolkit

A grounded body is a strong body. A grounded body is a calm body. A grounded boy is a body that is connected to earth. A grounded body is a body that is able to take in the messages and wisdom that comes when they journey into their healing.

Building a consistent practice with grounding is healing. Grounding helps us to notice ourselves in the stillness and to observe without judgment the feelings that we hold in our bodies.

Grounding tools are items that represent calm, peace, or safety. In this program, you are encouraged to identify grounding tools that you can have with you as you journey through the lessons.

Examples of grounding tools: plants, crystals, smooth pebbles or rocks, candles, water, an image of nature that brings you peace, tarot or oracle cards, journal or any other items that feel grounding to you.

The grounding exercise to follow is one of many ways to get grounded. Other examples are: putting your hands in water, moving your body, going for a walk, lying down on the ground/grass, holding your favorite crystal (e.g. rose quartz, clear quartz, labradorite) or a smooth rock or pebble, writing a favorite quote on a post-it and displaying on your laptop, computer and/or desk, visualizing your favorite place that makes you feel safe and calm.