The Ancient Practice of Grounding

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It doesn’t take a healer or a yogi to know how good it feels to walk barefoot on grass or on the beach, feeling the warmth of the sun touching your skin. In these moments, you are ‘grounded’. Grounding is an ancient activity that spreads through various cultures, traditions and spiritual practices over hundreds of years. It is simply reconnecting our energies with the Earth. For the majority of history, we have had direct contact with the earth’s surface, but somewhere along the way, we have lost that sustained connection due to the modern world of technology, high rise buildings, and even shoes with insulated synthetic soles. And a constant influx of electromagnetic radiation (EMF) from our devices takes us further away.

Grounding isn’t a new discovery, but a rediscovery of what our ancestors knew would help them to heal. And it is still accessible to us. When we allow our body to connect with the Earth, we enhance our mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing and create a more sound, clear way of thinking.  Vitality, health, and wellness are benefits of allowing yourself to be grounded with the Earth.  It’s a great exercise, and best of all it’s free!

Benefits:

  • Calms nervous system
  • Protects from electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
  • Eases chronic pain and inflammation
  • Balances emotions, reduces stress and anxiety, boosts energy
  • Improves mental clarity and ability to make decisions

How to do Grounding:

  • Take off your shoes and walk on grass
  • Lie your entire body down in the grass—touching as much of your bare skin to the ground as possible
  • Go to the beach and walk in the sand barefoot – Salt (water) is very grounding and the waves have a very strong cleansing and replenishing energy.
  • The next time you’re trekking along a cobblestone street, remember that the uneven terrain is actually a boon to your fitness. The uneven surfaces of stone paths are commonly used for wellness as “reflexology paths,” although you can get the same beneficial effects from any uneven stone pathway.
  • Put your feet in a freshwater stream and turn your face towards the sun
  • Enjoy gardening, feeling the soil on your hands.
  • Breathe in deeply when you are in nature, and follow your breath as it travels into your nostrils and lungs and back out.
  • Spend at least 15-minutes in direct physical contact with nature, sit with your back against a tree
  • Have a salt bath, a mixture of sea salts, Epsom salts and Himalayan salts are a great combo. Add essential oils such as patchouli (be sure to dilute them with a carrier oil first). You can also add grounding crystals to your bath and fresh herbs instead of essential oils such as sage.

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Delna Mistry Anand teaches meditation for the modern mind, integrating techniques for 
mindfulness-based stress reduction, spiritual guidance and more. Using a combination of 
healing modalities along with traditional practices of meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques), she leads people to reconnect with their inner wisdom and bring about their own spiritual healing in a deep and profound way. Delna is a certified meditation teacher, sound healing practitioner, Reiki master, alternative healer and a gifted intuitive mentor. 

With a background in hospitality, Delna has worked in the fast paced PR industry in Dubai. She is a regular contributor for publications like Yoga Life Middle East, Masala! magazine and Khaleej Times’ Wknd. Delna is a volunteer at ‘Mawaheb For Beautiful People’, teaching meditation and stillness to adults with special needs. Delna is also a regular speaker at a local school, addressing various topics like body image, environment and the like.

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