Lately I have been starting to just send the grounding to the cord directly to the earth, bypassing the first chakra. The cord was no longer red. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to have the earth send me back different colors, textures, and even sounds through this connecting and grounding cord.
I have also, at times, instead of grounding first with the earth, I have sent a connecting cord towards the heavens to first connect with that source of energy. This has also produced some surprises in what is returned through that connecting cord. The meditation experience often turns out to be different than first grounding with the earth.
If I am on a boat, or flying in a plane, I have at times taken the opportunity to experience a meditation in that medium. I will do a meditation and "ground" to the water when I am on a boat, or I will ground with the "air" when I am flying in a plane. These different grounding experiences can provide a rather unique meditation outcome.
Sometimes it is nice to stay with the meditation patterns you are used to, but sometimes there are benefits to trying something new and seeing where that new path will take you.