The best surface for being grounded is when you are walking barefoot on the sand. As a child, I would go on holiday with my parents to the seaside and would return to the metropolis much refreshed and rejuvenated. It was not just from feeling the benefits of breathing the sea air and the break from the monotony of everyday life. Walking barefoot was an important component. There is also the symbolic gesture of freeing the feet from the daily constrictions of conventional formal footwear.
To counter the increasingly stressful pace of life to which we are subjected, we need to take regular breaks to survive and flourish. If it is not practical because of work schedule to get away for a sustained period, we can still take a “mini-holiday.” A break of 20 minutes, if that is all that is available, can be most restorative. Perhaps find a grassy space, remove the shoes and even combine this time with a meditation, as described in a previous blog.
For this exercise, it may seem obvious that the closer that you are to the ground the better because of the earth connection. If you are not close to a beach then try to find a grassy space. That would be even better if it is dew covered, as in the early morning, because that increases the connection with the Earth. We are looking for what makes a good conductor of electricity so that there can be a free flow of electrons.
Further down the list is walking on concrete, so long as it has not been painted. The paint would not allow electrons to flow freely. For the same reason, asphalt, or wood do not allow the passage of electricity. I think by now that you will have an understanding of the best surfaces for forming a grounding connection.
Changing the subject only slightly, over the summer I have been experimenting wearing a minimalist sort of shoe with very little arch support. Before this, because of slightly flat feet, I had been wearing shoes with all sorts of padding. The theory of those proponents of barefoot walking is that if we continually wear shoes with protective support, then the feet become lazy. I will report to date that the knee pain that I had experienced for the past three years has almost disappeared. I am not advocating throwing out your orthotics but am merely recording an anecdotal story. I will keep you up to date on how this develops.