It’s a good day to get your feet dirty!
The wonders of technology are enormous and provide benefits and sometimes luxuries in our modern world. I use technology every day however we are all at risk of their negative health and social effects. We use information and communication technologies at much higher levels and in different ways than prior generations. The rapid growth and transmission of information in our digital age carries with it an onslaught of communications from multiple sources. We are challenged with a higher risk of developing psychological symptoms including sleep disturbance and depression. The combined use of these technologies may have an impact on psychological health and in some circumstances result in “cyberspace addiction” or iDisorders.
Modern lifestyle has separated our human species from the earth’s surface energy fields. Our ancient ancestors slept and sat on the ground. They walked in the dirt, sand and grass with bare feet or leather foot coverings. As modern humans we have disconnected with our earth’s surface which has surprising negative health consequences. Grounding (or earthing) has been studied and research points to multiple health benefits. Studies have shown that grounding our bodies alters immune system activity, pain and sleep in a positive way.
During recent decades, chronic illness, immune disorders, and inflammatory diseases have increased dramatically, and some researchers have cited environmental factors as the cause. Those environmental factors include overuse of pesticides, lack of readily available affordable organic foods, constant exposure to electronic waves from iPhones, iPads, tablets, computers and other mobile devices. However, the possibility of modern disconnection with the Earth’s surface as a cause has not been thoroughly evaluated. Research in this area does exist however.
Grounding research has shown the potential benefits of barefoot contact with the Earth. Initial experiments resulted in improved sleep and reduced pain. Subsequent research has shown that improved sleep was correlated with a normalization of the cortisol day-night profile from the Earth’s vast supply of electrons through grounding or earthing. The results of these studies are significant in light of the extensive research showing that lack of sleep stresses the body and contributes to many detrimental health consequences. Lack of sleep is often the result of pain. Therefore the reduction of pain might be one reason for the benefits of grounding. Modern lifestyles prevent us from connecting to the earth’s surface such as rubber soled shoes. When was the last time you went outside without your electronic devices, kicked your shoes off and dug your toes into the dirt?
Living in direct contact with the Earth’s surface such as going barefoot with bare feet touching the ground for as little as 30 or 40 minutes daily can significantly reduce pain and stress in the human body. It doesn’t cost a cent for barefoot grounding and unplugging. Spend some of that time meditating on your inner resources and getting in touch with who you really are. You are more than your social media presence. Spend some time digging in the ground, maybe planting some of those organic vegetables that are getting harder and harder to find.
Choose to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness: it is a process of change and growth towards a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle. Work for a positive change lifestyle change through iGrounding. Unplug everyday and go outside to connect your heart, mind and body to the Earth's surface in a meaningful restorative way !
In order to live a higher quality life, maintaining optimal wellness is key. Everything we feel and do relates to our well-being and directly affects our actions and emotions. In order to subdue stress, reduce illness, and ensure positive moments in your life, you must achieve optimal wellness.
To achieve optimal wellness, one must apply it towards every possible endeavor. You can apply a wellness approach towards your environment, community, career, belief systems, physical activities, self care, healthy eating, self esteem, and creative activities. Applying wellness through iGrounding in your everyday life will allow you to achieve your full potential and live with passion and purpose.
Your genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors influence long-term health and chronic health conditions. All components of the human biological system interact dynamically with the environment.
Daily iGrounding cost nothing so unplug and stick your feet in the green grass.
Creative meditation is to facilitate an experience of deep peace and calm, while building awareness and appreciation of the unique positive qualities of self.
Unplug and take the plunge into iGrounding what have you got to lose.
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Practice iGrounding combined with mindfulness to promote an accepting relationship with one's internal voice, emotions and physical experience.
Living in direct contact with the earth’s surface such as going barefoot as little as 30 or 40 minutes a day can reduce pain and stress.
Kick your shoes off and stick your feet in the sand.
“ iGrounding has changed my life! Nutritional, emotional and physical environment changes have given me back my quality of life.” - Shelley
Coppell, Texas, United States
R. Stein, Is Modern Life Ravaging Our Immune Systems?Washington Post, 2008.
C. Ober, “Grounding the human body to neutralize bioelectrical stress from static electricity and EMFs,” ESD Journal, January 2000.
C. Ober, S. T. Sinatra, and M. Zucker, Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?Basic Health Publications, Laguna Beach, Calif, USA, 2010.
M. Ghaly and D. Teplitz, “The biologic effects of grounding the human body during sleep as measured by cortisol levels and subjective reporting of sleep, pain, and stress,” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 767–776, 2004.
Journal of Environmental and Public Health Volume 2012, Article ID 291541, 8 pages
G. Chevalier, K. Mori, and J. L. Oschman, “The effect of Earthing (grounding) on human physiology,” European Biology and Bioelectromagnetics, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 600–621, 2006
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