EARTHING: The Power of Grounding

For several days this past week I have been taking my dog Samantha down by the lake in Toronto, removing my boots and socks and romping barefoot in the frosty wet grass for a  half an hour. By the time we are done I am relaxed, energized and my feet cuddle into the grass, absorbing a delicious, radiant heat through the soles, even while my fingers are cold inside their gloves.  I stand there soaking it in until Samantha shivers and sniffs longingly toward home. 

Did you know that our Earth is the source of powerful electrical energy that is essential to our well being and can bring back balance to our bodies, addressing a vast range of issues including back problems, sleep apnea, stress, arthritic pain and more?  When plastics came to popular use in the forties and fifties, the first place we put them was on the soles of our shoes, cutting off our connection from this vital life source. We may not even know how much we have been missing, but the solution can be as simple as taking off our shoes. GROUNDED is a fascinating documentary that details how this discovery changed the life of one man, and revolutionized the wellness of an entire town in Alaska.

After watching this film and trying the experience for myself, my question was, how can I keep enjoying these benefits all winter?  Setting up a grounding pad inside sounds great, but there is nothing like touching the Earth itself. So I’m planning on trying “snow walking” this winter, wearing two layers of wool socks.  Wool is a fine conductor, and apparently keeps the immediate chill off your skin.  I’ll let you know.

Another alternative is to keep your boots on but place a bare hand on the trunk of a tree. Wearing woolen mittens or leather gloves works too, but no synthetics. My experience so far is that trees emanate their own kind of charge, also beautiful and powerful, though quite different from what I get from grass and soil. It will be interesting how the neighbours will view my new interest; there goes that woman again, the one who slides around in the snow with socks on and occasionally cuddles trees.  My feet can’t wait for spring.

love Adi

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