Grounding: The Healing Benefits of Earthing
It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the ‘I Am,’ our real presence, can awaken. - G. I. Gurdjieff
Did you know that the simple act of touching your bare skin to the earths natural surfaces can do so much for your internal well-being?
Read on to find out a little more about grounding and how you can bring this amazing practice into your everyday life...
LEARN HOW GROUNDING CAN HELP HEAL YOUR BODY
What Is Grounding?
Grounding also know as ‘earthing,’ is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth. It is a practice based on the belief that when we connect our skin to the earth's natural surfaces, such as rock, sea or river water we are literally ‘grounding’ ourselves by electrically reconnecting and soaking up its negative charge, to help us rebalance.
The Earth is like a gigantic battery that contains a natural, subtle electrical charge—a special kind of energy present in the ground. For safety and stability, almost everything in the electrical world is connected to it, whether it is an electric power plant or your refrigerator. That’s what the term “grounded” means.
Being grounded also applies to people. When you are electrically grounded, you feel:
- Less tense
- Less stressed
Overall, you feel good. If you have pain, you have less of it, or maybe none at all, when grounded.
In our modern world, we have become less grounded. Wearing plastic or rubber soled shoes, living in elevated living spaces or simply not getting out so much has caused us to become less connected to the earth's natural energy field. By engaging with grounding practices we can return our bodies to the source of energy and heal.
How Can Grounding Help Me?
By practising simple grounding techniques, you may find it helps to:
decrease levels of inflammation or pain
reduce stress levels and the production of cortisol
increase energy and improve circulation
increase healing speed
restore balance to the body
helps you to feel calmer and more in control
How Can I Practice Grounding Techniques?
When practicing grounding techniques, make sure to sit, stand or walk on soil, grass, sand, or concrete. These are all conductive surfaces from which your body can draw the Earth’s energy. Wood, asphalt, and vinyl are not conductive.
Try to incorporate some of these practices into your daily life...
1) Take a walk barefoot. Whether this is on grass, sand, or even mud, allowing your skin to touch the natural ground can provide you with grounding energy.
2) Lie on the ground and feel your skin to the earth. You can do this in the grass in the park or on the sand at the beach. If you’re going to ground yourself in this way, be sure to take the proper precautions and never lie somewhere you could be injured.
3) Submerse yourself in water, simply wading in a clear lake or swimming in the ocean as a way to ground yourself. Be sure to stay safe when swimming, especially in murky or deep waters.
4) Use grounding equipment such as mats, sheets/blankets, socks, bands or patches. These techniques and equipments can be handy if you are unable to go outside and an effective way to incorporate earthing therapy into your daily life.
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Author: Charmaine Beneyto
About: Charmaine is the founder of biddie. Originally trained as a performance artist and director she became inquisitive about mind-spirit-body health through her preparation and training for the stage. She created biddie to assist womxn on their journey to improved health and internal wellbeing. You can find Charmaine @charmainebeneyto