I read an article this weekend, a piece on something called ‘earthing’. You’ll be forgiven if you don’t know this means walking in your bare feet. Outside.
It talked about how earthing makes us feel connected to the earth and how we instinctively know this is A Good Thing. Researchers (yes, researchers in walking barefoot) have named this knowledge “Unconscious Evolutionary Intelligence”. Because (I’m guessing) researchers like naming things. And if this isn’t exciting enough, it seems that science is now discovering what is happening to us, biochemically, when we earth. Early findings confirm what instinct has long instincted: walking about in nature feels nice.
The article goes on to say more research is needed (naturally!), to more fully understand how earthing works… but what they DO KNOW at this early stage is that, generally, it’s a good thing. (They used bigger words but that’s the gist.)
They cite health benefits and say that being in nature is becoming the new Vitamin N. (N for nature).
Health benefits. From nature. Imagine.
Also… it appears that walking in nature is more relaxing than the same amount of walking on concrete in a crowded city. Significant results in improved mood, for example. Apparently even just looking at nature has some effect (as through a window with a view of trees vs a brick wall; studies show the tree people felt less stress).
Is your mind blown yet?
Or are you thinking: yeah, sure, it sounds good, but how do I do it??
Fortunately, the article ends with an instructional, telling us that if you want to “get grounded with our planet’s surface” all you need to do is (are you ready for this?)… simply sit, walk or play outdoors.
Am I going too fast?
Okay, more slowly this time.
In your bare feet.
But, FYI, if you’d rather not do it in bare feet, you can buy Earthing Shoes with conductive powers. Or if you’d rather not do it outside at all, there are Universal Earthing Pads to put under floor mats. Or Earthing Sheets and Mattresses. Or Earthing Auto Seat Pads if you’d prefer to connect with the earth from the comfort of your Chevy.
Otherwise, this weekend found me swimming in the rain to Brahms. I’m not sure what that’s called.
Also reading on the living room couch in a house with open windows while afore-mentioned rain continued most of the day and a door somewhere, slightly ajar, kept tap tapping against the frame, which made me remember the house I grew up in where windows were always open and doors often tapped like this. I associate the sound with fresh air. I have no idea if this activity has been named, or even discovered for that matter.
I planted pots of scented things on the patio… valerian and helitrope and meadow sweet and my favourite: apple geranium. All purchased from a grower who does not use neonic’d seeds.
Was I aromatizing? Scentographing? Maxi-fragrancing?
I cut chicory and arugula and kale for a salad lunch, and ate outside. We do have a name for this one; we call it “having lunch outside”.
And when the sun came out I hung laundry in the backyard (sheeting?).
Despite soggy conditions, I earthed while I did it.
5 thoughts on “earth to sanity, come in, sanity…”
I couldn’t sheet today because the rain came along to tap on the windows here. I will sheet tomorrow. Wary of earthing on my patch of lawn because I have seen bees and on the scale of politically correct N awareness, I think presence of bees tops earthing? Is there a chart somewhere I can consult? I have footwear that makes me feel like I’m earthing while also protecting my feet from possible bees. I believe they’re called…. flip flops?
No doubt a ‘what-trumps-what’ chart is being developed around some boardroom table as we speak… (is it still called speaking??)
Earthing pads, rugs, etc. Always an angle. Staring at trees not screens improves healing. I should direct my gaze better.
Along the same lines: ‘forest bathing’ is taking a walk (fully clothed, thank god) in the woods. Who makes this stuff up?
And I wonder what the technical name is for ‘directing your gaze better’…