I am a girl who loves the earth. I love to walk barefoot on the earth. The feeling of sand, dirt, or grass between my toes literally soothes my soul. No matter what is going on in my life, the earth is always a simple pleasure that brings me back to calm and myself.
Earthing, or grounding, is putting the body in direct and uninterrupted contact with the earth. This means that skin needs to touch soil, sand, water, or a conductive surface that is in contact with the earth.
The Earth is like a gigantic battery that contains a natural, subtle electric charge—a special kind of energy present in the ground. For safety and stability, most 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 centered, solid, strong, balanced, less tense, and less stressed.
The idea that we are meant to connect with the earth regularly makes sense. At the same time, I was skeptical that something so simple would be effective, but I decided it was worth a try. Have you ever noticed that you sleep better on a beach vacation after walking in the sand or being in the ocean? One theory for that: the sand and ocean water are both naturally conductive materials and both help ground the body and remove excess positive electrons.
While the research on grounding is relatively new, the practice is timeless. Past societies went barefoot or wore leather footwear made from hides that allowed the energy from the earth to rise into their bodies. They were grounded. They were more connected to themselves, those around them, and the universe.
Most humans are seriously disconnected. This disconnection may be an overlooked cause of human pain and discomfort and the steeply rising incidence of chronic illness worldwide. Also, if everyone around is disconnected, how are we to notice we, ourselves are disconnected? The good news is, you can reconnect.
Go for a walk in nature. Connect directly with the earth using all your senses, and then evaluate how you feel. Do you feel rested? Calm? Embraced? Take the advice of this Suburban Goddess Mom, you will not be sorry.