The Beautiful Benefits of Grounding
MAKE EARTH DAY, EVERY DAY
Our immune system works its hardest when it's supercharged with electrons, which can be obtained in abundance in a surprisingly simple way: by walking barefoot on the earth. Because our feet are locations for the connected muscular webbing known as fascia, absorbing energy through the feet—a practice called grounding or earthing—promotes healing throughout the entire body.
Many of us do not experience these incredible effects as profoundly as we could because we are constantly separated from the Earth by shoes and sidewalks as much as our busy minds and schedules. In contrast, many indigenous cultures actively honor and celebrate our beautiful planet on a regular basis. They value their relationship to Mother Earth and the nourishing, healing effects she has on our bodies.
Earthing or grounding is a simple way to absorb the electromagnetic charge of the Earth through physical touch. It allows us to pay tribute to our planet while reaping some very real, tangible health benefits.
The Body-Earth Connection
The body is composed primarily of water and minerals, making it a great conductor of electricity. When we come into direct contact with the earth—our soles pressed into the soil, bodies pressed against the grass, fingers weaving through particles of sand—the free electrons on the earth's surface are absorbed into the body. This energy travels through your energy field and chakras, balancing the body.
The bottoms of the feet have long been considered maps of the rest of the body, so by grounding through the feet, we are simultaneously allowing currents of rejuvenating charges to power our vital organs and synchronize the systems of the body. Electrons are also likened to antioxidants in their ability to reduce inflammation and stimulate red blood cell circulation.
Your body produces and uses electrical energy all the time, but when it receives extra electrons from an outside source (like the earth!), it is able to cleanse, repair, and return to its optimal state more efficiently.
Here are just a few benefits of connecting more directly to the earth:
- More efficient cell repair and function
- Detoxification of waste and toxins
- Improved blood flow and tissue oxygenation
- Boosted immunity
- Restoration of the body's natural state (Great for jet lag and anti-aging)
- Balanced mind to calm anxiety and promote serenity and sense of security
There are many ways to connect more deeply to the earth we live on. Start with something small and incorporate a practice or two, five to 20 minutes a day.
Roam free often. In an idyllic world, we could all walk free with neither shoes nor care. But having our feet touch the grass for extended amounts of time can feel next to impossible. There is always a wood floor, a slab of concrete, or a high heel acting as a barrier to conduction. So take your opportunities when you can, walking barefoot or even laying still on the ground to connect your entire body to Mother Earth.
Eat directly from the earth. Another way to get more grounded is to connect to our planet through the food we eat. Eating locally and organically allows us to absorb the energetic properties from the sun and the soil. We connect back to source through deliberate food choices and the act of mindful eating.
Re-establish your roots. Take the time to connect with the earth in other ways. Take a walk in your favorite park or trail. Meditate by a favorite tree or take up a gardening project, getting your hands in the earth and growing something living like vegetables, plants or flowers.
Show gratitude. We often walk through the world taking for granted the transformative energy and beauty it gives us each day. We love this simple daily prayer from Mama Medicine. Say it aloud or to yourself next time you're marveling at nature.
Grounding allows us to take flight in all aspects of our lives. Our journey is a balancing act, and this practice provides a physical and metaphorical means of establishing a natural sturdy foundation from which to blossom, grow, create, live.
Dig in, Sakaralites.