THE NATURE TOOL
EXERCISE 2: Go Earthing
Earthing is the simple act of tactile connection of skin to any natural element.
Scientifically speaking, making physical contact with the earth brings one’s body to a more neutral electro-magnetic state. The earth’s energy is, simply put, different than man-made energy. When we walk around with a barrier between us and earth (shoes) we stop the flow of natural energy. In fact, our electromagnetic “voltage” skyrockets. However, when we physically touch the earth, we pick up on its lower voltage and become more balanced.
Having a neutral “voltage” leads to reduced inflammation.
Less inflammation in the body means less pain, better sleep, more energy, boosted mood, better immunity to disease, and much more. Earthing is also linked to reduced levels of our stress hormone – cortisol. When we make contact with the earth, we’re not only helping ourselves physically, but mentally.
The benefits of Earthing good for everyone, but they are beyond beneficial for those living with chronic illness or disability. So, how do you go Earthing? It’s as simple as it sounds….
Take off your shoes and walk barefoot in the grass, sand, dirt, leaves.
If you feel like it, use your hands. Dig in some dirt, tickle the grass, play with the sand or water, and pick up some of your favorite leaves. While any amount of time is excellent for you, the optimal amount of time to practice Earthing is about 30 minutes per day.
We know firsthand that it can sometimes be difficult to physically get outside when you’re living with challenges from a chronic illness or disability, which is why we put together the third and final exercise of this Tool.