Have you recently taken off your shoes and walked in the new growing grasses with your toes spread wide and breathed deeply while connecting with the Earth? If not, maybe it’s time to. I’m not sure about you, but for me, childhood included toughening up the bottoms of my feet in the spring time and being mostly barefoot all summer long. Turns out, it’s potentially good for you!!

Earthing, also called grounding, is the practice of connecting with and drawing energy by making direct physical contact, such as touching the soil, grass, sand, or water. As we evolved as humans, we created ways to separate our energy from that of the Earth, including rubber soled shoes. Grounding is being used and studied in various fields, including electrical engineering, physics, and even psychology.

Grounding is not a new idea, however, many 21st century humans have never heard of it.  This technique that has been practiced for thousands of years by walking barefoot, sitting, or lying directly on the ground. It is believed to allow us to receive the transfer of the Earth's electrons into our bodies.

How does it work? Chronic inflammation is caused by free radicals and some studies have shown that when you make direct contact with the Earth by something as simple as walking barefoot in your yard, electrons from the earth enter your body and destroy those free radicals. Our body innately knows how much energy from electrons to absorb from the earth to bring us back into balance. We use electrons in all our metabolic processes including cellular production.  The benefits of grounding for humans are still being studied, and more research is needed for scientific proof.

This technique has many fans who swear by the physical, mental and emotional improvements. Some potential benefits include; improved sleep, reduced inflammation, pain relief, reduced blood pressure, stress reduction, wound healing, improved athletic performance, mood, energy and vitality!

Ready to try it?  

Here are some common methods for Earthing:

1. Barefoot walking

Take off your shoes and walk on natural surfaces like grass, sand or soil. This allows direct contact between your feet and the earth, promoting grounding. Walk with supportive sandals and remove them whenever you feel safe to do so.

2. Forest bathing 

Spend time in nature, particularly in forests or wooded areas. Leaning against or hugging trees and connecting with plants can help you absorb the Earth's energy and feel grounded.

3. Gardening

Engaging in gardening activities, such as planting, weeding, or digging, can help you connect with the Earth. Touching the soil with your hands and being in close proximity to nature can have grounding effects. Not to mention the incredible benefits of eating or enjoying something you planted and cultivated!

4. Swimming in natural bodies of water

Taking a dip in a lake, river or ocean can be a great way to physically ground yourself. The water and its minerals conduct energy, providing a sense of connection to the earth.

5. Hiking or walking in nature

Going for a hike or a leisurely nature walk can help you feel the energy! Pay attention to the sights, sounds, and sensations around you to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

6. Yoga or tai chi

These practices incorporate grounding techniques, such as standing barefoot on the Earth or focusing on your connection to the ground. Engaging in these activities can help you establish a physical and energetic connection with the

7. Grounding exercises/Meditations

The Root Chakra connects us to the Earth and we can do specific exercises designed to ground your energy. One example is the "rooting" exercise, where you visualize roots growing from your feet deep into the Earth, anchoring you and providing stability. Have a blanket in the trunk of your car and spread it out and meditate/rest whenever you can!

Remember, grounding is a personal experience, and what works for one person may not work for another. Experiment with different methods and find what resonates with you the most.

It's important to note that while Earthing is generally considered safe, it's always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before adopting any new health practices, particularly if you have specific medical conditions or concerns.

About the Author: Mary Wilson has been a beauty industry pro for 40 years and has contributed in many arenas including marketing, sales, education, communication and presentation skills. She has always believed the very best way to find  overall happiness is to create authentic beauty while maintaining your own physical, mental and emotional health.In addition to being a beauty industry leader,  Mary has been a certified yoga teacher for the past 10 years, leading wellness retreats and teaching yoga, breath work. reiki and energy healing. Since launching Wilson Collective in 2019, Mary has embarked on sharing her message directly with stylist and salon owners by traveling the country in an RV with her partner and husband and sharing the Wilson Brand, teaching the Wilson Method of Haircutting, as well as Styling and Wellness. Mary will host the Mountain High Yoga at Data-Driven Salon Summit in Denver!

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