Have you heard the term "earthing" before? If you're like me, you probably read something about it somewhere along the way, but it went in one ear and out the other. I think Gwyneth Paltrow may have mentioned it once on Kimmel...But honestly, who can keep track of the endless list of things we're "supposed to do" for our health? I mean, with everything else going on in the world right now, how important can earthing really be??
Turns out it's super important. In fact I'd argue earthing (also called grounding) is critically important to our overall health and wellbeing. And it's about the easiest thing in the world to do. It requires no equipment, no teacher, no special training, no athletic skills, and best of all it's free.
Here's how to do earthing:
Go outside barefoot.
Stand/walk in the earth for at least 15 minutes.
That's it. Congratulations, you've just done earthing! And here's what else you've done in those 15 minutes with your bare feet or hands in the grass, mud, dirt, soil, sand, river, rocks, weeds, lake, ocean, stream, or forest...(you get the point):
The general theory behind earthing is that modern day humans are disconnected from the earth. Our nomadic ancestors used to travel, eat, and sleep directly on the earth allowing them to naturally absorb the earth's energy and stay in biological balance. Ever since we put shoes on our feet, moved indoors, and drove cars, we cut ourselves off from Mama Earth's endless supply of natural, healing energy.
I can tell you firsthand that the majority of my clients need earthing. During Reiki sessions, when I notice the root chakra is blocked or depleted, I always recommend that clients kick off their shoes and wiggle their toes in Mama Earth. My kids and I go barefoot outside every day as well. So simple, yet so effective.
If you want to read the science and studies behind the theory of earthing, here are a few reputable links:
And if you really wanna geek out about it, there's even a documentary called The Earthing Movie.
Now go outside and run around barefoot. Your body will thank you for it! (Except of course if you live where it's cold and snowy! In that case, wait until summertime to go outside barefoot. But if you really wanna start grounding before summer, give this a try.)