Over the last couple of months, we have united as a global community and remained inside our homes in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our communities. Now, the nearly undetectable, subtle sensory stimulation of nature that we experience is much more rich and cathartic than before. The global pandemic has opened our eyes to our interdependence with nature; to protect us, to nourish us, and to heal us. We know, across cultures and creeds, that nature makes us feel better.
By observing children, the most natural and purest form of our species, you’ll notice they prefer to move barefoot, connected to the ground, and engaging with the world at their feet. It’s no wonder that as they grow up and lose that direct connection to the ground, they start to lose their zest for life. Through recent discoveries into how nature can reduce depression, we are learning just how profound nature’s ability is to heal our bodies, our communities, and our world.
Earthing is a growing topic of scientific research because of the proliferation of transformational health stories; from reducing anxiety, to improving blood flow, and eliminating systemic inflammation. Connecting our bodies to the earth grounds us in a way that allows us to heal.
We are surrounded by electromagnetic waves, throughout our cities and our appliances. These electromagnetic frequencies are grounded by the earth to establish the charge. In order to have an electrical current flow smoothly, it has to be grounded. We also need to ground ourselves to avoid building up too much charge and burning out. We have physically severed our connection to the earth, a connection we evolved with over thousands of years. We walked barefoot, slept on the soil, and ate from the earth.
As we spend more and more time inside, we yearn to be outside, breathing fresh air, hearing the birds sing and the gentle waterfalls in the creek at your feet.
Earthing allows you to calm your nervous system, slowing your heart rate. A randomized, double-blind study conducted in 2015 showed, that “even one-hour contact with the Earth appears to promote significantly autonomic nervous system control of body fluids and peripheral blood flow that may improve blood circulation in the torso and face, facial tissue repair, skin health and vitality and optimize facial appearance.”
This is just another example of our growing understanding of how important nature is to optimizing our health and improving our existence. If we want to save the world we must reconnect with the world around us. Go outside, be childish, feel the grass between your toes, and you’ll feel a sense of calm wash over you.