“We are all connected; to each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically.
To the rest of the universe, atomically.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson
There is something about being connected to the Earth. There really is an energy. I’ve never been a barefoot kind of girl growing up. I remember the times I would go barefoot as a child, my feet were either too sensitive or I was always stubbing my toe. But there is just something magical about wiggling your toes in the hot sand (as long as it’s not too hot!) or standing where the sand is wet with ocean waves and feeling the sand squish between my toes. Or lying down in the grass and watching the clouds pass by overhead (before fire ants). Next time you have a chance to connect with the Earth, gauge your feelings before and after. The surface of the Earth resonates with natural, subtle energies.
In his essay titled “Nature”, Ralph Waldo Emerson lays out a problem that he attempts to solve throughout the essay: that humans do not fully accept nature’s beauty and all that it has to offer. According to Emerson, people are distracted by the world around them; nature gives back to humans, but humans don’t reciprocate the favor. Sound familiar? It sure does to me. In this crazy mixed up world of today, it seems that so many people are expressing their desire to get back to nature but not following through on that desire.
Clearly, a person must allow nature to “take him away.” Nature and humans must create a reciprocal relationship, “Nature, in its ministry to man, is only the material, but is also the process and the result. All the parts incessantly work into each other’s hands for the profit of man. The wind sows the seed; the sun evaporates the sea; the wind blows the vapor to the field; the ice, on the other side of the planet, condenses rain on this; the rain feeds the plant; the plant feeds the animal. . .”, etc. Nature and humans need each other to be beneficial.
There is ongoing scientific research as to why people feel better when they connect with nature. Studies have shown that since the late 20th century, chronic degenerative diseases have overcome infectious disease as the major causes of death in the 21st century. So science is looking for an intervention that inhibits the development of these diseases and slows their progress.
Could such an intervention be located right beneath our feet? Earthing research, observations, and related theories raise an intriguing possibility about the Earth’s surface electrons as an untapped health resource—the Earth as a “global treatment table.” Emerging evidence shows that contact with the Earth may be a simple, natural, and yet profoundly effective environmental strategy against chronic stress, inflammation, pain, poor sleep, and many common health disorders, including cardiovascular disease. The research done to date supports the concept that grounding or Earthing the human body may be an essential element in the health equation along with sunshine, clean air and water, nutritious food, and physical activity.
There are so many ways to commune with nature. My parents used to like to vacation by spending in Florida on the beach in the early 50’s. Sixty years later, I find myself enjoying the same thing. The sand, the surf, the wind, the sun during the day and the stars and moon at night. My battery is running down. I feel it’s past time to go out there and rejuvenate myself!