With the warmer weather of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, many people are spending more time outdoors.
While simply being outside brings many health benefits there is a simple way to harness more healing power from nature:
Get barefoot and start Earthing.
Connecting your bare feet to the Earth is a process which has been called ‘Earthing’ or ‘Grounding’.
Our ancestors did this naturally and in the process they were able to be a conduit for the Earth’s natural, gentle negative electrical charge.
The negative charge produced by natural systems and the Earth, helps to rebalance our body and control free radicals caused by pollution and foods.
According to the Earthing Institute “Contact with the Earth appears to uphold the electrical stability of our bodies and serve as a foundation for vitality and health.”
Earthing can help with physical ailments, mental stress and has even been shown to alleviate the symptoms of jet-lag. Connecting barefoot with the Earth is also a moment for peaceful connection to your greater ‘Earth body’.
If it’s not summer where you are of course you can still do Earthing! It will just be a bit colder and maybe you’ll have to decrease the time spent with bare feet or do some jumping jacks to keep warm (again more health benefits!)
How to do Earthing
Earthing is REALLY SIMPLE.
You simply find a place where you can place your bare feet on the ground. You can walk, stand or even sit still for the entire exercise.
The main point is to have your bare feet connected directly with the Earth and stay connected for at least 5-10 minutes.
Feel the sensation under your feet. It may be something you’ve not felt in a while. Notice the feelings in your body as you stay connected to the Earth. Practice some slow, deep breathing to enhance the experience.
Now obviously there are some notes of common-sense caution here. Please choose your area wisely. You need to find a place where your feet can connect with soil or grass that is free from glass, trash or dog poop!
If you are at the beach, Earthing with bare feet on the sand is something that comes naturally and is one of the reasons we feel so well rejuvenated after some time on the beach. But Earthing can be done almost anywhere on grass or directly in the mud (one of my favourites!)
Questions to reflect on after your Earthing practice.
Integrating the practices of nature connection with spoken and written language helps us to recognize and validate the effects, which in turn makes you more likely to reap the benefits and continue the practice.
So you can reflect on and add to the following questions and write your answers in a journal.
- How did you feel before and after Earthing?
- Did you find that Earthing helped you feel calmer and more relaxed?
- Were there any other benefits to your Earthing experience?
- Is this something you can integrate in to your daily life?
- What are you grateful for?
I hope this simple practice is something that you will take on to enhance your wellbeing in harmony with nature.
It’s simple, it’s free and is a highly beneficial prescription for your health!
Please let me know how you get on with it in the comments below.
P.S. Are you interested in helping other people connect with nature in small groups? I’m creating a short training program on this so let me know if you are interested.