Mindfulness, Meditation, and Other Grounding Resources

Are you looking for more grounding or mindfulness in your life, but not sure how to make it easier to do it? I’ve collected a few reliable and simple resources for you.

Take a moment now to stop and breathe.

Take a moment to stop and breathe. For me, lighting a candle can naturally bring a little more breathing room.

Whether it’s meditation or another grounding method like EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques/ Tapping), I encourage you to get at least some basic instructions. It’s too easy to have it be unproductive or frustrating — while it can be so simple and rewarding with a little instruction.

Here’s a perfect entry point:

Can you be present for what is happening right now?
If you cannot be present, can you send some loving energy toward yourself?
If you cannot generate some loving kindness for yourself, can you name one thing you are grateful for?
Take time today to meet your spirit where it’s at.”

~Spring Washam, Teacher, Healer, Author. (“Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based healing practices to diverse communities.”)

Guided Meditations, Instructions, and Resources

I’ve experienced meaningful benefits from meditation that build up over time, although meditating doesn’t reliably help me in a stressful moment and isn’t designed for that either. For some people, anxiety can worsen at first with meditation, especially without good instruction.

Good instruction helped me get more benefits, and I use other grounding methods for in-the-moment calming. More grounding options are in the section below.

  1. Free Guided Meditations from UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center
    They’ve got some short basic beginner-level meditations. Great starting place.
  2. Insight Timer App
    Download this free app and you’ll get access to a huge selection of guided meditations, silent options with various chime timers, and a community of meditators worldwide so you can see how many others are meditating at the same time to add to your inspiration. You can search the guided meditations by length or topic.
  3. The Liberated Life Guide: How to Meditate
    Very thorough and helpful guidance in one article.

Other Grounding Methods

  1. Grounding overview, various methods, how to choose your best methods.
    I wrote up this overview especially for people with big hearts, so you can keep calm and effective without having to close off that beautiful big heart that we need in the world.
  2. EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques, or “Tapping”)
    EFT is top go-to for me, because it’s: easy, effective, available anytime, fast, and also available in a hidden way like during a conversation. I also find it can be fairly easy to turn to even when I’m resisting self-care. Benefits also build over time. Easy to learn. It’s a body-mind, East-meets-West method that incorporates self-compassion and acupressure-like tapping. It’s a good all-in-one grounding method. (Learn EFT here.)