Try EARTHING for Earth Day

Earthing, have you heard of it?

Maybe not in those terms, however, you most probably have experienced it many times in your life. It’s connecting your body to the earth, some call ‘grounding’ as well. You're feeling earth’s electrical field. In yoga we talk a lot about Prana ~ life force, our breath is our life force, without it we wouldn’t exist. In order to feel and be vibrant, we need to be in constant contact with our Earth’s energy to keep our human selves nimble in every capacity.

How is this possible you might ask?

The body is made up of mostly water and minerals, which is a great conductor of electricity (electrons). The earth's surface contains free electrons that we receive into our bodies when we make direct contact by walking BAREFOOT. This simple act of walking barefoot in the grass, taking a stroll on a sandy beach, exposing your whole being to the outdoors, feeling the sun on your skin (plus the best way to absorb vitamin D), breathing in fresh air, hearing sounds of nature. Are additional levels of earthing or (grounding) your body, mind and soul.

In order to receive the vibrational benefits of Earthing, you must be barefoot.

Think about it, how much earth connection do you feel walking on cement in stiff inflexible footwear? Nothing, because the materials in footwear usually have a substantial amount of rubber and plastic which are non-conductive. The same goes for floor surfaces made of plastic, wood**, laminate or asphalt, you won’t receive the electric charge. Have you noticed, how quickly you can become fatigued in an office space that is filled with man-made materials - from the flooring to lighting?

Try walking on a bunch of rocks near the shore of your favorite beach, you’d feel so much connection (plus, working your core and leg muscles for balance). Walking barefoot is also very healing for the mind, as it can really lift your spirits.

**If your wood floor is sits on plywood, plastic or vinyl the conductivity will be blocked.

Professor James Oschman, Ph.D., an internationally-renowned expert on energy medicine and author of compelling books on healing energy*, describes the experience as this: “Recently I attended a meeting on the East coast. One of my colleagues came in from the West coast. She had a bad case of jet lag. I told her to take her shoes and socks off and step outside on the grass for 15 minutes. When she came back in, she was completely transformed. Her jet lag was gone. That is how fast Earthing works. Anyone can try this. If you don’t feel well, for whatever reason, just make barefoot contact with the Earth for a few minutes and see what happens. Of course, if you have a medical problem, you should see a doctor. There is nothing that comes close to Earthing for quick relief. You can literally feel pain draining from your body the instant you touch the Earth.”

Can you imagine a day, two days or even three days of not going outside? Your whole physiology would start to weaken and slow down, plus you wouldn’t be in the best of moods either.

I’ll leave you with this to ponder on your Earthing journey:

Aristotle organized his lectures with his students (called “Peripatetics”) while walking the grounds of his Athens school.

“Nothing like a nighttime stroll to give you ideas,” said J.K. Rowling

“Neuroscientists have identified that the non-thinking ‘default state‘ of consciousness is key to creative thinking,” writes athlete and author Christopher Bergland.

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir

“I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil, — to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society.” Henry David Thoreau (his essay ‘Walking’)

So my question to you:

Don’t you feel better, have more energy after being (walking) outside?


*Books: Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis, The Resonance Effect: How Specific Microcurrent is Changing Medicine, Luminous Life: How the Science of Light Unlocks the Art of Living.

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