To celebrate a new book that will be coming out in May of next year, I thought I’d start right off by offering a free e-book to some lucky blogger.
Okay, so that out of the way, let me introduce you to a concept called grounding. In order to do that, I’d like to take you on a journey about this subject that I became aware of long, long ago. However this subject has only recently come to light as a natural remedy for relief — disclaimer — I’m not a doctor and this isn’t medical advice. I am simply passing along information that was once known about quite broadly. In the olden days of Native America, the medicine man had this remedy at his beck and call.
By the way, this is the new cover of the book being released next May by Samhain Publishing. THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR. Isn’t it a honey? By the way, that thing at his elbow (you can’t see it well here) is a fringed bag that he’s carrying.
But back to my story.
It was in the late 80’s, early 90’s when I was visiting many of the American Indian tribal centers in Vermont (I used to live in Vermont). It was here that I was brought to an understanding about grounding as a way to release tension and stress. At the time, I had brought a friend of mine with me, and when she heard the people talking about taking off ones shoes and walking on the grass as a way to relieve stress and tension, she became angry, said something along the line of “I can’t believe I’m listening to this,” and walked out.
I, however, was intrigued, and never forgot what I’d learned that night. Take off your shoes and walk on the grass. Feel the earth and nature beneath your feet. Still later, in the early to mid 90’s, I went to many, many pow-wow’s, where I inevitably wore moccains — leather — a shoe that keeps you connected to the earth. I didn’t know it at the time, but I always felt regenerated after those pow-wow’s. There is (and I felt it) something about being close to nature that really does relieve one’s stress.
Okay, so what is grounding? Grounding is simply taking off your shoes and walking barefoot on the ground. Simple. Something that — like my friend — many people might poo-poo. And yet it has factual grounding — pun not intended. Apparently, it has been rediscovered (although it was well known in Native America) that when one walks barefoot on the ground, the earth sends free electrons into your body — electrons that are part of the earth itself. When these electrons run through your body, it spreads to tissues in the body and creates some very good effects.
There is a site that you can go to if you’re interested in reading more about it — although I’ve been told that you have to subscribe to the site (it’s free) in order to view this link. But let me post the link anyway: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/19/grounded-documentary.aspx
There are some things to know — rubber or plastic soled shoes will not ground you to the earth. Leather shoes, however, do. You can walk on grass, soil, earth, sand — and according to the above article, also on concrete and ceramic tile. One of the things that the article goes into — and one of the things my husband said to me also — is that walking on the earth barefoot (or with leather shoes) allows the body to get rid of the excess charge in your body — and in this modern day when every store has enormous electronic equipment scanning you from head to foot as you enter and even walk around a store — not to mention al the wireless equipment in our homes and offices — this grounding is a very good thing.
Some of this information comes from Dr. Mercola and Dr. Stephen Sinatra, and is information that you can see for yourself at the site listed above.
Once again, I am struck by the debt that we owe to those in our families who are older and who have much information to pass along. In this day and age of worship of youth, may we never forget that it is Grandpa and Grandma who may still have much to pass along to us.
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