23 Jun

I like to walk the dog in my bare feet. You heard right. No shoes. I have no doubt my neighbors think I'm crazy. I might even be a topic at the HOA meetings, but if they knew the health benefits behind my bare feet, they just might join me.

I first learned about this from a movie called "Earthing the Movie." It was enough to convince me to give it a chance, and it just made sense. I ordered some grounding items for the house, and then committed to walking barefoot more, which even in the summer, I found more challenging than I expected. My grounding items arrived and they included a free book for even more great testimonies and facts behind such a simple, and pretty economical way to improve your health.

"Earthing" by Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, and Martin Zucker, argue that modern lifestyles have disconnected us from the Earth's natural electrical charge, which can lead to a variety of health problems. One of the most compelling arguments in both the movie and book is the idea that grounding can reduce inflammation in the body. The authors cite numerous studies that have found a correlation between inflammation and chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. By reconnecting with the Earth's electrical charge, the authors argue, we can reduce inflammation and potentially improve our overall health.

Another interesting aspect of the book is the discussion of the impact of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) on our health, popularly referred to as EMFs. The authors argue that our modern world is filled with EMR from sources such as cell phones, Wi-Fi, and power lines. This EMR can disrupt our body's natural electrical balance and potentially lead to health problems. By grounding ourselves, the authors suggest, we can help counteract the effects of EMR and protect our health. This is something we all need. We live in a toxic pool of EMFs at this point in our history.

Dr. James Oschman, a leading expert on energy medicine indicated that, "The moment your foot touches the Earth...your physiology changes. An immediate normalization begins. And an anti-inflammatory switch is turned on." This quote highlights the potential power of grounding and its ability to positively impact our health.

"Earthing" the movie and book are both thought provoking and will challenge your assumptions about health and wellness. By exploring the concept of grounding and its potential benefits, the authors provide a compelling argument for reconnecting with the Earth's natural electrical charge. Whether you're dealing with chronic health problems or simply looking to improve your overall well-being, the movie (free on Youtube) and the book are definitely worth your time.

As far as how grounding has helped me, so far, I haven't noticed any vast changes. However, please understand, I didn't come to earthing to really handle any health issues. I'm all about prevention. Grounding is another tool in my belt. I have noticed I am able to meditate and quiet my mind with more ease when I go outside, versus sitting on furniture or even my yoga mat. I am particularly sensitive to EMF's, so I wholeheartedly believe that my new grounding and earthing practices are providing me an element of protection there as well. I did spend a little money on earthing pillowcases, and a mat for when I'm sitting at my desk, but walking barefoot is free (though your feet will cry at first). The good news is grounding shoes are available, which will help protect my feet, and keep me from getting called out by our HOA. (Though it would be fun to attend a meeting and present my case for why. ;-))

P.S. Make sure to be very discriminating about your grounding products. I stayed with products made by Clint Ober from the book and movie. He apparently is the originator of grounding, and has patents, with a lot of other people knocking it off, just not as well. To really commit to grounding, you may have to initially spend a couple hundred dollars, but I'd rather spend my money there, then on costly doctor or hospital visits, and potential pharmaceuticals one day. Even if you don't have the funds, just stand barefoot in the grass for a total of 15 minutes a day. It will be well worth your time!

Angela Miller is an RN and Transformation Coach. She is passionately pursuing her calling to help people transform pain into purpose. To schedule a free consult, or for more information, visit www.soaringforward.com. 

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