|Kodak standing with me, grounding. Max was nearby, but more interested in getting us to come and play!|
Recently I have been introduced to something called grounding. Grounding is simple. You walk outside, onto bare ground (grass or dirt) and stand for 15 - 30 min a day. I am told it's suppose to help calm your insides with the earth's energy. At first I thought it was really weird, but was willing to try it since all I had to do was stand on bare ground. It sounded almost too simple. The idea is that we become so enmeshed with electronic gadgets that our own electrical being gets stuck on "go!". (Yes we are electrical. Our brains, our heart, our nervous system runs like that.)
Anyways, grounding helps to calm that part of our system down that is stuck on go, go, go. I don't know how it works, but I know it does. And it's amazing.
I have tried to make a point to walk outside for at least 15 minutes a day to just be, my bare feet and the earth God made. The very first time I did it, I could FEEL the earth. The layers of warmth, then standing there for a few minutes the colder layer underneath. I have always heard that people could tell when Spring or Winter was coming by walking barefooted on the ground. They could feel the earth's warm layer underneath or the cold layer. Fascinating.
My husband has been calling me his gypsy sunflower. I go outside all bundled up, with bare feet. In southern Colorado it's really not that bad. Especially for this cold natured girl. Anyways, I stand there, face in the sun, and feet in the dirt....loving life. All the nervous energy inside me melts away! All of it! I have sometimes sat down, just like you may have done as a kid. Walked outside, stood there in the warm sun with cool breeze and sat right there in the middle of our backyard. Then something amazing happened.
Being. Just being. Allowed me to look up and thank God for His creation. His amazing wisdom, to give something so simple the ability to calm my insides and allow healing. I found myself praising God for the sun, for the earth, for the trees, for the seasons, for my body responding so well to His creation. All because I stepped outside barefooted.
Like I said, I don't know how it works, but I do know it does. I don't care how it does either. It reminds me to take time each day to "be" and give gratitude to God. None of which can be done while "plugged in".
Try it. You might be amazed and find your heart singing gratitude to God as well!