Grounding: Personal Experience and the Science Behind “Walking in the Grass”

Root Chakra imbalance. Jet lag. A panic attack. What do these experiences have in common? They each show through a lack of being grounded, unstable emotions, blurred awareness. Have you experienced any of these? If so, you are not alone. I too, have experienced these imbalances.

You may be thinking, how can someone who practices yoga and meditation, a calm person filled with positive energy experience these types of disconnects and imbalances? The season changes, career changes, relationship changes, time zone changes all bring about certain exchanges of energy. Even through the practice of prayer, meditation and mindfulness, and awareness of emotions, the strong pull of the changing energy is overwhelming. And I breakdown. It’s through these breakdowns, I become stronger, more grounded in my faith, and create more awareness in my emotional stability.

The physical practice of grounding is touching the earth and feeling that connection to the earth is called earthing. This connection allows you to be fully present with your body and recharges your electrical system. This practices allows you to recharge your energy, to calm your emotions, clear your mind, and strengthen your overall awareness.

Allow me to share three personal experiences of how “walking on the grass” has helped me re-connect and re-establish a sense of calmness, comfort, and connectedness.

ROOT CHAKRA & THE POWER OF WALKING IN THE GRASS

This past spring was a season of change…specifically with my career and relationships. During a private sound healing session, my teacher mentioned I had a disconnect in my root chakra. An imbalance in the root chakra signifies a disconnect between family and friends. I sought guidance through a Spiritual Coach who, through several therapy sessions, has guided me through affirmations and meditations. These two mentors also encouraged me to connect with nature. I was lacking connection and mental clarity. Admitting I needed help was the hardest part. I thought I was strong enough to handle it on my own. I began to take walks in the grass. It was after these walks, I felt more alive and calmer in my decision making. Walking barefoot also has added benefit of massaging acupuncture points in your feet like in reflexology.

The authors of Earthing explain:

Earthing naturally protects the body’s delicate bioelectrical circuitry against static electrical charges and interference. Most importantly, it facilitates the reception of free electrons and the stabilizing electrical signals and energy of the Earth. Earthing remedies an electrical instability and electron deficiency you never knew you had. It refills and recharges your body with something you never knew you were missing … or needed.

JET LAG & HOW I ADJUST

My second experience is jet lag. Jet lag is a sleep disorder caused by a change/travel between time zones. Being up in the air and crossing time zones has a crazy impact on my body’s orientation. To combat my sleepiness and to re-orient my body to the present time zone, I have a routine of going to bed early, exercising, and walking around in the grass barefoot (I wish Nebraska had beaches!) . I also allow myself time to adjust by just being still in my new environment, knowing it’s normal to feel lethargic and irritable. Earthing has played a significant part in the transition process.

PANIC ATTACKS & COMING BACK TO CALMNESS

The final experience that I used grounding to help me de-stress and lower blood pressure was during a recent panic attack. At first I didn’t know what was happening (it was the most out of body experience). I began to sweat and grip the car seat, I had trouble breathing and I couldn’t think clearly. I was shaking. The events earlier in the day were just too much to handle and I felt trapped in my thoughts, I couldn’t express how the feeling began. All I knew was I needed to just sit in the grass. That’s all I could connect with that would solve the attack. My energy levels had hit rock bottom, combined with jet lag and grief. I couldn’t remain composed any longer.

Once I was able to get to the grass, I felt so silly saying that I needed to walk in the grass, but the instant calm, the grounding, the focus, the clarity that washed over me, I knew it was what I needed. Sometimes more medical attention is needed for a panic attack- but this is just my personal experience. My body knew what I needed somehow in my mental instability I was able to process that it was an energetic imbalance.

So how does “walking in the grass” help us reconnect and re-establish a grounding in our body, our mind, and spirit? According to the Chopra Center, “You have lost your electrical roots, so to speak. You’re disconnected, and this disconnection may be a seriously overlooked cause of human pain and discomfort and the steeply rising incidence of chronic illness worldwide.” Grounding or earthing can help decrease levels of pain and inflammation, reduce stress levels, and improve circulation.

How can you ground yourself to the Earth? From my personal experience, walking barefoot in the grass or on concrete barefoot for even just 15 minutes a day can significantly help create more mind-body connection and provide a sense of calm. Other ways to ground, include walking barefoot on a sandy beach, or in a forest.

This past week has been a whirlwind of jet lag, change, grief and emotion, but when these feelings start to trigger discomfort, I know that reconnecting with the earth will help soothe the pain and discomfort.

Have you tried grounding? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

Namaste,

Megan

Interested in a career in health and wellness? Check out my alma mater, Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

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