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Earthing: Becoming the Best You

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Walt Whitman once said, “Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”

As we are at the beginning of a new year, and a new decade, it’s the best time to commit to self-care, and connecting with Mother Earth is a fantastic way to do that.

I’ve written about Earthing or Grounding before, but I think the clean slate that comes with the new year is the perfect time to dive a bit deeper into this life-changing and life-affirming practice.

Just a quick reminder about what Grounding/Earthing means. By definition, it means any direct contact a human body has with the earth’s surface. The thought is that the earth holds a very mild negative charge and our bodies, under the influence of modern technology, build up a positive charge. 

The positive electrons, which are harmful and hold a negative connotation, cause chronic inflammation and an increase in free radicals. When we have too many free radicals in our bodies, our cells and DNA become damaged. 

Earthing can also reduce circulatory inflammation and support our cardiac health. 

When your body directly touches the Earth, your entire being changes; both inside and outside. Studies show earthing calms our nervous system and helps reduce stress and anxiety. 

Make a New Year’s intention to go barefoot on the Earth for at least 20 minutes, twice a day. If that’s too much, try for 10 minutes on your lunch break. 

It will quiet your inner talk and bring you back to the center of your being. You’ll be able to see the world, your life, and yourself in a whole new way.

It’s All in Your Mind: Make Self-Love a Priority

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How did you take care of yourself today? Maybe you spent the first 15 minutes after you woke up in meditation? Or you took a walk or jogged to clear your head before starting your workday?

Or maybe…you didn’t do anything to take care of yourself…to show yourself the love that you need and deserve. You may, in fact, do just the opposite. Instead of being your own best cheerleader, you may be your worst enemy.

Each and every soul on this Earth needs to feel love and to be loved. But, the harsh truth is, that love needs to start within. We need to begin the process of caring and loving ourselves first and foremost before we can love another.. Once we do that, the ripple effect just carries out into the world, touching those that feel it and lends its healing to the earth as well.

For me, I begin each day with the intention of being of service to others and sharing my unique gift with those I come in contact with throughout my day.

The practice of self-care allows us to begin healing the wounds of the past, by allowing ourselves to begin to let go of past hurts and bad experiences.

Everything that we do day in and day out starts with a thought. Our thoughts are the sparks that light the way for everything we do–good and bad.

Take some time when you wake up tomorrow morning and every morning thereafter and be KIND to yourself. Just take a few minutes and set the intention to be of service to others, by first, being of service to yourself.

Listen to my recent podcast interview with Kyrin Dunston of Her Brilliant Health, where I talk about how the mind has the ability to transform our lives.

We Are Mother Earth

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If you have seen the news at all recently, I’m sure you know all about the current wildfires raging in California. This has been a recurring issue for residents of the state; myself included. Lately, I’ve been feeling all the emotions of all those who have been directly affected by the fires. It seems like the fires that burn Mother Earth are also burning inside of me as well.

The sadness I feel isn’t directly mine, but being an empath, I feel the collective sadness of not only California but our planet too. My empath clients have also been telling me that they are having a rough time emotionally as well. 

Being an empath means we are a sort of emotional sponge that soaks in emotions from the world and the people around us. We not only feel the emotions; we take them in as if they are our own.

The more our home (Mother Earth) is harmed, the more we are harmed emotionally and physically because we are an extension of the planet we live on. It’s time that people wake up to the fact that our actions are causing massive destruction to the planet, and ultimately to ourselves.

We can see the physical manifestations of damage to our planet such as; global warming, pollution, etc. But what about the spiritual toll? Humans have a spiritual connection to nature and we need to take a stand to heal the wounds of our planet and protect Mother Earth from further damage.

There are many things you can do to help our planet and yourself:

  • Make physical connections to Mother Earth a daily habit: spend time in nature. Walk barefoot in the grass. Go stargazing. Take a swim in a lake.
  • Eat clean, healthy foods: ingest what our beautiful planet has provided us, and eliminate processed foods.
  • Start an environmental conservation event in your town: Hold a fundraiser for an environmental non-profit group. Head up a recycling drive. Ask for donations for those affected by natural disasters or volunteer at a group that provides assistance.
  • Take time to educate others on how important it is to take care of the Earth: Join an advocacy group. Participate in a protest or write to your local lawmakers.
  • Add daily environmentally-friendly activities: Use reusable bags when you’re grocery shopping. Conserve water. Use a refillable water bottle.

We can’t save the planet all on our own or stop natural disasters, but we can contribute to the ultimate healing of ourselves and Mother Earth. Our well-being is connected to the planet, and it’s time that we all started understanding that. If we don’t take a stand, who will?