Like many of you, I live in a big city with a busy life, tight schedule and away from nature. We get so caught up in our daily activities and problems that we leave aside what is truly important: connect with ourselves and our health. We forget to Earthing.
I’m lucky enough to live nearby some meadows and crops where I walk my two dogs twice a day. A couple of weeks ago I had a moment of clarity when I saw my dogs running around through the bushes and playing with each other: they were completely happy and free. I stood there watching and trying to analyse why I wasn’t feeling this joy even though we were all in the same place. I observed their gestures, reactions and behaviour and I understood it; they were walking barefoot and interacting with every tree, plant and insect; they were having a full experience with their five senses while I was walking with my shoes on and my hands in my pockets, constantly thinking on my TO DO list and the amount of work I have.
Without hesitating, I took my shoes off, started stroking every tree I saw and noticed all the insects walking laboriously around me. The change was immediate. I felt my worries fading away as I closed my eyes and took a deep breath; everything was more alive all of the sudden.
What the theory of Earthing supports is that, since our body is energy, we need to ‘ground’ ourselves to restore our energy balance and by doing that, we’ll reduce certain types of pain as:
- Menstrual symptoms
- Muscle tension
It will also help you beat jet lag or recover from intense athletic activity. But the benefits aren’t just biological; being grounded remind us that we’re all connected with nature and it’s our duty to take care of it and be conscious of our acts.
While I’m walking barefoot with my dogs, memories of my childhood begin to appear. I grew up in a very small town and I used to go everywhere barefoot, spending every afternoon outside playing around. My mother took me every week to a different forest or meadow to hug trees and learn about them; she showed me how everything is alive, from the smallest rock to the biggest animal, we’re all part of nature.
I made myself a promise and from that day I walk at least a few minutes barefoot every day, I take a moment to appreciate and be grateful for what I have and what I am. The change on my stress and anxiety levels have decrease drastically and I’ve never felt more connected with myself and with the Earth.
I also recommend to complement it with a short meditation in a spot where you feel comfortable and quiet. You don’t need to be any meditation guru, just sit nice and tall, close your eyes and focus on your breath, try to embrace every noise, feel and thought and let everything flow in a natural way.