Staying grounded is essential to keeping an Empath… well… grounded. I was reminded of the incredible benefits grounding has on keeping us balanced and happy, after enjoying a two-week break in the Caribbean. At the start of the holiday, I thought the best part would be basking in the sunshine whilst binge-reading books, but there was more…
When I travel, I often let my daily exercise regime slide. But, on this holiday, I was determined to work out every day. On our first morning, my husband and I eagerly turned up at the hotel’s gym for our pre-breakfast work-out. However, we found the gym to be small, stuffy and super-busy, with no floor-space to do stretches or yoga. We spent more time waiting for the machines than we did working-out. But the cramped conditions actually turned out to be a huge blessing in disguise.
The following morning, I suggested we work-out on the beach instead. Being a big fan of the treadmill and weights, my husband wasn’t keen on the idea, but decided to try it because of the busyness of the gym.
We did a mix of exercises whilst wearing training shoes, but when it came to yoga and stretches, it was time to go barefoot. As soon as I kicked off my shoes and grounded my toes into the sand, I felt an incredible calming yet powerful energy surge through me. In an instant, I remembered the familiar tranquillity and pureness that comes with connecting to the Earth. The feeling was also improved by being able to gaze out over the beautiful sea and watch the palm trees swaying idly on the light, salty breeze.
The Earth’s powerful healing energy, I now realize, is something I take for granted or forget about, especially whilst my feet are swathed in socks and sturdy shoes.
Grounding with the earth is also known as Earthing, and is a quick powerful way to harness the Earth’s power.
Earthing has gone from being a somewhat ‘woo-woo’ New Age trend to being a well-researched practice, with a number of proven health benefits. From the perspective of being an Empath, I have found Earthing has some of the following positive properties:
- Decreases Empath fatigue
- Reduces EMF (electrical magnetic frequencies caused by televisions, computers, mobile phones, etc.). EMF disrupts bioelectrical functions, often leaving the Empath wired or energetically open.
- Helps clear unwanted energy picked up from others.
- Calms the mind. Its grounding effects helps pull us out of our heads and reduces repetitive thoughts.
- Charges us with vibrant energy and positive feelings.
- Contributes to building a more resilient energy field, which helps repel other people’s energy.
- In combination with meditation, helps balance the chakras.
- Calms the emotions.
The Science Bit
Studies show, the Earth’s negative charge can help stabilize internal bioelectrical functions, which helps prevent disease and also offers pain relief.
We are electrical beings and our bodies produce positive charges, which are harmful in excess. The Earth’s abundant free electrons produce a negative charge which works in being counteractive.
According to scientific theory, when Earthing we absorb an abundance of negatively charged electrons which prove to have an immediate physiological impact. The electrons have the effect of being anti-inflammatory, antioxidative and beneficial to regulating to the body’s circadian rhythms.
An article published in ‘The Journal of Environmental and Public Health’ stated the many benefits of Earthing. Their research showed the following were improved by the act of regular Earthing:
- Immune system activity and response
- Chronic muscular and joint pain
- Energy levels
Researchers believe that most health benefits are derived from Earthing’s anti-inflammatory effect. By the premise that wherever there is illness there is also inflammation. Reducing inflammation will also reduce disease.
As long as we have a skin on earth connection, by walking, standing, sitting or lying on the ground (grass, earth or beach), it reconnects us with the Earth’s powerful energy. Easy to do in the summer, not so much in the cold and wet winter months.
If you find Earthing beneficial but cannot get outdoors during the winter, a grounding pad, which harnesses the benefits of Earth’s electrons, can be used.
If nothing else, Earthing will make you feel alive and refreshed and is great for staying ‘grounded’.
MBG mindbodygreen.com: The surprising benefits of going barefoot
Articles.mercola.com: Why walking barefoot may be an essential element for good health