Are there any real benefits of grounding? … And if there is, how can we enjoy them without having to walk around barefoot all the time? But first …

What Is Grounding?

Being grounded generally can mean two things:

  1. Being fully present in your body and/or
  2. Feeling connected to the Earth.

We’ve all experienced being grounded. We feel “at home” but this can often just be a fleeting experience. Unfortunately, with our modern rubber or plastic soled shoes and insulated sleeping arrangements, we no longer have a natural electrical connection to the Earth, unless walking barefoot. Being ungrounded is now a worldwide epidemic that is so entrenched that few of us even recognise that there is a problem. Being ungrounded is the root cause of a great deal of human suffering.

The Benefits Of Grounding

Although the ultimate benefits of grounding will come from the experience itself, our minds often seek evidence in advance. Fortunately over the last few years there has been quite a few studies on the subject & the results are quite promising as they are showing that “grounding” can help:-

  • Elevate your mood;
  • Improve blood flow;
  • Improve immune support;
  • Reduce emotional stress;
  • Reduce inflammation;
  • You sleep better.

How To Get Grounded

The simplest way to become grounded is to go outside and place your bare feet or hands on some grass, sand or Earth, or to immerse yourself in a body of conductive water such as the sea or a mineral-rich lake.

You need at least two points of contact with the ground to form a “circuit”. One foot alone won’t ground you, but two feet will. If you are lying on the ground, you can use any two connection points to form a circuit, for example, an elbow and a foot.

For healing, the researchers behind the Earthing movement recommend staying barefoot on the Earth for at least 20 minutes, twice a day. But even if you can only get connected to the Earth for 10 minutes, say during lunch, it will serve you well, however:-

  • Avoid grass sprayed with pesticides as they will get absorbed through your feet.
  • Be careful in areas that may have broken glass or debris.
  • Avoid walking barefoot on asphalt.

Here are three (3) simple “grounding” techniques to help you reconnect to the Earth:

Mindful Walking

Simply walk and stay present with your environment.

My favorite way of earthing is to walk barefoot on the beach. Depending on how active my mind is, it takes only a few minutes before I am more mentally calm and centered. Walking barefoot has the added benefit of grounding by massaging acupuncture points in your feet just like in reflexology.

Although it can be cold in winter, the benefits simply out way the minor inconvenience.

Time: 10 to 20 minutes.

Roll Around Like a Cat

Have you ever noticed how cats and some dogs roll around on the Earth?

I’ve often wondered if they instinctually know how to discharge negative energy. Try getting dirty and rolling around on the Earth. You’ll understand why cats do it. It feels good.

Time: However long you want.

Stand Like a Tree

This standing form of Meditation is called Zhan Zhuang (& is not to be confused with Tree Pose from Yoga) and it works best in nature (fresh air, forest, bush) and even better when done barefoot on the Earth. Enjoy the peacefulness of your surroundings breathing deeply in & out.

Time: 1 minute to 10 minutes.

Grounding & Earthing Products 

David Wolfe first introduced me to the concept of “grounding” in March 2017 at his Sydney event. And whilst we all would like to be outside more, the reality at the time was that a large chunk of my life was actually spent indoors. So I invested in a couple of  Earthing products he was promoting in order to enjoy the benefits of grounding.

Behind the Earthing movement is a whole industry of products designed to ground you by connecting the product to the ground wire in your home and include earthing adaptors, beds, mats, shoes, wristbands;

These products appear to work, but the positive results reported could also be just a placebo effect. I honestly don’t know for certain, but reports suggests they provide genuine health benefits. And, if you work on a computer all day, they are definitely worth considering!!

How I Get Grounded

For me, the feeling I get being outside, breathing in fresh air & being connected to the Earth, cannot be beaten. And this Winter I even started taking a daily plunge in the ocean. Otherwise I will walk barefoot along the beach a couple of times a week, and sit (or lie) on the Earth once a week. I’ve not yet been brave enough to walk barefoot in the forest … But I will!!

What is your favourite way of getting grounded?

With Love, Light & Kindness 🙏
Leesa XO