Two Steps Forward – Prescription – Nature!

I seem to take two steps forward and one step back in this battle with our busy lifestyle. I find most weeks I start out on a good note, rested and organized, and then it all falls apart by Wednesday – is the fridge really empty already? Why did I agree to take on all of those extra things? I’ll skip my yoga for a few days or stay up way too late doing things that really don’t matter.

One thing that always gets me back in balance, even for a few hours, is a walk outside, rain or shine (it rains a lot here in Vancouver!). There are many recent studies on the power of nature and getting outside on the mind and health, including the concept of Grounding.

Need a prescription for Nature??  go here (I promise some laughs!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf5TgVRGND4

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What is Grounding??  From http://www.grounded.com/

Human beings evolved in connection with the Earth’s energy. We walked barefoot and we slept in contact with the Earth never realizing that its surface contained limitless, natural, healing energy. Walking around barefoot is not our main mode of travel any longer. We live indoors much of the time and when we do walk or run outside we wear rubber soled shoes which prevent our feet from being able to absorb the Earth’s subtle energy.

So here we find ourselves. Civilized in a modern world, but disconnected from a primal, powerful source of energy and healing. The natural rhythmic pulsations of energy flowing through and emanating from the surface of the Earth keep the biological machinery and global life running in rhythm and balance-and that includes you! Unfortunately, we live like cut flowers, detached from the nourishing Earth energy.

How do you ground? It is very simple; you’ve no doubt done it before! Walk barefoot in the grass, sand, dirt or on concrete. Like your body, these are conductive surfaces and the Earth’s energy flows through them and into your body. Wood, asphalt, and vinyl, are not conductive.

Why should you ground? In recent years, inflammation has come to the forefront of medical attention and has been recognized as the leading trigger of chronic pain and most major health disorders, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. “All roads to chronic disease lead through inflammation,” researchers are increasingly saying. Bodies are on fire. Earthing appears to extinguish the flames through the transfer of negatively-charged electrons from the surface of the Earth into the body where they neutralize positively-charged destructive free radicals involved in chronic inflammation.

If you are geeky like me and like to see studies and evidence go here:

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/acm.2011.0820

http://imjournal.com/pdfarticles/IMCJ10_3_p16_24chevalier.pdf

http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jeph/2012/291541/

Happy Wednesday and Grounding everyone

C

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