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Morning Rituals: Experience the Healing Power of Grounding

One of the goals of Morning Human is to look past some of the obvious components of a morning routine – like meditation, yoga, etc. – and explore practices that have the power to connect you to your more human self in new and different ways. As human beings, we’re a part of the natural world, so rituals and practices that incorporate nature should have some positive effect on us, right? Right.

But even though I believe this, when I heard of grounding, I was still super skeptical. I’m supposed to…touch the grass? To get Earth Energy? Okaaaay. At first, it sounded kind of sketchy, but then I decided to get curious and dive into a little research. In this blog post, we’ll explore the science and benefits of grounding and provide you with practical tips to incorporate this healing practice into your morning routine. So, let’s get to it!

First Things First: What the Heck is Grounding?

Grounding, also known as earthing, is a simple yet powerful practice that involves connecting with the Earth’s natural energy to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. At its core, grounding is the act of making direct physical contact with the Earth’s surface using your bare skin, such as your feet, hands, or body. This practice is deeply rooted in historical and cultural contexts, with ancient civilizations recognizing the therapeutic benefits of connecting with the Earth.

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One of the most remarkable benefits of grounding is its ability to reduce stress. By connecting with the Earth’s energy, you may be able to regulate cortisol levels, your body’s primary stress hormone. Lower cortisol levels translate to reduced stress and enhanced overall well-being.

Science, Please!

Grounding isn’t just a mystical concept; it’s rooted in science too. Here’s the theory in a nutshell: Our modern lives expose us to various electromagnetic fields, which can disrupt our body’s electrical balance. Grounding helps neutralize these disruptions and offers a range of physiological benefits, from reducing inflammation to improving sleep quality.

Over the past 20+ years, scientists have conducted research studies on grounding, and the results suggest numerous health benefits. Some of these benefits may include improving chronic pain, sleep, stress, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, bones, skin, aging, and many more. For example, studies have shown that grounding can reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is often at the root of many chronic diseases, so anything that helps combat it is a big win for your health. When you connect with the Earth, it’s like hitting the reset button for your body’s inflammation levels.

Bearing all this in mind, I still think it’s probably better to focus less on the possible physical health benefits of grounding and tune in to the definite mental health benefits of grounding. After all, spending time in nature is proven to reduce stress, foster creativity, and improve your mood. What better way to start your morning? 

How to Practice Grounding

There are a lot of different ways to practice grounding, from hiking barefoot to sleeping on specialized grounding mats, but let’s look at the simplest way to incorporate this into a morning ritual: 10 minutes of contact with Mother Earth. Here’s how to get started. 

Find the Right Location
To experience the full benefits of grounding, you need to find the right location. Whether you prefer the great outdoors or the comfort of your own home turf, find a natural space where there’s nothing between you and the earth. For those who live in urban areas, finding a quiet park or green space can be a perfect spot. If you’re a nature enthusiast, the wilderness might be your go-to. But remember, even your own backyard or a patch of grass at the local park can do the trick.

Getting Up Close and Personal
The key to grounding is direct contact with the earth. You want to eliminate any barriers between you and the ground. When the weather is nice, the easiest way to do this is to stand barefoot in the grass. Want to sit for a bit? Make sure you’re wearing natural fibers like cotton and linen and choose a cotton blanket to sit on over a rubber mat. 

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Too cold to kick off your shoes? Make friends with a nearby tree. If the tree bark is thin, you can simply press your hands against the trunk. If the bark is thicker, look for moss on the bark or touch some of the leaves or thinner branches. The idea is to get as close to the tree’s circulation system – the vascular cambium, which carries the ground connection up to the leaves – as possible so the natural energy flows through you as well. 

If this sounds a little bit kooky, read The Overstory by Richard Powers, and I swear you will never look at a tree the same way again!

Add Grounding to Your Current Morning Ritual

While 10 minutes of dedicated touch time with Mother Earth is a great morning ritual of its own, grounding can also be a way to enhance rituals you’re already practicing. Here are a few ideas:

  • If you go for a morning walk, stop for a nature break, and commune with a tree or kick off your kicks and walk through the grass for a bit. 
  • Are you a meditator or yogi? Take your morning practice outside and sit on a patch of grass or a warm rock.  
  • Do you spend time gardening in the morning? Remove your gloves for a bit and dig your hands into the soil as you work. 

The idea is to get in touch (literally!) with the natural world, so get creative and see what you can come up with. Starting with just 10 minutes of grounding in the morning can make a difference in your day. Over time, you might find that you naturally want to spend more time in this practice because of how good it makes you feel.

Be Present for the Benefits of Grounding

As with most morning rituals, the key to grounding is truly being present. If you stand in the grass looking at your watch for 10 minutes, it’s not likely you’ll feel better when the timer’s up. Take the opportunity to really soak up the experience. Try taking deep cleansing breaths as you ground, or mentally describe all the qualities of the grass or tree you’re touching. The color, the smell, the texture…no detail is too small. It’s this kind of attention and intention that can turn grounding into a powerful tool to help you to start each day with clarity, calmness, and a sense of purpose.

Does it Really Work?

The short answer is, I don’t know. I tried grounding for a couple of weeks, and I was not measuring my blood pressure or inflammation levels while I did it. And I’ll admit that for the first few days, I felt a little silly. But after a week or so, I really started to enjoy these moments in nature. I started to notice the wonder that infuses the natural world and appreciate all the plants and creatures I shared it with. It also made some of my problems seem smaller. If grass can figure out how to regrow after a harsh winter, I can figure out how to get through my 2 pm meeting. 

Still skeptical? I get it; I do! But imagine waking up, stepping outside, and feeling the energy of the Earth flow through you, grounding you in the present moment. It’s like nature’s way of giving you a fresh start every morning. Worst case scenario you get a little dirt on your feet and decide to try another morning ritual.

If you give it a shot, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear about your experience!

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