“Earthing”, or grounding, is a practice that is getting attention as a natural way to reduce inflammation, thin blood and slow the aging process. Dr. James Oschman, expert in energy medicine and biophysics, says, “The earth’s surface is electrically charged. There is a constant current flow from the ionosphere to the earth. These are the electrons that your body needs for your immune system to function properly. When walking on the earth barefoot, free electrons from the earth transfer into your body via the soles of your feet. These free electrons are some of the most potent antioxidants know to man.” He further explains that electrons from the earth are negative and free radicals are positive, so they cancel each other out. Walking barefoot is especially good because there is a point in the middle of the ball of the foot that connects all acupuncture meridians, making it beneficial for the whole body.

The ideal place for earthing is on a beach, close to or in sea water and, secondly, on dew-covered grass. Asphalt, wood, and plastic soles of shoes are not suitable for earthing because they will not allow electrons to pass through.

This concept is also embraced by the Buddhist monk, Thich Nat Han, who said: “Be aware of the contact between your feet and the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” There is a walking Buddhist prayer that goes like this: walk slowly and with each step, say one word “I…Kiss…Earth…Ahhhhhh”  Repeat as you walk “I…Kiss…Earth…Ahhhh.” It is very soothing and grounding.

The semi-nomadic Masai people in Kenya have been known for their excellent posture, lack of joint and back pain, stable health and remarkable athletic ability. A Swedish manufacturer created a shoe that simulates an uneven beach surface hoping to replicate the conditions leading to their exceptional health. I wonder if walking on the actual beach and receiving the earth’s energy also contributes to their health and well-being. I don’t know…just wondering.

As we still have some warm summer weather left, I wanted to introduce this healthy and invigorating practice. Enjoy and be healthy! See you next week. I’m off to the beach!

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