Perform an Earth Meditation Ritual

Tree Trunk In Forest
Get attuned to the energies of the earth. Matthias Rohrberg / EyeEm / Getty Images

Try this simple meditation to help you attune to the element of Earth. Meditation works on the simple principle that the human mind is made up of many facets, many of which we have not even begun to tap into. The conscious mind consists of all the things you’re aware of on a daily basis: can I pay my bills? Does my lover still love me? Will my parents get sick? Did I forget to clean the cat box? There is also the subconscious mind, which is where you store all the things you know, but don’t know that you know.

This is where things like memory and involuntary body functions come from.

Finally, there is the part called the super consciousness, which is the higher self, the center of spiritual growth and well-being. Meditation allows you to focus on the subconscious and the super conscious minds. During a meditative session, you may find yourself meeting various archetypes, or encountering things that seem symbolic. This is your mind’s way of telling you what’s going on, and all you have to do is figure out how to interpret the message.

Getting Started

To do this meditation, find a place where you can sit quietly, undisturbed, on a day when the sun is shining. Ideally, it should be in a place where you can really connect with everything that Earth represents. Perhaps it's a hillside outside of town, or a shady grove in your local park. Maybe it's somewhere deep in the woods, under a tree, or even your own back yard.

Find your spot, and make yourself comfortable.

Sit or lie on the ground, so that as much of your body as possible is in direct contact with the ground. Use all of your senses to attune to Earth. Relax your body and breathe slowly, through your nose, and taking in the scents around you. You may smell freshly cut grass, or damp earth, or flowers and leaves.

Close your eyes, and become aware of the earth beneath your body. Feel the cool breeze blowing by, and allow yourself to become in tune to the rhythms of nature.

Once you are completely relaxed, focus on the warmth of the sun on your face. Imagine that warm golden light being absorbed into your body, through your third eye. Feel the light of the sun warming your head and face, a little at a time, just as the earth is being warmed back up. Imagine this light working its way along your body, traveling through your neck, down into your chest, where your heart chakra is located. Allow it to warm your heart, then traveling slowly down through your abdomen and down to your root chakra.

As this light warms your body, feel it connecting you to the ground beneath your body as well. Imagine this warmth spreading, a golden glow journeying along your legs, your knees, and finally to your feet. By the time the sensation reaches your feet, you should feel as though your entire body has been infused with the warmth and light of the returning sun.

Feel your connection to the earth. Imagine that warmth growing and spreading from your body into the ground. Visualize the awakening roots, seeds, and other life that is just below the surface.

Share your warmth and light with them, and feel your own roots growing into the soil. Feel the stability and security of the earth beneath you. Keep your breathing even and regular, and enjoy the sensation of being one with the soil, the grass, and even the rocks below.

Ending Your Meditation

Trust your intuition, and once you feel that you have connected with the earth as much as you want to–or if you start growing restless or bored–it's time to end your meditation. There are a number of different ways you can do this. Try a combination of them to see which methods work best for you:

  • Express your gratitude to the earth beneath you and the sky above, and slowly open your eyes. Gradually become aware of all of your different body parts, consciously reawakening them, from your fingers to your toes.
  • Begin focusing on the external, rather than the internal. Allow yourself to become consciously aware of the sounds around you.
  • Pay attention to your breathing; in particular, take a few long, slow inhalations and exhalations.