We live in a world that is constantly in a state of stress. And when I say “world,” I’m referencing our society, not the Earth itself. We’re always trying to do more than time allows. We tend to measure ourselves by the accomplishments on our To-Do Lists, not by our positive contributions to society. I want to introduce a concept called “grounding” or “Earthing” that I find fascinating. But it requires you to slow down for a minute, which just might be the best thing for you!
What is grounding? According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, world-renowned cardiologist, grounding is a very simple thing. It literally means to connect with the Earth, as in touching it! Many of have done this throughout our lives without even realizing it. Each time you walk barefoot in the grass, or kick your sandals off at the beach, that’s exactly what you’re doing! Kids are the best at grounding. We can barely keep our daughter’s shoes on in the summertime! It’s important to note that walking on pavement, like sidewalks, driveways, and patios doesn’t count. We literally need to be connected with the Earth.
Is there science behind this concept? Absolutely! The human body is an electrical being. Your “energy level” doesn’t only reference how much get-up-and-go you have, but that always changing positive and negative ions circulating in the body. The Earth is a great source of negative charges, or electrons. The electrons provide an anti-oxidant source for the body, helping it heal and fight oxidative stress that we are exposed to on a daily basis. By equalizing the body’s energy state, it brings a calming and balancing effect that promotes health. Click here for resources and scientific papers that have been published over the last 20 years.
I challenge YOU! Take this simple practice into consideration and give it a try as spring approaches. Who doesn’t need an excuse to go to the beach or take their shoes off on their lunch break? If everyone takes time to ground themselves and relax for a few minutes, just maybe we will be a little kinder to each other and a little less stressed.