The Value of Grounding.
How good does the ground feel on your bare feet?
I took this photo when visiting the Crystal Castle as part of my June wellness trip in 2021. I jumped at the chance to let my feet breathe and walk on this uneven stone surface, massaging the soles of my feet and associated reflex zones while mindfully circling the massive rose quartz crystal placed in the middle of the area.
It was a perfect opportunity to combine two very powerful grounding practices – focusing on the feet and being present in the body while being literally connected to the Earth.
Life can be oh so amazing and by the same token, demanding and busy. We tend to have (or put!) plenty on our plates and in this current environment, it can be extra challenging to cope and deal with what is in front of us. Without question, there is a lot going on in the world and our immediate surroundings - these external factors coupled with the reactions of those around us, can bring our internal landscape into disarray, derail and destabilise us.
Based on my personal experience and through working with clients in my clinic, I find that becoming ungrounded may either be a direct result of the stressors and/or can further exasperate them, unravelling us even further. Grounding forms a regular part of kinesiology treatments, highlighting the importance of staying grounded.
In my view, grounding practices are a key component to our wellbeing, keeping us aligned and integrated so we can function as effectively as possible.
Everyone may experience this a little differently; when we are ungrounded, we may:
- Feel “top-heavy” with a lot of energy being locked up in our head
- Experience excessive mental activity with seemingly never-ending swirling or erratic thoughts
- Feel scattered and all over the place
- Feel foggy and unclear to the point of spaced out
- Have trouble focusing, concentrating or making decisions
- Get more easily overwhelmed than usual and/or start feeling unsettled or anxious
- Feel drained and exhausted as it takes a lot of energy to function.
Naturally there can be many reasons why we might be feeling like this yet I found that grounding can be the first step to improving these states of being, helping us to re-centre and re-balance. When we consciously connect to our feet and the ground, excess energy can be drawn from our head down into the earth, anchoring us.
When grounded, we usually feel more solid and stable with the ability to draw on our full faculties, so we can manage life, situations and stresses with more clarity and ease.
How to ground?
Grounding ourselves on a daily basis, multiple times a day as required, doesn’t have to take long and is a simple yet powerful way to return to the now moment, to connect with yourself, your breath and settling your energies.
I suggest to clients to incorporate grounding into their morning routine, either before they get up or as they get up, so it becomes second nature. There is no right or wrong way of doing this, the below is only a guide. I encourage you to experiment to see what feels good for you and find your unique way of grounding yourself.
Here’s how I teach my clients and how I ground myself – you can do this lying in bed, seated or standing up; personally I find it easier when I literally stand on my feet (this works also with socks/ shoes on).
- Close your eyes, take a few conscious breaths
- In your mind’s eye visualise yourself in a nature scenery where you feel relaxed, calm and grounded – this could be by the beach, in a forest, near a water fall or lake or in a rural setting; it could also be an activity that fulfills you e.g. I had clients visualise themselves surfing or doing yoga
- Whichever space you choose to visualise yourself in, ensure you are concentrating on where your feet are i.e. visualise connecting them with the ground, imagine touching the sand, leaves, soil, moss, water, pebbles etc with your feet
- As you feel the ground beneath you, stay attuned to the rhythm of your breath, deepening your breath for a few rounds
- As you inhale, try to imagine your breath coming literally from the earth, drawing it up through your feet, legs, into your upper body and head
- As you exhale, release your breath down the same visual route, via your legs through your feet into the earth
- It’s like seeing your breath as a symbolic energy wave, cleansing you and at the same time, grounding and anchoring you
- If you find it tricky to concentrate on a particular vision and thoughts disrupt, try repeating a mantra to keep you focused such as “I am grounded.”
- Do this for a few minutes or as long as it feels good, extend and/or repeat as required; you could finish up with an affirmation and/or setting an intention for the day.
As you get more practised, you will be able to do this rather quickly and bring yourself instantly to your grounding space – mentally, emotionally and physically. This can be a handy tool when situations may surprise you, you get exhausted or overwhelmed, or prior to managing a challenging task or conversation.
There is another effective method of grounding yourself - earthing as it is scientifically referred to. Earthing means to stand or walk bare feet on sand, leaves, stones or even concrete, thus making literal contact with the Earth’s surface and therefore tapping into its free and vast supply of electrons.
The Earth’s natural occurring electric charge positively effects the body and its systems; it provides physiological stability and, as shown in several studies, can reduce inflammation, pain, stress, sleep problems and increase blood flow (to name a few benefits), overall leading to improved wellness.
How magical is it to wander around with bare feet? Besides it being a wonderful grounding experience, for me it also brings up fond childhood memories, inspiring lightness, fun and a sense of freedom.
My recommendation and practical application on a personal level, is a two-way approach which beautifully aligns with what Kinesiology is all about: a holistic approach, blending Eastern philosophies with Western science:
- Ground yourself daily - by tuning into a grounding vision of your choice, connecting with yourself, your breath, your feet and your body – you can do this at anytime, anywhere
- Earth yourself as time and circumstances allow - by making direct contact with the earth’s surface; stand or walk bare feet as often as possible with a conscious awareness and openness to welcoming the Earth’s natural source of electrons into your body.
As always, listen to your body and observe whether this is beneficial for you - everyone has different needs and if in doubt, conduct further research or consult with your healthcare professional.
Happy Grounding and Earthing,