17 July 2015
Laying on the Earth
In the midst of the freedom and fun of summer, we also can find ourselves overwhelmed with all the fullness! One of my favorite “remedies” this time of year, is simply, to lay on the Earth.
As children, we were naturally drawn to run barefoot --to lie in the sweet summer grass, to play amid the autumn leaves, to sit on the ground. As we reclaim that joy, we actually plug in to the vast, free body of healing energy, of the Earth herself.
A large body of research has now verified what ancient people knew about “earthing”—lying on the Earth for guidance and comfort. Even just a few minutes a day of simply lying quietly in the park, in your yard or garden or in the woods benefits physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
Lie on the Earth, belly down, to receive nourishment and healing energy. Lie on your back to release and let go of tension, grief or anger—energies that may be “stuck” in your body; allow them to flow through you into the soil to be absorbed and transformed in the healing arms of the Mother.
Much like snuggling with a beloved, laying on the Earth allows your mind and body to rest, relax and receive.
Even if you can’t fully recline, simply taking off your shoes and walking for a while in the grass or sitting on a rock or log and feeling that attachment is calming and restorative.
So go on . . . wiggle your toes.
“The earth’s surface is negatively charged, full of free electrons willing and waiting for us. As human beings every single one of us is chock full of free radicals that cause inflammation and damage, causing our bodies to have a net positive charge. The earth is meant to be a docking station for us, a port we can plug into to receive a head-to-toe, inside and out neutralization of this inflammation.
The earth and humans are yin and yang -- just like trees provide oxygen and we provide carbon dioxide, the earth provides negative electrons and we provide positive free radicals and together we live in neutral joyous harmony.
There is literally nothing -- from PMS to jet lag to dementia -- that does not positively respond to time spent earthing. As it turns out, most so-called age related changes like arthritis, dementia, heart disease, stroke... is actually related to a lifetime of chronic inflammation. Take away the chronic inflammation by plugging into the earth and what do you get? Healing.”
~Dr. Laura Koniver, From the Ground Up