What is “Earthing” (and grounding)?
It seems like it is a new discovery of an ancient natural art that was practiced by all humans at first, and then the art gradually got lost in many parts of the world. People rarely go barefoot outside or wear natural leather shoes that allow them to absorb the ground’s energy with the invention of shoes, especially rubber and plastic shoes (that act as a barrier to the Earth’s energy, insulating them from electrical contact with the Earth) and flooring surfaces such as wood, laminate and asphalt. Most people don’t sleep on the ground anymore, as many cultures have done throughout history. Instead, many live and work above the ground, even far above the ground in high-rises. In addition, with the great expansion of suburban areas, and conglomerates of buildings in big cities, great highways, and the development of technology, people seem to be more removed from nature, working sometimes for several hours a week under the influence of artificial fluorescent lights, airtight windows, in large cement buildings. with very sterile environments and not unusually any resemblance of nature such as a plant may just be an artificial one…
Now there is scientific evidence supporting the benefits of Eco-therapy or “Shnrin-ryoku – Forest bathing – as practiced in Japan. Basically this means just being in the presence of trees—this simple act of just being in nature, is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of well-being.
“Shnrin-ryoku – Forest bathing. A Japanese practice of walking with intention amidst trees.”
Thankfully the increase awareness of the great effect nature has on wellness, office environments are incorporating more plants and open spaces where people can have some fresh air in their lunch time and breaks. Also hospitals that used to be sterile white environments, have now incorporated more colors in their walls, curtains and sheets, as well as staff’s uniforms. Color also has a very positive influence and thus it contributes to a sense of comfort which promotes healing. Pet therapy is another aspect that has also been incorporated with great success in hospitals.
Experiments have been conducted about the beneficial effects that plants (and animals) can have on sick people. Demonstrating that patients exposed to plants have a shorter stay in hospital. This concept was quickly incorporated in long term facilities such as Nursing homes, Assisted living facilities and psychiatric units. They all usually provide beautiful gardens to enjoy, and even some have raised gardens for seniors to enjoy planting and caring for the gardens. Some Schools have also incorporated raised gardens to teach children where our food comes from, and to begin understanding the importance of taking care of our environment and nature.
The Earth is like a gigantic battery that contains a natural, subtle electric charge—a special kind of energy present in the ground.The term “grounded” is used when electrical appliances or even Power Plants are connected to the earth for safety and stability.
We are all bio-electrical beings living on an electrical planet. Our body operates electrically and energetically. All of your cells transmit multiple frequencies which run, for example, our heart, immune system, muscles, and nervous system.
Excerpts from a study : “Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons”
“Environmental medicine generally addresses environmental factors with a negative impact on human health. However, emerging scientific research has revealed a surprisingly positive and overlooked environmental factor on health: direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth. Modern lifestyle separates humans from such contact. The research suggests that this disconnect may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and unwellness”*
…”The Earth’s surface possesses a limitless and continuously renewed supply of free or mobile electrons…Mounting evidence suggests that the Earth’s negative potential can create a stable internal bio-electrical environment for the normal functioning of all body systems. Moreover, oscillations of the intensity of the Earth’s potential may be important for setting the biological clocks regulating diurnal body rhythms, such as cortisol secretion”…
“During recent decades, chronic illness, immune disorders, and inflammatory diseases have increased dramatically, and some researchers have cited environmental factors as the cause. However, the possibility of modern disconnection with the Earth’s surface as a cause has not been considered. Much of the research reviewed in this paper points in that direction”…
…”Earthing (also known as grounding) refers to contact with the Earth’s surface electrons by walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems, some of them patented, that transfer the energy from the ground into the body. Emerging scientific research supports the concept that the Earth’s electrons induce multiple physiological changes of clinical significance, including reduced pain, better sleep, a shift from sympathetic to parasympathetic tone in the autonomic nervous system (ANS), and a blood-thinning effect. The research, along with many anecdotal reports, is presented in a new book entitled Earthing”…
Many people live with daily pain and constant stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. They feel out-of-sorts, not centered, “un-grounded“. Their doctors many times are unable to identify the cause of their complaints.
We’re disconnected, ungrounded and not in touch with the Earth as we were in the past.
Even the newer generations of children are spending more time indoors with their video games, and other technological devices than we were when we were kids.
All research aside, I think we can all agree that when we are exposed to nature, whether we’re spending time in a garden, walking in a forest, or walking barefooted on grass, or by the ocean shore; we always feel more positive, uplifted, rejuvenated, and relaxed!
So, lets kick off our shoes once in a while and reconnect to Mother Earth!!!
- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/ *
- https://chopra.com/articles/grounding-the-human-body-the-healing-benefits-of-earthing **