Everyone is busy these days. Ask someone that you haven’t seen in a while how they’ve been and most likely they will say “oh, I have been so busy.” It’s like a modern day art, an expected way of life. With the dawn of “the busy life” new words or phrases have made their debut in an effort to set a balance to the “crazy busy”. Self-care and earthing are two that come to mind. Self-care isn’t really a new phrase as many view this as something you do for yourself, such as- getting a manicure or going for a walk. However, true self-care is something rarely practiced by many of us. Taking the time to truly slow down, to breathe, to focus, to simply do nothing. It is a practice to consciously do nothing.
“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” ― Lao Tzu
Earthing is a form of self-care, and one of my favorites, I might add! This term is tossed around a lot these days. In a way, I find it rather amusing, if not saddening, that there’s an actual term for spending time in nature. For some of us, the word earthing may bring about thoughts of grounding in electricity. Interestingly, in a similar fashion, it is almost the same concept for humans. Simply put, it is to connect with the Earth, to establish a reciprocal type of healing and recharge between human and Mother Earth.
The act of earthing itself is a fairly simple one. However, there are some more complex ideologies associated with it and these can be easily found online. There is also a plethora of information on the actual benefits of earthing. Proponents state that it is beneficial for certain conditions such as blood pressure issues, chronic pain issues, EMF (electromagnetic fields) protection, improving sleep, reducing stress, increasing energy and reducing inflammation. I have yet to find, from my own research, proof that it actually does offer such benefits. Although, fresh air, sunshine, and taking the time to relax will give similar results. For myself, I like to keep things simple, as living in harmony with Mother Earth should be an organic and natural act, free from the idea of “doing it the wrong way”. Whether or not the benefits of earthing are in fact totally plausible, who couldn’t stand to benefit from taking the time to slow down and spend some time in nature?
So exactly how does one practice earthing? Simply put, disconnect and reconnect. Disconnect, by walking away from your computer, cell phone and any other electrical device. Step outside. Reconnect, by removing your shoes (if possible) and walking on the Earth! Any place, anywhere… the beach, a park, a lake, a mountain trail or even your own back yard. Winter, spring, summer, fall….any time of the year and any time of the day. Focus and meditate on the beauty of nature. Take the time to appreciate the imperfect perfection that nature has to offer.