Grounding: What Is It And Why Do We Need It?

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Grounding, also called Earthing, is a wonderful practice for everyone’s health and wellbeing. Studies have proven grounding has numerous health benefits. Including, but not limited to: decreased anxiety, depression, pain, insomnia, and chronic health problems. It improves: the immune system, emotions, breathing, sleep, stress reduction, improves blood flow, and promotes calmness. “The ground’s abundant free electrons were able to enter the body (through grounding), which is electrically conductive. Through this mechanism, every part of the body could equilibrate with the electrical potential of the Earth, thereby stabilizing the electrical environment of all organs, tissues, and cells.” (Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012).

Physical contact with the Earth’s surface provides a beautiful connection with nature and the vast supply of electrons the surface of the Earth supplies.

Modern lifestyles are vastly different from how humans lived and connected with the Earth, particularly before the industrial revolution. For thousands of years people connected with nature much more than we do now. We no longer walk on the Earth without asphalt or something similar covering the ground, not to mention our shoes have also changed. There are so many blockages between our bodies and the Earth. People used to travel on untainted ground, in an entirely different way. Many people slept outdoors. Even our modern insulated homes block out nature. We were not indoors as much as we are now, and we certainly didn’t have the same environmental factors. Being so disconnected with nature impacts our health and wellbeing in numerous ways. Of course, there are also many benefits to modern health and hygienic practices; those mixed with nature is ideal. We as a modern society need to find the proper balance.

Camping is an excellent way to reconnect with nature. A weekend trip outdoors without electronics, or at least ignoring them, can have a dramatic positive impact. There is a sense of renewal during camping trips.  Most people who camp end the trip feeling refreshed, revived, and recharged. Allowing your body to connect with nature and sleep and wake to its own rhythm is a wonderful health benefit. If one can camp long enough to allow the body to find its natural circadian rhythm and fully connect to nature has astounding health benefits.

Modern homes and footwear block out the natural benefits the Earth provides us. When our bodies are connected to the Earth’s surface we are essentially recharging our batteries.

Grounding doesn’t have to mean a camping trip. In fact, grounding should be done as often as you can, and most people simply cannot go camping enough. Walking standing, or sitting with your bare feet in the grass, sand, or dirt is all it takes. It’s particularly beneficial when you add meditation, affirmation, or chanting as that allows the full mind-body connection to the experience. You can also hold grounding gemstones in your hands (or on jewelry). Make sure you’re buying real gemstones so they are beneficial to the process. You will also need to cleanse and charge them rather regularly. One way to cleanse the gemstones is by using sage smoke. You can also cleanse yourself before you ground. Simply light a sage stick, or loose leaves, in a fireproof bowl and fan the smoke all around you and your stones. Adding intentions of clearing negative energy, and speaking affirmations is also helpful to the process. To charge your stones just place them in a windowsill to absorb the moonlight (full-moon is best). Some grounding gemstones are: Smoky Quartz, Hematite, Tiger’s Eye, and Black Tourmaline. Chose the stone that you’re most drawn to.

Nutrition is key for every health and wellness practice. Choosing fresh produce that is organic and local is the best. Organic produce absorbs the sun, moon, and all of nature’s beautiful benefits as they grow. Fruits and vegetables are grown from the Earth, of course, so when you eat these foods you are absorbing Earths benefits from the inside.

Tips on Grounding:

Walk barefoot in the grass or on the beach. Site up against a tree with your bare feet on the ground. Lay on the ground (you can lay on a blanket if you rather). Site on a chair with your bare feet on the ground.

Whilst doing any of those techniques; relax and enjoy the experience. Do deep breathing, meditate, read, write, create art, do yoga. Simply be present in the moment and allow yourself to recharge.

Living in cities make it even more difficult to fully connect with nature. If you live in an area where you can’t really take your shoes off and ground, then get a potted plant, or a sheet of moss, or even a pot of dirt or sand. If it’s too small for your feet, then place your hands in! It isn’t the same as standing out in nature, but it’s certainly better than nothing.

Once you’re comfortable; take a deep diaphragmatic breath in, hold for a few seconds, then allow it to flow steady from your mouth. Repeat a few more times, or as much as you are comfortable with. Clear your mind of wandering thoughts that do not presently serve you. Set the intention of grounding yourself. Visualize being surrounded by a healing white light of protection. Imagine your energy connected to the Earth. Imagine roots growing from your feet down into the Earth. Feel and listen to nature surrounding you. Feel the breeze, listen to the nearby animals, try to block out man-made noise but accept that they are there. You are connected to the Earth, and you are healing.

There are guided meditations on YouTube if you need assistance with a grounding meditation. There are also many grounding affirmations that are excellent to use during this time. Once you’re relaxed and centered you can begin your chosen calming activity (meditation, writing, reading, etc.) or end the practice there. Grounding is a practice that should be personal; alter it to your lifestyle and tastes however fits you best.

Happy Healing!

 

Cristina Swink is a mother, wife, bibliophile, reader, actress, model, writer, artist, college graduate, and certified in different areas of fitness and spirituality. Cristina is a lover of nature, animals, books, ancient history, art, and gothic style. She has an INTJ Personality type; always learning, reading, and creating. 
Instagram: @CristinaSwink

 

 

Reference

Chevalier G, Sinatra ST, Oschman JL, Sokal K, Sokal P. Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons. Journal of Environmental and Public Health. 2012;2012:291541. doi:10.1155/2012/291541.