Kick Off Your Shoes

“Our feet are our body’s connection to the Earth” ~ Andrew Weil

Earthing

~ n.  The process of absorbing earths free

flowing electrons from it’s surface

through the soles of ones feet.

Er, what? What is Earthing?

Well, earthing, also known as grounding, is the physical contact of any part of your bare body with the Earth. When you do this, your body takes in the free flowing electrons coming directly from the Earth’s surface. These are pure, free antioxidants for you!

Simply walking barefoot on grass or lying on the sand on the beach for about 30 minutes daily, is all it takes. You can even hug a tree! (Albeit a long 30 minutes).

According to the book, Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?:

Practically no one has the slightest notion of an electrical energetic connection between his or her body and the Earth… Our bare feet, with their rich network of nerve endings, rarely touch the ground… Most of us in the modern, industrialized world live disconnected from the Earth’s surface. Although it is not something you probably have ever thought about, you may be suffering needlessly from this disconnect.

”Grounding is a key mechanism by which your body maintains health.”, as described and shown in the video, Earthing: Documentary

“The human immune system evolved over millions of years. During this time great span of time we lived mostly in barefoot contact with the earth.” ~ Clinton Ober

There’s some interesting before and after thermal images showing the effects of earthing. And research shows that grounding can improve your blood pressure, reduce cortisol, help with sleep problems, and reduce overall inflammation, and the chronic issues caused by inflammation.

“The earth itself is the original anti-inflammatory. And, the planet itself is the biggest electron donor on the planet.” ~ Martin Zucker

Ancient healers believed the Earth’s energy could be very easily absorbed through the soles of our feet. And, all you have to do is walk barefoot outdoors! And, it’s FREE!

Some of us NEVER come into direct contact with the surface of the Earth, EVER! Why not? Well, take a look a the things that prevent us from connecting with the energy of the Earth…

  • Shoes ~ Most shoes have rubber or plastic soles. “The common shoe is possibly the world’s most dangerous invention.” ~ David Wolfe
  • Planes, trains, and automobiles ~ We now average over 100 hours a year sitting in our cars, commuting daily.
  • Flooring ~ We live on hardwood floors, painted or carpeted concrete, and asphalt and plastic.
  • Beds ~ We’re not cave dwelling anymore….. our beds are on platforms with pillow-top mattresses.

Our modern technology has given us much more comfort, but at the price of the Earth’s connection!

So, what’s the solution?

KEEP CALM AND GO BAREFOOT

How to get grounded and stay connected:

Go for a walk barefoot.  Walk on the grass, dirt, or sand. Even concrete (unsealed) and brick will allow you to connect to the energy of the Earth. See if you can do it a few times a day. Any amount of time is good. But more really is better in this case!

Take a nap on the beach or lawn.  Lie down on the grass or the sand, or sit in a chair and let your bare feet rest firmly on the earth.

Take a plunge in the ocean. Swim or stand in the ocean. It is the greatest conductor of Earth’ s energy because of its mineral-rich salt content. Fresh water is good too, but not as great as the ocean.

No beach, no lawn, no tree? … or … “Are you kidding me? It’s winter outside!” No problem, “Indoor Earthing” is the answer.  Just find a grounded outlet in your home and you can plug into the Earth’s energy. Watch the short video on the home page of Earthing.com and check out their Earthing mats and sheets as well as throws, computer mouse pads and floor mats, to name a few. Use these for you and your pets.

Unfortunately, you can’t take your blankie with you everywhere you go! So, check out the Earthing shoes from Juil. They have flip-flops and shoes and boots with copper dots inside….five dots for each toe, and one for your heel to connect you to the Earth wherever you go.

Why not try it? See if you don’t feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Perhaps you can add it to the list of things from last week for an improved night’s sleep.

Toes And Heels Together (Firmly On The Ground)

“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 Have you touched the Earth today?

This article was contributed by Jane Hill – fierce Bikram Yogi, lover of all things natural, and my best yoga buddy. Look for more articles by Jane in the Off the Mat Chats section of Views From the Podium coming soon!

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