Sometimes, I find it really inspirational to flip through magazines and cut out quotes, words, pictures, anything to glue in my journal to make it a little more vibrant and colorful. A place where I can open the pages and feel something warm radiating off the pages. Its kind of like decorating my thoughts. I haven’t done this for a while, but I opened my journal to the back and realized that I had stashed a bunch of these clippings from a couple years ago. I had completely forgotten about them! But, I found this quote and it reminded me of earthing, (not to be confused with earthling, which I still say by accident sometimes) a practice I had just recently learned about and taken up. Here it is:
“Go on and bask in the ocean breeze — and feel an instant mental boost. Sea air is full of negative ions, molecules that may help increase oxygen to the brain, relieve depression, and increase alertness.”
I remember the feeling of walking barefoot through the wet dewy grass as a kid. On summer mornings in the middle of July, my sister, brother and I would forget our shoes inside and head out with Cool Whip containers to the blackberry bushes lining our backyard. We would each pick enough for a couple bowls of cereal, tip toe back into the house and watch cartoons. We would equip ourselves with a tray stocked with a gallon of milk, a box of cereal, bowls, and spoons, refilling and adding the perfect ratio of blackberries to cereal.
When I think of earthing, I think of that. Feeling mentally aware of my surroundings. Of enjoying the wet cool grass before the heat of the day. So I’ve started ditching my shoes when I take my puppy, Nyima, out for her morning walk. She likes to be barefoot too. So we both play in the grass and absorb the energy and negative ions from the earth. It has become morning ritual for us. It boosts my energy, and Nyimas too, although I think Nyima always has energy. I’ve even started riding my bike to a local park and working out barefoot in the grass, doing my own form of yoga. It leaves me feeling refreshed and alive. Become a little earthling and try it! Wet grass seems to do the trick, but if you’re lucky enough to live close to the ocean, walking barefoot on the beach works magic too.