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You’ve probably heard the term “grounding” before – it’s a way to help you feel calmer and more centered. Grounding is one of the most effective tools within energy healing for dealing with stress and anxiety, especially when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Grounding can be defined as the process of reconnecting with your body and about becoming aware of the present moment, by connecting with our physical selves through our senses.
Why Connecting To The Earth Is Important
For most of our evolutionary history, humans have had continuous contact with the earth. It has only been relatively recently that substances such as asphalt, rugs, wood plastics and rubber soled shoes, have separated us from this contact. Unless we walk barefoot, we no longer have a natural electrical connection to the Earth. This electrical connection is important for 2 reasons:
The Earth is a massive reservoir of negatively charged free electrons. Without a connection to this reservoir, the cells in our body are unable to balance the positive charge which results from things like electron-deficient free radicals.
Our modern environment is full of a wide spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, from computers, WiFi, Bluetooth, mobile phones and masts, radio and TV, domestic wiring and other electrical appliances. This electromagnetic radiation induces voltages in our body, disrupting the trillions of subtle electrical communications which are a vital part of human body functioning. By being grounded to the earth the induced voltage levels are greatly reduced, as we are in effect, shielded by the earth’s large electrical mass.
Here Are 3 Easy Ways To Ground Yourself Wherever You Are
1. Ground Yourself At Home
This video shows a series of exercises of a daily energy routine you can do to ground yourself in the comfort of your own home and develop a stronger energetic core. They strengthen the nine energy systems of the body and build communication among them.
2. Ground Yourself In Nature
Have you ever noticed how good you feel and how well you sleep after a day at the beach, a long walk or somewhere outdoors?
Grounding yourself outside with bare feet, hands or body on the grass, or immersing your body a lake will help to connect the electrical path and invigorate you. Even walking amongst the trees, hugging them or feeling the wind in your hair will also stimulate your senses and help you tune into nature.
3. Ground Yourself In Mindfulness
To do this, sit in a comfortable position with your feet flat on the floor and a straight back. Then close your eyes. Begin to focus on your breath, slowing it down and start to notice if you are holding any tension in your body.
Breathe in, then as you breathe out send the next breath all the way down to your toes. Notice what it feels like as your toes receive the new breath. Now notice the base of your feet on the floor. Imagine tree roots running from the base of your feet into the earth. Send them deep into the earth.
The next breath in, bring the breath from the earth up through the tree roots to the base of your feet. Do that for the next two breaths. Notice the energy rom the earth at the base of your feet.
Breathing in, bring all that earth energy up through your feet to your ankles. The next breath bringing all the earth energy to your calves. Then to your thighs, then hips, stomach, chest, lower back, upper back, shoulders, all the way down to your fingers, arms, neck, face and head.
Bring the next breath of all that grounding earth energy to your heart space. Notice what it feels like to have your heart filled with all the grounding energy. Have the feeling overflow your heart and send it all around your body. Notice how your body feels.
Now start to focus on the breath again, keeping it nice and slow. Wriggle your fingers and toes. Stretch if you need to and when you are ready, open your eyes.
Whichever method you use, grounding can leave you feeling calm, clearer and more focused so it is beneficial to do often during the day. I always start my day off with grounding as it is an absolute must before any energy medicine work.
The Health Benefits Of Grounding
There are many health benefits to grounding or earthing. Earthing refers to the practice of being connected to the Earth’s surface. It is believed that the Earth carries an abundance of free electrons and the practice of earthing allows us to absorb these electrons, which in turn helps our body to stabilise its electrical charge.
Science has shown that exposure to these Earth electrons lowers inflammation and oxidative stress, improves blood circulation, increases energy levels and sleep, reduces pain and eases health conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis as well as:
- Improved immune function
- Improved digestion
- Improved sleep
- Rapid healing of injuries
- Improved blood circulation
- Harmonisation and stabilisation of the body’s basic biological rhythms
- Accelerated recovery from intense athletic activity
- Reduction of inflammation
- Reduced stress, anxiety or irritability
- Reduced electro-sensitivity
Grounding Is A Practice, Not A Quick Fix!
Grounding is a practice that allows us to stay present in the moment, without getting caught up in thoughts about the past or worries about the future. It really needs to be done on a regular basis to be most effective. Living a busy lifestyle can often make it difficult to find time to do this. But the benefits of grounding are so great that it is worth finding a way to fit it into your day.
Regularly staying connected to the Earth is key to grounding yourself and staying in touch with your feelings will help your life become more open and meaningful. This may take time to learn and feel at ease with, so take things slowly and in your own time. You’ll get there. x