Coming down to earth
“Get yourself grounded and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.” – Steve Goodier
Grounding, aka earthing, is a practice of putting your skin in direct contact with the earth, or through earthing products in your house. Some forms that you may be familiar are the Japanese practice of “forest bathing” or the increasingly popular practices of natural water swimming. When we feel “ungrounded” we can experience dizziness, anxiety, depression, feelings of not belonging, etc. So, mentally, it has immediate impacts to no be grounded. However, it has been found that physiologically it has equally profound impacts.
Emerging evidence shows that contact with the Earth—whether being outside barefoot or indoors connected to grounded conductive systems—may be a simple, natural, and yet profoundly effective environmental strategy against chronic stress, ANS dysfunction, inflammation, pain, poor sleep, disturbed HRV, hypercoagulable blood, and many common health disorders, including cardiovascular disease. – Chevalier, Sinatra, et al (link to study)
Earth, in this discussion, can be seen as a huge battery and there is opposite energy in the atmosphere that keeps charging up everything that is not connected to earth. So if you are disconnected from earth by walking around in shoes with rubber soles, your body will continuously take on more and more of this charge with no outlet for it, until it eventually becomes overwhelming for your body and mind. For the same reasons you wouldn’t run you household electronics without having them grounded, it is as important for us to ground as it is for us to have sunshine, air, water, food, etc. As soon as you connect yourself to the earth with your bare skin you are able to discharge any excess energy into the earth and hold the same charge as the earth.
Studies have shown that rather quickly after grounding (4 nights of sleeping on a grounding pad), reductions in inflammations and red blood cells clumping can be seen. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/
It stands to question, if the emergence and introduction of rubber into our lives and our footwear isn’t a major factor in the increase in chronic degenerative diseases during the 20th century. In fact they have overtaken infectious diseases as the #1 cause of death among humans. Of course, vaccines, improved diagnostics, treatments, etc. do play the main role here, but could we have a very simple solution to many of these diseases.
It is known that our “modern” lifestyles with stress, fast food, indoor living, insulation, isolation, etc., impacts our mental, spiritual and physical health. The importance of green zones in the planning and construction of our urban areas is age old. However, could it be that, even though we understand it’s importance, we do not grasp their function and how to use them, and why?
As societies, our understanding of grounding, why it is important and how to incorporate it as a practice in our lives, must improve. We can achieve this by incorporating the understanding in government policies relating to healthcare, education, construction, etc. Allow children run around barefoot in school and convey to them why it is beneficial to do so. Make sure physicians and mental health professionals understand the benefits, so that they may prescribe grounding to their patients, both as a treatment and preventative therapy. Incorporate grounding into our buildings, so that we can easily ground ourselves when we are unable to go outside. There are many ways to bring this solution to the population without any real cost to society; the benefits far outweigh the investment.
For us as individuals we can:
- Spend most of our time barefoot
- Use visualisations
- Forest bathing
- Spend time in nature
- Natural water bathing
- Epsom salt baths
- Grounding pads
No doubt you can come up with other tools for grounding. The main thing is that you take action and start grounding and enjoy the benefits, short and long term.
“Most children have been cursed with parents who have forgotten the joy of walking barefoot” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana
To give you a foundation to start your own grounding practice and journey, I would recommend watching “The Earthing Movie: The Remarkable Science of Grounding” below.
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