What comes to mind when you hear the term grounded? If you’re like me, you recall the many days spent cut off from your friends as a means of punishment (pre-cell/smartphone, laptop, Ipad, etc. days). In electrical terms, grounded means an electrical connection to an object or to the earth that can absorb an unlimited or large amount of current, usually used as a safety measure. However, in kinesiology terms, grounding (or earthing) means electrically connecting ourselves to the earth. Nicola Tesla once said that our entire biological system, the brain and the earth itself, actually work on the same frequencies. All species on our planet are shaped by the forces and presence of the earth and the cosmos.
Organisms operate more efficiently and harmoniously when connected to this energy of the earth. They can more freely access the earth-stabilizing electromagnetic energy to increase vitality, health and wellness. So, how can we go about doing this?The easiest way to enhance this connection is simply to just go outside, get out in nature. Go to a field, a mountain, a swamp, a river, a stream, a beach or the ocean. Just get out of the office or house; get up from the desk and off the couch. Be in the presence of nature and connect with that energy. Unfortunately, we don’t typically get outdoors enough today, which means we miss out on the benefits of the earth’s magnetic field for our health and well-being.
In our modern society, there are numerous reasons we aren’t naturally grounded. Synthetic-sole shoes are also a significant inhibitor to grounding. It can also be pretty tough to be grounded in the winter if you’re living in a cold climate. Not only do we spend less time outdoors, the cold prohibits us from going barefoot, so we rarely come in contact with the electron-enriched earth outside. Perhaps this lack of grounding contributes to our lethargy, gloom, irritability, and many common symptoms of Seasonal Depressive Disorder (SAD). So, what can we do about it? The answer is simple. Walk barefoot in nature and connect with the earth’s energy directly. The human species has thrived for thousands of years barefoot, and we should return to this practice in our daily life. Just connecting with that energy helps to balance your own energy field. Spending only a few minutes doing this every day can be very helpful.
Grounding therapy is also known as earthing, which means maintaining a connection to the earth to experience healing and wellness. In grounding therapy, you attempt to create “electrically conductive” contact with the earth by walking barefoot on the ground. Another way to ground yourself is to wear soft-soled shoes made of natural material that conducts the earth’s electricity to your body. Some shoes contain copper plates to pass the charges of the earth to you. There are also grounding mats and earthing accessories that help you neutralize the body’s excess of positive charges. There are peer-reviewed studies that have examined the effect of grounding therapy on many issues. The results reveal, among other things, that earthing can relieve fatigue, improve mental wellness, alleviate chronic pain, speed wound healing, improve sleep and reduce inflammation.
Grounding improves sleep
If you want to have energy during the workday and be mentally alert, you must get deep and restful sleep. If you find it difficult to sleep, grounding therapy might be just what you need. Sleeping on a grounding mat or mattress can help you connect to the earth’s charge. According to one study, sleeping on a grounding mat reduced cortisol levels and yielded better sleep. If you’re looking for a short burst of energy, a quick fix or just want to feel refreshed, lie down on a cotton sheet or some other conductive material at the beach or on the grass. The open air, the sounds of nature and the grounding effect will combine to make you rested and energized. What’s not to like about that? And anybody can do it. It’s a good idea to practice grounding every week to reduce the excess of positive charges in your body. You’ll be surprised by the benefits and how much better your long-term wellness will be.
To sum up
Being grounded means being completely aware and conscious during the present moment. If you’re grounded, you practice a deep sense of mindfulness and rarely think about “what ifs.” According to author Michael Daniels in his book, Shadow, Self, Spirit (2005), groundedness refers to “a sense of being fully embodied, whole, centered and balanced in ourselves and our relationships.” It’s a deeper connection to the authentic self and is associated “with an experience of clarity, wholeness, ‘rightness’ and harmony.” It sounds simple enough, so why not give it a try? You’ve got nothing to lose except your stress and anxiety.