Being barefoot easily conjures the feelings of freedom, peace and simplicity. What is often the norm for young children playing outside sadly dissipates in most of us as we age. Would being barefoot on the Earth—each day, every day—be worth another ‘go’ if we were aware of its myriad, seriously powerful benefits?
I’ve always enjoyed being barefoot outdoors. During my college years, roommates and friends would lightly tease about my diligent practice of sliding off my shoes the second class was over and my feet hit ground. Walking home barefoot was a true delight—one that I felt intuitively connected to and instantly at ease with then, but wouldn’t completely understand, or be able to fully transmit into words, until later. Fast forward a few years, load up on more responsibilities and ‘load down’ on time spent outdoors sans shoes. For those who are energetically sensitive, this combination can feel near disastrous. I can feel the shift in vibration the second I enter a home from the outdoors and, at times, it can be suffocating—so much so that, for years, I’ve enjoyed sporadic stretches of sleeping outside. I began thinking about the difference in the air and ground waves outside versus the waves inside several years before I became motivated and serious enough to dig deeper into its energetic on~goings. The second I did, however, doors began opening (as is the norm when the Universe is nudging you in a certain direction) and fitting information became available that I immediately resonated with, incorporated into my life and wouldn’t want to turn away from embracing and sharing.
In the same way that modern buildings and appliances are ‘grounded,’ placing our bare skin directly on the Earth physically grounds us. This grounding prevents a buildup of electricity and any potential interference that may occur as a result of that electrical buildup. While the practice of grounding is standard in the care and maintenance of current construction, somehow we’ve glossed over applying this understanding to our own bodies. We have faithfully been blocking the current from the Earth for years…the precise current, the flow, that we are designed to be connected to 24 hours a day. Wearing shoes with rubber soles completely disconnects the Earth’s flow into our body. Most people are physically lodged in a house or office all day, walking on asphalt—all while wearing shoes. This means that many of us are gliding through each day NEVER discharging the buildup of free radicals imperceptibly reverberating around us. The Earth is a limitless source of free electrons that stream into the body only when it is grounded. This infusion of negative ions from the Earth into the body, and the discharge of destructive positive ions, is essential for well~being. Excess positive ions in the body are associated with disease and degeneration. Negative ions are associated with vitality, good health and healing. Jumping into a body of water or simply touching the Earth with bare feet starts the process of these negative ions cascading up through our body, clearing out positive ions—simple, free & amazing!
There is a lot of research now underway showing that the process of grounding, or connecting with the Earth, holds collective and diverse benefits for both the physical body as well as mental and emotional harmony.
Really think about this for a hot sec. Just touching the bare Earth with your hands or feet actually transfers these damaging free radicals into the Earth…away from your body! While that stream of harmful free radicals shifts out, a stream of electrons shifts in. These electrons restore balance and a rich overtone of tranquility to your entire system—your muscles, tissues, bones, brain pathways… The benefits are wildly attractive, are free…and almost so easy that they can be readily dismissed by those looking for a more complex path to attunement and ‘wholeness.’
It thrills me (I just noticed that I’m lit~rah~lee on the edge of my seat right now as I type—that enthused;)) that this availability, this option is always available to us—without costly equipment or supplements. We just have to make the choice to allow it to nourish and balance us.
Reflecting back to the boundless energy, serene qualities and the quick-healing nature of childhood holds vast insight.
Cheers to never outgrowing foot-to-Earth play!
(organic lifestyle, 2011)