Yes, that’s right. No shoes - bare feet on the ground. Usually, when I ask this question, it takes people a few minutes to think about it. The fact is, most people don’t spend much time outside with no shoes.
Throughout history, humans walked barefoot or wore shoes with very thin soles. Not today. We wear shoes with thick rubber soles and it's actually become socially unacceptable (in most communities) to walk around without shoes (no shirt, no shoes, no service - you’ve seen the signs). Researchers who study this believe that shoes along with our modern dwellings have insulated us from the ground, preventing the transfer of essential electrons. According to science, we are missing a huge opportunity to heal ourselves. We are blocking a natural occurrence from happening. It’s called grounding. Grounding, also known as earthing, is the practice of reconnecting the human body with the earth.
Grounding occurs when humans make an electrical connection to the earth’s energies. It may sound strange but it's simple science. We are bioelectrical beings that carry a positive charge which can build up in our bodies. Earth has a negative charge. When we make contact through grounding, we discharge our excess energy, producing a healing effect at a cellular level.
Walking barefoot is the easiest way to connect to the earth. Put your bare feet on a patch of grass or a warm dirt path or dig your toes in the sand
Get that skin-to-earth connection going by laying down on the ground. Try some grass in an open park or yard space or at the beach in the sand
If you like the water, this works too as long as you’re in lakes, rivers or oceans. It has to be water that is in direct contact with the earth so swimming pools or hot tubs don’t have the same effect
If you are skeptical about the benefits of grounding, it won’t hurt to give it a try! If being outside is not accessible due to your environment or weather, there are grounding mats that are available that can create a similar effect.
If you are interested in learning more about grounding or other ways to reconnect with not only the earth but yourself, grab some time on my calendar.