If you’re from a four seasoned state, you know that cold weather seems to last forever and summer is gone within a blink of an eye. One of the reasons many people love summer is because we don’t have to put on 3 layers of clothing to go and get the mail across the street. And, most of the time, we don’t have to wear shoes.
From the article “The Healing Benefits of Walking Barefoot” by Erica Sofrina, Sofrina breaks down some of the reasons why it “feels great when you to fall sleep on the sand, or lay on the earth and look up at the clouds.” According to the article, a book called Earthing by Mark Zucker explains that you were experiencing “the flow of the earth’s electric energy connecting to your physical body, which has been scientifically proven to promote healing and create a deep sense of well-being within us.”
Zucker states that connecting your bare feet to the earth is called “grounding” and it’s as simple as “planting your feet onto the ground and enjoying the organic benefits.” Zucker claims that grounding has “health benefits derived from it that may be equally as important as the Vitamin D that we obtain from the sun.” According to Zucker, research shows that the benefits of grounding are endless. Some of the main benefits seen in grounding are health improvements. These include, but are not limited to, “significant improvements in inflammation-related disorders, chronic pain, sleep disorders, low energy, high stress, muscle tension, headache relief, hormonal and menstrual symptoms and protection from EMF’s.”
The article also lists ways on how to get the full benefit from your grounding experience:
- Start by standing, sitting or lying on grass, sand, gravel or unpainted concrete
- Pay attention to how you feel before you start. You may want to journal where you are physically, emotionally and mentally and gauge your healing progress over time.
- Close your eyes and focus on releasing any pain or stress you may be feeling into the earth. If you are lying on the ground, open your eyes, soften your gaze and allow your imagination to play with the passing cloud formations.
- Spend at least a half hour on your chosen plot of ground and just allow yourself to be present with what is, stilling the mind.
- After 30 minutes or longer, come back to the present. Pay attention to how your body feels in contrast to where you started.