About 12 in/30 cms below our feet is the Earth Star chakra, it connects our auric field to Mother Earth. When this connection is weak we can start to feel disconnected from the world and reality around us. This can manifest in a feeling of being unbalanced either in our daily habits or thought patterns and an increase in sleep disturbances. Being ungrounded can also make you more vulnerable to picking up others negativity. That is the Eastern metaphysical line.
Western science also has some evidence of the benefits of earthing, it is said that when there is a build up of free radicals in the body, low level inflammation can start to occur, resulting in muscular pain and an increased susceptibility to dis-ease. Earthing helps to neutralise these free radicals. Here is an article by Dr Briffa ~ http://www.drbriffa.com/…/earthing-important-discovery-or-…/
So how to do it....
There needs to be some moisture for conductivity of the energies, morning dew is probably the easiest for everyone to find, but paddling in a stream or the sea is great if you have access.
Bare feet are essential.
Using crystals will heighten this practice and the crystals associated with the Earth Star chakra are black in colour, such as Hematite, Black Tourmaline, Jet, Black Obsidian. All protecting and grounding crystals.
Place you feet apart (sitting or standing) and firstly spend some time imagining any negativity in the body draining out through the bottom of your feet to be absorbed by Mother Earth. When you feel you have discharged the negativity from your body, give thanks to Mother Earth for the cleansing. Now place your crystal between your feet and imagine an upward flow of energy coming from the central point of your Earth Star chakra into the bottom of your feet and connecting with your crystal. Imagine the connection between you, the crystal and the earth becoming stronger. Breathe and relax. When you feel energetically reconnected you can go dry your feet off :) your crystal is now charged with a positive energy that connects your personal vibration to the Earth's so you can keep it with you and hold it if you feel the need to ground yourself during the day. I am using a big lump of Black Tourmaline in the picture but a large tumble stone is just as good and can be taken with you. Use larger stones if you want to keep that energy in the house or office with you.