By Jessica Ehrlich
When I was a teen, grounding was a punishment for missing curfew or talking back to my parents. They said it wasn’t a punishment, more of a consequence, a chance for me to take a break and “think” about my choices.
From one perspective my parents were right, grounding is a time for people to take a break from their activities. In much the same way, the current literature on “grounding,” (also known as earthing) shows a trend in healing practices worth considering.
According to shamanscave.com, “Grounding is the process whereby we do two things: (1) we first use the earth’s energy to balance ourselves, and (2) we use grounding to clear unwanted aspects from our energy. Grounding is one of the few things that really can’t be achieved intellectually. It is purely a function of doing; there is no other way to get “grounded.”
The Earth is as an abundant supply of antioxidant free-radical-busting electrons waiting to literally recharge you almost like a rechargeable battery when you connect to it. Native Americans have known about this energy for a while. In The Wind Is My Mother, Bear Heart says: “We look to the North for emotional, physical and mental health. We may have a loved one who’s ill or perhaps we’re sick and we want to get well. Lay down on this Mother Earth with your navel towards her and your head to the North. We can still receive healing energy from this Earth.
Our relentless exposure to free-radicals (i.e. pollution, processed foods, pesticides, radiation from cellphones, computers, Wi-Fi, etc.) makes this ancient practice even more necessary and vital to our existence.
Ways you can ground yourself:
- Touching the Earth-remember how fun it was to make mud pies? Well, now is your chance to do it again. Playing in the dirt, sitting, standing or walking barefooted on the dirt, sand, grass (preferably moist) and even on rocks, can help you feel connected to the Earth. You can also ground yourself on unsealed or unpainted concrete or brick and ceramic tile. The following sources will not ground you: asphalt, wood, rubber, plastic, vinyl or tarmac.
- Planting flowers, seeds, herbs or vegetables in the bare soil without gloves. Then look forward to the “fruits of your labor.”
- Eating root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, radishes, ginger, garlic and beets.
- Eating spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger and sassafras can warm your body and help you relax and get centered. You can also steep them in a cup of tea.
- Visualizing can also be a part of grounding. Standing or sitting still, and thinking of yourself in nature. Imagine walking in the woods, on a beach or in the mountains.
- Movements such as jumping, running in place and jumping jacks can also help you feel connected to the Earth. Not only will it boost your cardiovascular system but it can actually be a form of meditation.
- Simply standing or sitting barefooted outside and taking 10 slow deep breaths can take your mind off your worries and put you into an immediate relaxed state.
- There are also grounding mats and grounding sheets you can purchase if you live in the city and can’t get away from impervious cover.
Benefits of grounding may include:
- Stress relief
- Increased energy or physical revitalization
- Prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory disease
- Improved sleep
- Better digestion
- Pain reduction
- Recharges the immune system
- Tissue repair
- Delayed aging
- Improved wound healing
- Improved mindfulness and/or meditation
- Relief from headaches
- Relief from depression
- May lower risk of heart disease
- Relief from fatigue
- Mood improvement
- Can erase oxidative stress
Try it and let us know what you think. I bet you’ll agree, it feels more like a reward and less like a punishment.
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Jessica Leigh Ehrlich is a personal trainer from Austin, TX. With over two decades in the industry, she has used her passion for wellness to teach hundreds of people fitness, nutrition, yoga, and pilates. You can catch her meal plans, wellness tips, and daily shenanigans on Instagram @jessicaleighe.