“Earth’s crammed with heaven…
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
Our topic for 1000 Voices for Compassion (http://1000voicesspeak.org/) this month is Nurturing. In honor of Earth Day coming up this week on April 22nd, I’ve decided to write something about our beautiful blue planet that I believe far too few of us know.
Have you ever noticed your body naturally craving the feeling of getting your feet in the sand? Or how when you’re feeling agitated, unnerved or confused, your instinct at times is to go for a walk? You body is subconsciously trying to nurture itself through the earth.
You’re trying to get grounded. Literally.
The terms, “down to earth” or “being really grounded” are literal. We use them to describe someone with a good sense of direction, who makes good decisions, has a clear future and a calm demeanor. We wouldn’t refer to someone flaky, indecisive, irrational or dramatic in this fashion. But it didn’t start out as a metaphorical term.
So what is being grounded, or grounding?
It means that someone is energetically more connected to their body and to the earth. You’ll notice that the demeanor of those who are grounded is one of someone who is naturally present. They’re relaxed, aware, calm, in control of their emotions.
When we connect to the earth, literally, through our feet, we are absorbing the earths electrons into our own skin. Think of the earth’s surface as its skin. When we touch the earth through “skin-to-skin” contact, we are “grounding”, or what is also sometimes referred to as “earthing”.
The process of absorbing the earths electrons is healthy for a whole host of reasons (among them heart health, stress reduction and a reduction in inflammation), least of which being that it puts us back in touch with nature, from where we came. Many believe that a lack of grounding is one very large missing component in our quest to become healthier. (This is a great article that beautifully explains the science behind grounding http://bit.ly/1ivAhat from www.mercola.com).
If you’ll look at the earth as something we are “of” and not “living on”, you’ll recognize it as more than just dirt, water, trees, air and animals here to sustain human life. Take a look at this fascinating video produced by NASA in 2005, and you’ll see how alive our entire planet really is.
And, if you’re at all like me, and love the sensation of “feeling small”, or feeling connected to all of our earthly inhabitants, and would like more information on the importance of the earth to the human species, check out this link:
The Human Race Needs These 6 Animals To Survive, And Most People Don’t Even Know It. ViralNova, August 2014
For another great article on the health benefits and importance of grounding, read this article on 3 Reasons Why You Need to Reconnect with the Earth, from Mind Body Green, published in February 2012.
In honor of Earth Day this week, I encourage you to get outside and sink your feet in the dirt. Your body will thank you for it.
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden