Grounded: How the earth can energise you

When we describe people as being ‘grounded’, or ‘down to earth’ – we know instinctively that those people are well balanced, sensible, unpretentious. Both descriptions are very positive.

And now there’s increasing evidence that being literally grounded or down to earth can be good for your health. Spending time in nature – specifically in contact with the earth itself, bare palms and soles in contact with the ground – is good for you.

For most of us, walking barefoot on the grass or on a sandy beach feels good. And now, a new concept in healing called ‘earthing’ or ‘grounding’ is building up a body of evidence that reveals that direct physical contact with the earth is good for our health, because it puts us in touch with the natural electrical energy of the earth’s surface.

This short video illustrated many of the health and emotional benefits of connecting with nature:

We know that we all need contact with sunlight every day – the sun gives us warmth and vitamin D. But we also need the earth underfoot, because it doesn’t only give us food and water, a surface to walk, sit, stand, play, and build on. It also gives us something you might never have thought about – an eternal, natural, and gentle energy.

Think of it perhaps as vitamin G – G for ground.

Over time, modern lifestyles have disconnected us from nature’s battery, and the wisdom of ancient communities. We rarely walk barefoot outside anymore. We no longer sleep on the ground. We’re always in shoes, and many of us live and work high above the ground.

Fortunately, this is easy to change. All you need to do is get outdoors for 15 minutes or longer and stand or walk on grass, sand or in water if you are close to the ocean, river or a lake. You must have direct, sustained skin contact (any part of your body will do) with the surface of the earth to benefit.

And then repeat the dose as often as you can – every day if possible.