Over the past few weeks/months life seems to have gotten really hectic. Lots of freelance working coming in, lots of sessions, long days and long weeks. Whilst I know that it’s good to be busy – one thing I always make sure I have each day is time to ground.
Also known as earthing, grounding is when we make an electrical connection to the earths energies. In the most straightforward form – this can be by walking barefoot on the earth – whether on grass, mud or sand perhaps.
When you were a child and started to learn to walk, the chances are you did so barefoot. And that was no coincidence. Being barefoot helps improve your balance, proprioception (the awareness of your body in the space you are in) and body awareness. It helps strengthen muscles in your feet and legs which in turn support your lower back, improves movement in the joints of your hips, knees and ankles and provides you with greater control over your movement.
Being barefoot on the earth is a form of grounding, where you reconnect with the energies of the earth. As well as the benefits already mentioned, EEG studies of brain activity have shown that it can instantly shift brain wave patterns and reduce stress levels, it can support our metabolic function, it gives our immune system a boost and can balance hormones. It allows free electrons from the earth to transfer into your body – they’re one of the most potent antioxidants.
Being barefoot on the earth has been shown to help you feel more
Whilst it’s not always possible, practical or safe to go barefoot everywhere – having the opportunity to kick shoes off for just 10 minutes a day will make a difference.
Barefoot walking isn’t the only way to ground. Connecting with the earth through your hands touching the ground, plants or natural objects. Petting dogs (or other companion animals) who are touching the ground. Growing fruit and vegetables from seed – and then eating the produce. All of these are ways to ground.
Invitation: I invite you to take 10 minutes out of your day to ground. I wonder how you’ll feel?
If you feel inclined to take this invitation – you’re welcome to comment below with what you are noticing.