© Lori Painter
“Touch your soles with the soul of this Earth and feel her magic”
Many of us spend the majority of our time indoors, separated from the earth by layers of concrete, wood, and synthetic materials. This lifestyle leads to a 'grounding deficiency.’ However, it is easily remedied by a grounding practice, but first we need to be able to identify when we are ungrounded. Below are five signs to look for.
You are ungrounded when:
Your mind is racing and can’t focus on what you need to do.
You are easily distracted and avoid tasks and looping thoughts.
You are tired yet wired at the same time.
You find it difficult to complete projects and you jump from one thing to another.
You feel restless and discontent with your surroundings, yourself, and the people around you.
If you are experiencing any of these signs you are not alone. Everyone becomes ungrounded at times. It is not a matter of if, but when.
How We Become Ungrounded?
Humans are electrical beings. Our bodies have electrons. However, free radicals steal our electrons and disrupt our electrical system. Free radicals come from pollution, smoke, pesticides, fried food, and radiation. We spend hours bathing in electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from electronics, cell phones, and laptops causing us to be ungrounded.
What is Grounding?
Grounding realigns your electrical energy by touching the ground barefoot. The Earth's surface carries electrons so when we make direct contact with it, electrons flow into our bodies and spreads throughout. The grounding process neutralizes free radicals. Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman discovered that, when grounded, our body becomes an extension of the Earth's gigantic electric system and a “working agent that cancels, reduces, or pushes away electric fields from the body.”
Scientific Proven Benefits
"Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons” (Journal of Environmental and Public Health, January 12, 2012, Page 1) showed that the anti-inflammatory effects of grounding through the transfer of electrons improved human health. Benefits included improved immune function and circulation, increased energy, better sleep, pain and stress relief, and a faster workout recovery.
Grounding is found in Ayurvedic teachings from over 5,000 years ago. Traditional Chinese medicine, which is over 2,500 years old, practices earthing or grounding Qi to balance and harmonize the body's energy.
Grounding for Flow State
The electromagnetic field of the earth is 7.8 Hz which is also the same as brainwave frequency of alpha-theta, which is known as the flow state. This allows us to function at optimum efficiency and coherence. These brainwaves are associated with insight, intuition, and inner peace. As a matter of fact, Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, was known for walking barefoot at school, work, and to many of his meetings. He believed his most creative ideas arrived when walking barefoot.
For a decade, Robert Beck researched the brain wave activity of healers from all cultures and religious backgrounds. Independent of their belief systems, each exhibited nearly identical EEG
7.8Hz brainwaves during their ‘healing’ moments that synchronized with the earth’s geoelectric micropulsations. - Lian Sidorov
How Grounding Assists in Healing Trauma
In order to heal traumatic memories, we need to be in alpha-theta brainwaves. In theta, memories can safely resurface. In alpha the memories can be processed. The Earth’s pulse falls precisely where the alpha and theta brain waves meet and acts as a master entrainment signal that synchronizes the frequencies of the heart, brain and emotions. This coherent state reverses hyperarousal patterns, so inner conflicts are resolved and well-being is re-established.
In his Youtube video “About grounding and why I don’t wear shoes anymore. We are electrical
beings.” Adrian Kuiper demonstrates a dramatic difference in energy levels when grounded and
ungrounded using a voltmeter.
When to Ground
Ground after emotionally charged, stressful, and overwhelming situations, at work, school, or in personal relationships to regain focus and composure. It helps you feel more stable and present. Ground after using electronic devices. Ground after traveling to readjust your body to overcome jet lag. Grounding is great before meditation as it enhances its effectiveness. It is also excellent to do before sleep to improve the quality of rest.
How to Ground
When you are outdoors walk barefoot on grass, soil, or sand. Swim in the ocean, soak in mineral hot springs, or play in a saltwater pool. When you are indoors, consider using grounding products such as mats, sheets, blankets, and grounding socks. You can even make your own grounding shoes.
Take Inspired Action
Perform a grounding practice for the next thirty days by spending twenty minutes outside enjoying the sun and fresh air. See if you notice your mind becoming clearer, feeling more peaceful, and grounded in life.