With the sun pouring its golden rays over us and our surroundings in these summer months, it’s virtually impossible to avoid being anywhere but outside. Sometimes these rays invite us out so strongly that we’re swept up from our task at hand to venture outside, taking nothing but our enthusiasm to carry us away. That’s right, no shoes needed or even noticed to be lost. Through your feetpressing into the Earth with each step, whether it be grass, soil, stream, creek, boulders, roots or muck, you may have noticed a distinct energetic shift drape over and around you that tends to linger even after your outdoor funtivity has concluded. The sensation that has taken over your body is one that is so subtle that it could be missed yet so present that it is profound.
Earthing. The act of connecting with the earth. As stated in the book Earthing, “We humans, as all other living beings, are electrical creatures on an electrical planet, and the ground beneath us is more than something we just stand, walk, play, and build on. ” Such a simple truth, yet so simple that the act of actually connecting our body, touching the Earth with our skin, is often overlooked and under-appreciated. I invite you to reclaim your appreciation for it.
Earthing returns the body to its natural electrical stability and rhythm, brining the body into normal and even optimal health. What does that look like physiologically? Better functionality of our cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and immune systems. How does this look on the cellular level? Seventy trillion cells withinour body preform their specific tasks—absorbing nutrients and water—under direction from electrical fields. The more stable the cell is at the atomic level, the better the cell can perform its tasks and the better the body as a system functions. Ultimately, balance at the atomic level has a macro effect on the whole human body! Do you want some case studies? Earthing has been linked to doing away with or dramatically improving insomnia, chronic pain of multiple diseases and injuries, exhaustion, stress, anxiety, premature aging, and inflammation.
If you’re particularly inclined to sports and sports performance, it’s interesting to note that during the 2003, 2005 and 2007 Tour de France races, the American cycling team “Earthed” after each daily competition using a product called an earthing bed sheet. The cyclists reported better sleep, significantly less illness, essentially no tendonitis (inflammation of a tendon), dramatic recovery from the day’s racing, and faster healing of road rash.
Without further adieu, let your feet roam freely and ground you to the Earth’s healing properties!