Have you ever noticed how it really feels to be barefoot on the earth? I dare you to take off your shoes right now, find some earth, and place your feet (no shoes or socks please) and just notice what happens to your body.
Every time I place mine on grass, damp dirt, or rocks (as I always take my shoes off when I’m enjoying the view after a long hike) I feel an immediate release. My body takes a deep sign and I feel just a little more relaxed!
This practice is referred to as “earthing” or “grounding” and it has significant benefits to our soul-home.
“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. The research done to date supports the concept that grounding or earthing the human body may be an essential element in the health equation along with sunshine, clean air and water, nutritious food, and physical activity.” (Source)
“The human body is electrical first and chemical second.” Clint Ober
Just like exposing our body to direct sunlight in order to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D, we also require a certain level of exposure to the earth. Some holistic practitioners call this “Vitamin G”.
Vitamin G isn’t really a vitamin, but it refers to the benefits of earthing. We are literally absorbing healing electrical charges from the ground.
Just a few benefits of this practice include:
1. Decreases levels of inflammation and pain
2. Reduces stress levels and stress hormones
3. Improves circulation
4. Energizes our body
5. Improves sleep
Earthing is simple and to optimize the benefits all you have to do is get in contact with the earth!
When I’m triggered or stressed I head for the earth and breathe. Immediately I feel a sigh of release and my body and breath feel grounded and calmer. They don’t call it “grounding” for nothing.
Do you spend time being barefoot outside? Do you feel the benefits? Please share!