It is that feeling after being at the beach for a couple of hours – in the surf, on the sand, under the sun, with the breeze on my skin. It is the complete opposite of being jostled on a train carriage during rush hour on a rainy midweek evening, after a day of job interviews and eating processed food and coffee. Grounding is the feeling of being fully present in your body and feeling connected to the earth.
“The moment your foot touches the Earth, or you connect to the Earth through a wire, your physiology changes. An immediate normalization begins. And an anti-inflammatory switch is turned on. People stay inflamed because they never connect with the Earth, the source of free electrons which can neutralize the free radicals in the body that cause disease and cellular destruction. Earthing is the easiest and most profound lifestyle change anyone can make.”
James L Oschman, Biophysicist, Energy Medicine
If you are anything like me – you most likely have an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which manifests as an excess of emotional stress. The best non-pharmacological response is earthing, or grounding. Just think – prior to the Industrial Age, we were getting around in bearskin or cowhide shoes – or even wooden clogs – so we were earthed all day. Then, enter Rubber – and rubber soled shoes – and suddenly we are insulated from the earth… Beginning to make sense now?
Grounding – Earthing
The research suggests walking barefoot on the earth for at least 20 minutes. Use the whole of your foot – heel, ball and toes.
Earthing Visualisation works equally well. Make a quiet outdoor space for yourself and after closing your eyes, visualize a sphere of energy pulsing from the crown of your head downwards through your spine, into the ground, then onwards towards the center of the earth.
Clinton Ober’s Earthing The Most Important Discovery Ever? is a FREE 273 page ebook ready for your download.
Scientific Proof – Emotional Stress, Heart Rate Variability, Grounding, and Improved Autonomic Tone: Clinical Applications Free 6 page original research paper.