Recently, I went to have lunch with my aunt, first visiting her fancy new office in a brand new building in a swanky, up-and-coming part of town.
When I stepped into the elevator and pressed “4,” I had one single thought: “I’m in the concrete jungle.”
The new workspace for entrepreneurs is more than cool… part of me craved to have my own office there for my design business and part of me cringed at being so high off the ground, disconnected from the natural world below. As a person who hasn’t worked much in the corporate America setting, the experience got me thinking…
Is this healthy? How does this situation affect peoples’ bodies?
My office is inside my home and I step outside multiple times per day to either go running, go to yoga, or play outside with my son in the grass… barefoot.
Being in nature has always been a powerful cure-all for me, especially when I kick my shoes off and connect directly with the Earth.
This whole experience led me to a bit of research. Out of concern for people in corporate America and curiosity about my own experience, I found out about this thing called “earthing,” a scientific term for grounding. If you know me, you know this is right up my alley. I’m always talking about grounding and staying grounded on an energetic level. Turns out there’s a ton of information out there about the science behind staying “grounded.”
What is Earthing?
Apparently, existing all over the planet is a highly beneficial and often overlooked global resource for health maintenance, disease prevention, and clinical therapy… something you can tap into pretty much wherever you are.
Globally (except in super dry areas like deserts), the Earth’s surface is electrically conductive, containing a limitless and continuously renewed supply of free electrons. Evidence suggests that the Earth’s negative potential creates a stable internal environment for the normal functioning of all body systems.
Earthing refers to contact with the Earth’s surface electrons by walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems (some patented) that transfer the energy from the ground to the body.
Throughout history, people walked barefoot or on animal skins and slept on the ground or skins – every part of their body could equilibrate with the electrical potential of the Earth – stabilizing all internal physical systems (made up of organs, tissues, and cells).
Modern lifestyle has increasingly separated us from the primidorial flow of Earth’s electrons. Our shoes and sleeping situations nowadays also block us from receiving this potent balance from our Earth.
Could this be part of the reason chronic illness, immune disorders, and inflammatory diseases have been on the rise in recent decades?
Recent scientific research supports the concept that the Earth’s electrons induce multiple physiological changes including reduced pain, better sleep, a shift from sympathetic to parasympathetic tone in the autonomic nervous system, and a blood thinning effect.
All factors considered, finding your own balance is key. And it all starts with awareness. So if you work on the fourth floor of an office building or spend most of your day hunched over a computer screen, maybe stick your feet in the grass when you get home and make it part of your routine. The importance of this for our health is now obvious!