Ten Ways to Ground Yourself in Nature

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Going barefoot and lying on the ground relaxes and restores our nervous system to its natural, optimal state. Gravity holds our bodies to the earth and grounds us with its negative magnetic electrical frequency of around 7.8 Hz. By connecting our bare feet with the earth, our bodies are recharged with healing "earth energy."

Grounding helps such health conditions as recovery from illness and injury, jet lag, exhaustion, inflammation, arthritis, weight issues, depression, chronic pain, and more. Time in nature is scientifically proven to rejuvenate our bodies, minds, and nervous systems. With our feet making contact with the earth, our bodies receive more health benefits. The ideal time to ground is at the end of the day for a good night's sleep. Grounding can be done in a park, backyard, garden, beach, forest, or anyplace with natural ground that is safe for bare feet. When going barefoot is not possible due to weather or otherwise, one can ground with trees.

AdobeStock 82814582 1Here we share 10 ways to ground. Allow yourself 30 minutes. Some of the activities below may not be suitable for you. Please use your discretion, know your body, and ground in places safe for bare feet. This is not medical advice.

1 – Ground
Stand on the earth. Feel the energetic charge from your legs, ankles, and feet compared to the feeling of the earth. Notice the difference. Stand until you feel stable. You may visualize your feet "rooted" in the earth and gently sway your body like a tree, noticing the gravity that connects your body to the earth.

2 – Mountain Pose and Breath
Standing with arms facing outwards, start a nasal inhalation and slowly raise your arms up until your hands meet over your head and your in-breath is complete. Hold the pose for a count of four, reach higher and feel your full length from your backside to your frontside. Raise yourself onto your toes. Then rotate the hands facing outward and slowly begin to exhale while lowering the arms and feet back to their starting position. Afterwards, the lungs should be totally empty, so the following inhale will fill the lungs with nature's fresh air. Do three times. Watch how to do this pose here.

3 – Move
Shake your legs and feet, then shake your arms and body. Loosen up like a rag doll. Then sway your body back and forth (standing or inverted) for some intuitive flow movement. Let your body and gravity take over the direction of the movement. Your body may feel heavy at first, but keep swaying until it becomes effortless. Motion shifts emotion and releases tension in the body.

4 – Notice
Find a nice spot on the ground or in a tree, get comfortable, and pay attention to your surroundings with your 5+ senses. Notice all of nature and its inhabitants. Let your mind be held by your senses and enjoy. As you look, notice what needs tending to.

AdobeStock 1481794045 – Yoga / Qigong
Yoga, qigong, and other movement practices connect your body with earth energy and are wonderful to practice outdoors.

6 – Conscious Breathing
Lie down on the earth, directly or over a thin cover, and rest. After a few minutes, do a full body stretch and scan. Notice the places where you feel any tension or pain. Bring your attention to those places and consciously breathe into them while releasing tension into the earth. As you breathe, feel the force of gravity on your body and breathe as if breathing in harmony with the earth itself.

7 – Mindful Walking / Slow Walking
Walk slowly and consciously of your steps, with optional synching of in and out breaths (3/4, 5/7, etc). Or, walk slowly and pause along your path to observe nature with your 5+ senses. Great for rainy weather!

AdobeStock 1342979908 – Work/Garden
Tend to the earth. Give yourself over a project where you stay low and connected to the ground. Gardening is excellent work. There's always something to do. You may make it a practice in mindfulness or in gratitude for farmers. Work for 20-30 minutes.

9 – Tatami Time
Lie down on the earth and take in the life around you. This is a time to fully unwind and reset your nervous system. Sky-gaze, daydream, meditate, watch insects, breathe, nap, etc. Feel free to do nothing but enjoy being with nature.

10 – Gratitude
Bring your body on the ground into child's pose with your head touching the earth. Let go and invite the earth beneath you to fully support your body as you allow gravity to take over.

By Julie Hall

Thanks to Kelsea Anderson for her contributions to this post.

More information about grounding/earthing:
https://www.drsinatra.com/boost-heart-health-through-grounding
http://www.electricsense.com/9616/earthing-grounding-science
http://www.chopra.com/articles/grounding-the-human-body-the-healing-benefits-of-earthing
http://www.criticalcactus.com/health-benefits-of-earthing-grounded-in-science


WC NW Julie HallJulie Hall is founder Shinrin-Yoku Walks. She is a certified Forest Therapy guide and budding yin yoga instructor based in Santa Barbara, California. With a background in European history, languages and film, Julie has been traveling and learning about the world for decades while holding roles such as corporate webmaster, photographer, and teaching English in Asia. Julie brings a reservoir of life experience to her role as a Forest Therapy guide and incorporates sensory awareness, stretching, sitting quietly, nature art, earthing, and other nature connection exercises in her walks.

 



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