During the day, you may find you pick up energy from the people around you. While this energy is not necessarily negative, too much of other people’s energy can have a draining effect. While meditation has long-term benefits at a profound level, grounding is a technique that allows you to quickly release stress during the day. It is called “grounding” because it connects you to the earth, to the ground.

A technique I like to use is “The Tree”

Sit comfortably in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and your hands loosely resting on your lap or the arms of your chair. Close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths.

Imagine that you are a tree with your limbs reaching into the sky. Energy from the sun enters your leaves and branches and travels down through your trunk, your legs and out the bottom of your feet. The energy goes down through your roots deep into the earth. Feel the roots go deeper and deeper into the ground, very deeply.

The energy comes in through your leaves and branches, goes down through your trunk, into your roots, deeply down into the earth. Do this for two to five minutes.

“The Light” technique

This is basically the same as the Tree, but imagine light (pick your colour or a rainbow) coming in through the top of your head and going out through the bottom of your feet deep into the earth.