By Nidhi Amanda Chaitow

There is a song that I have been singing for years:

“Earth my body, Water my blood, Air my breath, Fire my spirit” – Have a listen here

This has inspired a four blog series on Elemental Wisdom.

Part 1 – Earth my body

Take a moment, breathe in and feel your feet firmly planted on the ground.  Under your feet is the earth.  The earth is the giver of life. She sustains all of life.  And we are Earth.  Both the human body and the planet Earth have several connected systems that support life. The respiratory, digestive, reproductive, musculoskeletal, nervous, and immune systems are integral in human life. Earth’s stability relies on the balance of its air, water, land, and life systems.

When you are grounded and feel connected to Mother Earth, you feel stable and strong.  Grounding, which is sometimes called earthing, is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or energetically reconnect you to the earth. In earthing science and grounding physics they prove that electrical charges from the earth have positive effects on your body.

Recent scientific research has explored grounding to treat inflammation, cardiovascular disease, muscle damage, chronic pain, and mood well-being. Grounding simply allows you to come into your body.  Together with your breath, it brings you into calmness and creates space for you to find peace. Once you are calm and feel peaceful, life is more manageable, and you can show up for yourself and others in a more integrated and balanced way.  

There are many types of grounding and each type focuses on reconnecting yourself to the earth. This can be done through either direct or indirect contact with the earth.

Here are three easily accessible grounding practices:

  • Walking barefoot

Have you ever been outside on a warm summer day and felt the urge to run barefoot in the grass? Or to squelch your toes into the mud after it rained?

One of the easiest ways to ground yourself to the earth is to walk barefoot. Whether you walk on the grass, sand, or even mud, allowing your skin to touch the natural ground provides you with grounding energy.

  • Lying on the earth

Your skin-to-earth contact is increased by lying on the earth. You can do it in your garden, on the grass at your local park, on the sand at the beach or in a beautiful, gentle forest.

  • Submerging yourself in water

Many advocates for grounding (or earthing) suggest that water can be used to ground in the same way as the earth. It is suggested that by simply wading in a clear lake or swimming in the ocean, you are grounding yourself. These activities happen in nature and are part of the earth.

No matter how you decide to connect your body with the earth and feel the sacredness of the connection, the action of grounding (or earthing) will bring you into a deeper calm relationship with your body. Remember, you are Earth.

Be always blessed,

Nidhi-Amanda, Life and Death Doula

About the Author

Nidhi is a Certified Therapeutic Counsellor and Life Coach, inspired to awaken you into honouring your own unique rhythm, finding meaning and balance in your life and showing up spiritually, mentally, emotionally, relationally and physically. Through Love, Healing and Transformation.
“It is my honour to facilitate my clients to work through their mud and heal where they have let themselves down. We do this together on a gentle journey to understanding the past, honouring the present and envisioning an empowered future.”

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