Fall is a time when the leaves transform into beautiful red, orange, and golden colors before falling to the ground. It’s as if nature is giving us it’s season finale with all the beautiful colors around us. The air gets crisper, the days get shorter, and the world is getting ready for winter. It’s a season of change and reflection, and we can go along with this natural rhythm by reconnecting with Earth.
Grounding with Earth’s energy fields, referred to as “earthing,” is a simple but powerful practice that involves connecting with the Earth’s natural energy. The Earth carries an electrical charge, and by physically connecting with it, we can benefit from its health and well-being effects.
The Earth’s negative charge can help balance the positive charge in our bodies. This positive charge, often stemming from daily exposure to electronic devices and other environmental factors, contributes to stress, inflammation, and various health issues. Grounding neutralizes this charge by allowing our bodies to absorb electrons from the Earth, much like grounding electrical circuits for safety.
You can practice earthing in several ways, such as walking barefoot on natural surfaces like grass, soil, or sand, or by using special grounding mats or sheets that are connected to the Earth via a grounding rod. This puts you in touch with Earth’s abundant electrons, which has many health benefits.
Grounding with Earth’s energy fields encourages a direct connection between our bodies and the Earth’s electrical charge, promoting a sense of balance and well-being.
The Benefits of Earthing
1. Reduces Stress: Fall can be a busy and stressful time with holidays and year-end goals. Earthing can help you relax and reduce stress.
2. Improves Sleep: Regular earthing can improve your sleep by resetting your internal body clock, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
3. Reduces Inflammation: Grounding may help reduce inflammation and pain, which can be especially helpful for people with chronic conditions.
4. Boosts Mood: Being in touch with nature can lift your mood and clear your mind, which is great for combating the blues that can come in the autumn.
5. Strengthens Immunity: Some studies suggest that earthing might boost your immune system by reducing inflammation and promoting overall well-being.
How to Practice Earthing
1. Walk Barefoot: Take leisurely walks on natural surfaces like grass, sand, or soil. Enjoy the sensory experience of being grounded.
2. Gardening: Fall is a perfect time to start or tend to a garden. Digging in the soil, planting bulbs, and caring for your plants all give you opportunities to ground yourself.
3. Outdoor Meditation and Yoga: Practice meditation or yoga in a natural setting like a park or your backyard to combine mindfulness with earthing.
4. Use Grounding Mats, Sheets, or Bands: If you can’t go barefoot, you can use grounding mats, sheets, or wristbands indoors to stay connected to the Earth’s energy. I use an earthing wristband that is connected to the grounding outlet next to my bed. I slip it on when I get into bed at night and sleep in it.
5. Take up pottery: I bought myself an inexpensive pottery wheel and I’m playing with dirt, in the form of clay, every day now. I love digging my hands into the clay and learning to make pottery. Now I understand why potters are always in a good mood! Spinning clay into a vessel gives me a profound sense of zen. It’s like meditation!
Heal your body, calm your mind, and refresh your spirit by grounding to mother Earth.