I’ve been aiming to get in lots of time in my backyard pool and lazy days reading in the shade this summer- which has been a success and OH SO wonderful. I’m also enjoying being immersed in Level 2 of School Of the Modern Mystic (aka: SoMM). I don’t know if I’ve shared anything about SoMM on here before, but last April (2014) I signed up for Level 1 with little to no idea what I was getting into. Continue reading
I found myself sitting on a bench in a mall in Brisbane, Australia, holding a pillow and waiting nervously for it to be 7:15. 20-something girls in stylish clothes were slowly lining up around me, waiting with their pillows as well. Finally, I was given a little sparkly sticker to put on my forehead (on my third eye), and was cleansed with sage smoke. I walked into the little yoga studio, sat down on my pillow and took a deep breath. I was finally going to meet a woman I feel like I have known for 3 years, but have never actually met before.
So I know last week I told you I was going to go waterfall climbing over the weekend, and I really did hope to go. But as the event drew nearer, I wasn’t so sure we were going to pull it off. The high for the day was supposed to be about 53 degrees Fahrenheit, and cloudy. The temperature was about 47 degrees when we needed to make the decision.
Hiking up a river (through the water) for and hour+ and climbing up waterfalls in those temps, was I going to be able to do this? I remembered those videos about hypothermia from science class…
I’m re-reading the 4-hour Workweek right now by Tim Ferris, one of my favorite books of all time. He mentioned something that made me stop and think- and I think it could really help you too. (Honestly, he has about a thousand life changing concepts in this book- do yourself a favor and check it out.)
He asks if we really, truly want to be happy. Is that really what we want in life? Is the idea of being happy motivating enough to use as our big goal in life? I’m not actually so sure anymore.
When was the last time you walked around barefoot outside? Is it something you do regularly?
I can honestly say that until a few year ago, my answer to those questions would have probably been I don’t know, and no.
I came across a blog post a few years back touting the benefits of connecting our bodies to the earth, known as “earthing” or “grounding.” It claimed that it helped people eliminate insomnia, lessen anxiety, reduce or eliminate pain, and generally improve their health.
The concept was very simple and made sense to me: For most of human history and still today in many parts of the world, humans were connected to the earth. They walked around all day barefoot, lived in mud floored buildings, and often even slept directly on the earth. They may have worn shoes, but likely leather ones which are somewhat conductive. But in our modern societies, most people wear rubber or plastic soled shoes all day-especially outside, sleep on elevated beds, and almost never physically touch the earth.
The problem is, our bodies are made up of energy. We are basically electrical entities, which are affected by all the electro-magnetic fields (EMFs) that surround us. Our homes are full of countless electronics and wiring and everywhere we go there are Wi-Fi and cell phone waves as well. The only way to stabilize our fields is to get GROUNDED.
Just like your cable TV, in order to get clear reception/good health and not have all these EMFs affecting you, you need to be connected to the earth.
So the big question: What happens when EMFs are affecting us?
And unfortunately it looks like cancer as well, based on recent studies
The good news? We can get cheap, easy and natural relief by grounding. I’m not claiming it will cure every disease (although it has done some pretty remarkable things in the trials they have done.) What it does seem to be able to do consistently is help people feel more energetic, sleep better, and relieve pain- even chronic pain from really challenging diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps to balance your nervous system and stress hormones like cortisol. And there’s nothing harmful about it, nor any bad side effects.
So how does grounding work? (I’ll keep this really simple because science was never my favorite subject, but I’m sure you can find more detailed explanations if you google around.) Our bodies are made up of primarily water, which makes us good conductors of energy. All these EMFs in our environment are causing us to be positively charged- which is what causes the oxidation (aka rusting) of our body. This leads to disease. That’s why we want to eat “Anti-oxidants” like blueberries to get healthy and prevent disease. Well nature’s BEST antioxidant is the earth. It’s negatively charged with electrons, so connecting to it allows our bodies to become balanced and stable- aka:grounded.
How do you get grounded? Here’s some of my favorite ways to ground and protect yourself from EMFs:
Go outside barefoot and walk around in the grass. How easy and free is that??
Walk barefoot at the beach and swim in the ocean. The water is a great conductor of electricity and full of those wonderful negatively charged electrons. Plus its fun 🙂
When you can’t be outside because of work or weather: Try a grounding mat or sheet. I use this universal mat when sitting at the computer, watching TV, reading books, etc. It can be GREAT to sleep on as well. It works by plugging in to the bottom hole of your electrical outlet (the grounded one), then the wire is connected to a mat that you put on or under your body.
My experience with grounding so far:
I decided to ask for a grounding mat for Christmas a few years back when I heard how much they help insomnia. I remember my little black mat being passed around at our family Christmas, everyone wanted to feel “the tingling feeling” and even the family dog kept making her way over and laying down on it. I used it regularly but for some reason I have a different result from it than most people.
Most people lie down on these mats and almost instantly fall asleep, waking up feeling rested. My body on the other hand finds these things super energizing so it did not work to sleep on it. However- I’ve been dealing with adrenal fatigue for years now and tend to wake up tired even when I do sleep 8 hours. But when I spend even 15 minutes on my grounding mat, I begin to feel so energetic! Not in a wired- I had too much coffee kind of way- but in a calm, focused, pleasant sort of way. It makes a massive difference when I am feeling drained in the afternoon if I can just lay down with my mat for 20 minutes and read a book or meditate. I try to get an hour or more in each day and with summer coming I have already started my barefoot walks around the park.
***And if you are wondering about adrenal fatigue, I am beginning a new type of treatment next week so I may be writing more about that soon! I’m so ready to have normal energy levels again.***
Have you ever noticed now good you feel after a barefoot walk? I challenge you to try a barefoot walk this weekend and really notice how it makes you feel. You can also sit outside and read a book with your feet in the grass. How lovely does that sound? Birds singing, sun shining…. What are you waiting for??