Years of extensive research has shown that connecting to the Earth’s natural energy can diminish chronic pain, fatigue and other ailments that plague so many people today.
We can easily counteract the busyness of our digital lives that is making so many of us more susceptible to dis-ease, by spending more time in nature where we can not only reconcile our senses but quite literally refresh our bodies, minds and even our souls…
Earthing or Grounding
Throughout history we have walked, sat and slept on the ground, cultivated the land with our bare hands and spent a lot of our time naturally grounded. However our modern lifestyles featuring plastics, synthetic fabrics, asphalt, tar, carpets and vinyl, have separated us from the ground’s electron supply whilst un-natural man-made electronic radiation from household appliances, mobile phones, wi-fi, microwaves and cell towers bombards us at every turn, causing excessive free radical damage to our tissues and cells, leading to inflammation and disease in the body.
Earthing – walking barefoot on grass, sand, dirt or rock – is a great way to connect with the Earth’s natural energy, dynamically boosting the body’s own self-repair and healing mechanisms, promoting well-being, vitality and even better sleep. In fact, any direct contact we can make with the surface of the Earth through our feet or skin, allows our bodies to receive a charge of energy that makes us feel better, fast.
Shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing)
There’s nothing new about nature appreciation; nature has been worshipped in some form or other, across the globe since time immemorial and in the case of some cultures, like the Japanese, it’s a national pastime. In 1982 ‘forest bathing’ became part of a national public health programme when the Japanese forestry ministry coined the phrase ‘shinrin-yoku’ and promoted topiary to a therapy.
The art of shinrin-yoku is to relax rather than accomplish; there’s no hiking, no Fitbit monitoring; no phones, cameras or other distractions; there aren’t even any goals or expectations. The idea is to connect with nature in a healing way; to slow down and open your senses to the deeper nuances of the natural setting around you – look more closely at a leaf or notice the sensation of the path beneath your feet; listen to the sounds around you; take a seat and observe the birds or animals noticing any changes in their behaviour as they become used to your presence. Documented benefits of shinrin-yoku include a lowering of the heart rate and blood pressure, reduction in stress hormone production, a boost to the immune system and improved overall feelings of well-being.
What better way then, to counteract the damaging effects of our modern lifestyle, than to enjoy a forest bath, take a barefoot walk on the beach, garden with our bare hands or even hug a tree? What’s more, this 100% natural energy is freely available to anyone and everyone irrespective of their age, gender, race or health status.
Isn’t it about time you connected with nature and felt its benefits?