Walking Barefoot; Earthing or Grounding
Compiled by Ama H. Vanniarachchy
Do you spend most of your time indoors? And at the end of the day do you feel exhausted, mentally and physically? Spending long hours indoors deprives you of fresh air and natural light. Is that all? No, there is more that you miss. Your eyes miss the greenery, and your ears miss natural sounds. This is why you feel tired when you spend long hours indoors.
Maybe your mind might not be aware of this, but your body knows. Your body falls sick or dysfunctional in such situations. This is why you ought to take a short break while working and walk into a place where you can get some fresh air, natural light and to a place where you can see some greenery. While doing this regularly, there is one thing more that you must follow. That is earthing or grounding yourself by walking barefoot.
This is a natural way of healing your mind and body.
Grounding or earthing in a therapeutic practice involves doing activities that ‘ground’ or electrically reconnect you to the earth. The Earth is like a gigantic battery that contains a natural, subtle electrical charge – a special kind of energy present in the ground.
Except for humans living in industrialised societies, all living things on our planet are connected to the ground’s electric energy. In industrialised societies, you rarely go barefoot and walk around outside or wear natural leather shoes that allow you to absorb the ground’s energy. For many decades, people have increasingly been wearing rubber and plastic-soled shoes that act as a barrier to the Earth’s energy, insulating them from electrical contact with the Earth. People also generally don’t sleep on the ground anymore, as many cultures have done throughout history. They live and work above the ground, even far above the ground in high-rises.
Why do it?
Researchers don’t know the specific causes behind the steep increases in the diversity of illnesses among humans. Some say it is because people are eating more unnatural foods than ever.
The truth is – you’re disconnected. You’re ungrounded. You are not in touch with the Earth. This disconnection may be a seriously overlooked cause of human pain and discomfort and the steeply rising incidence of chronic illness worldwide.
Our immune system works its hardest when it's supercharged with electrons, which can be obtained in abundance in a surprisingly simple way; by walking barefoot on the earth. Because our feet are locations for the connected muscular webbing, absorbing energy through the feet – a practice called grounding or earthing – promotes healing throughout the entire body.
The body-earth connection
The body is composed primarily of water and minerals, making it a great conductor of electricity. When we come into direct contact with the earth – our soles pressed into the soil, bodies pressed against the grass, fingers weaving through particles of sand – the free electrons on the earth's surface are absorbed into the body. This energy travels through your energy field and chakras, balancing the body.
Few benefits of connecting more directly to the earth:
=More efficient cell repair and function
=Detoxification of waste and toxins
=Improved blood flow and tissue oxygenation
=Restoration of the body's natural state (Great for jet lag and anti-aging)
=Balanced mind to calm anxiety and promote serenity and a sense of security
=Improves immune response
= Reduces emotional stress
= Improves blood flow
= Elevates mood
There are many ways to connect more deeply to the earth we live on. Start with something small and incorporate a practice or two, five to 20 minutes a day.
= When you’re outside, you can easily ground yourself by allowing the bottoms of your feet, palms of your hands, or entire body to touch the earth. Walk in the grass, lie in the sand, or swim in the sea.
=Indoors. When you’re inside, grounding yourself requires a bit more effort and in most cases, equipment. Use a grounding sheet or socks while you sleep. Use a grounding mat in your home office chair.
=Walking barefoot or even laying still on the ground to connect your entire body to Mother Earth.
=Take a walk in your local park or walking area. Take some time for gardening or meditating.
=Eating locally and organically.
=Sunbathing (morning sun). Feel the warmth of the sun contacting your skin.
=Walk on the beach. Feel the sand and enjoy the sound of the waves. Close your eyes and listen to the waves.
Being grounded can mean two things:
1. Being fully present in your body and/or
2. Feeling connected to the earth.
Clear your mind, recharge your energy, strengthen your instincts, and calm your emotions. Therefore, grounding exercises can increase your overall performance.
Biophysicist James Oschman explains:
“The moment your foot touches the Earth, or you connect to the Earth through a wire, your physiology changes. An immediate normalisation 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 neutralise the free radicals in the body that cause disease and cellular destruction. Earthing is the easiest and most profound lifestyle change anyone can make.”