How often do you take off your shoes and walk barefoot? How often do you let your bare skin touch the skin of the earth? If you're like I was until recently, then it's probably very rare. But now that I've discovered "Earthing," I'm trying to do it every day.
Earthing is where you actually put any part of your skin on the surface of the Earth (unsealed concrete or stone also works). Since I've read the book, Earthing, by Clinton Ober, I've started to garden while barefoot, eat my lunch on the stone patio while barefoot, practice yoga directly on the sand at times, walk on the sand barefoot, make sure my calves and heels are off the towel and on the sand when I'm sunbathing, and yesterday, I even enjoyed a few hours of cruising around at the Humboldt Folklife Festival in my bare feet. It helps me to feel more connected to my body and to the moment, as I'm forced to slow down and pay more attention to where I step. I also become more sensitive and aware. And I feel more grounded and calm, like my inner vibrations slow down. Plus I'm noticing better sleep.
The Earthing book discusses how the earth's surface is full of free electrons which are negatively charged and how contact with it's surface balances our body's imbalanced positive electrical charge. So when we get our skin on the earth's skin, we get neutralized. "Earthing naturally protects the body's delicate bioelectircal circuitry against static electrical charges and interference….Earthing remedies an electrical instability and electron deficiency you never knew you had."
Our problem is that we have spent most of our life not actually touching the earth. We have rubber or wooden soles on our shoes, carpet, plastic or wood flooring, asphalt on the roads, towels on the sand, blankets on the grass, etc., and free electrons cannot conduct through these surfaces. But if we put our bare skin on the ground or even on stone or concrete (that's not sealed or painted), we can gain the benefits of Earthing. At least 30 minutes a day is recommended.
And what are these benefits? We not only feel more grounded, centered and relaxed, but many people get benefits like reduced pain and inflammation, increased vitality, better sleep and much more. There are now many studies and testimonials which report decrease in causes of inflammation, increase energy, reduction of stress, improvement of blood pressure, reduction of muscle tension, headaches, hormonal and menstrual symptoms, increase speed of healing, reduction or elimination of jet lag, protection against EMF's, acceleration of recovery from intense athletic activity, and more.
So I encourage you to take advantage of this warmer weather and take off your sandals and put your naked feet on the ground!
Let me know what you discover!