Here is a prescription for your brain and body you may not hear very often.
My Rx for you: Take a barefoot walk in the sunshine through woods or park or tree-lined path. Do it daily. Repeat as often as you can. The only side-effect is improved health and a blast of vitality.
By the way, a beach, rocky terrain, flowing water, and planting in your own backyard will work just fine, too.
Why? Because, I am here to tell you that you just nourished your brain, your body and the deepest centers of your cells – – and perhaps you nourished your spirit, as well.
Did you know that trees elicit positive feeling states in humans?
Did you know that the ions emitted from the earth affect our cells and every aspect of our physiology (and spirituality)?
Let’s talk about this.
The HeartMath Institute, long known for its work in exploring the power of the heart’s electromagnetic field to improve health and well-being, began a unique project last year which they called their “tree research project.” Their scientists monitored redwood trees in such an extraordinary way they had to create and test new equipment and software for efficiently and simultaneously measuring tree potentials from multiple trees and develop a way of sending the data to a lab.
Based upon their data and observations of oak and redwood trees in different locations of their research center, the HeartMath scientists have learned that:
- Trees, like humans, have a circadian day-night rhythm
- Trees evoke positive feeling states in humans
- Trees have complex and different overall electrical voltage patterns, almost as if each has its own personality
The energy emitted by the trees interacts with our cells and tissues in ways that appear to make us feel good. We believe that switches inside your tissues and deep into your cells have been flipped and the lights have suddenly come on in places where they had gone dark. More science is to come. HeartMath is expanding this project, and I will report on what is learned in the months and years to come.
However, this is not the only boost that Nature gives us.
The Earth, you see, is an electrical planet, and you are a bioelectrical being living on an electrical planet. Your body functions electrically. Your heart and nervous system are prime examples.
The potential benefits from the Earth’s energy on the brain, heart, muscles, immune and nervous systems − and in turn the whole body and the aging process − are massive.
The earth transmits negatively-charged electrons from its surface into our bodies. Those negatively-charged electrons affect our health by neutralizing positively-charged free radicals and other sources of sickness and dysfunction.
Not long ago, the cover of Time magazine declared inflammation “The Secret Killer.” It is true that inflammation is part of most of our major diseases and chronic illness: brain/emotion/body. Well, one source of inflammation comes from free radical overactivity, and free-radicals are positively charged. So, “Mother Earth” may help reduce the unhealthy affects of those positive ions that play roles in illnesses, diseases, pain, and emotional distress.
However….now the other shoe drops. Here is the rub.
It take direct, physical contact with the earth to absorb the negative ions that help confer aspects of health. Modern lifestyle separates humans from such contact. The soles of our shoes, the concrete, plastic or even natural wood floors are barriers between our cells and the ions they need and crave.
Research suggests that this disconnection may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and disease. Reconnection with the Earth’s electrons (which some have come to call “earthing”) has been found to promote intriguing physiological changes and subjective reports of well-being. Earthing (or grounding) refers to the discovery of benefits—including better sleep and reduced pain—connecting your body, literally and physically, to the earth, itself.
Let’s not get complicated. All I am suggesting is go barefoot in the grass, the soil, the sand, or the dirt trail. Let your body come in contact with the earth in any way you choose. Sit and plant in your garden. Sit on the grass. Let your barefoot feet play with the earth as you sit. Imagine ways to let the earth touch you and imagine yourself fed with nutrients that do not come in a pill.
In another blog, I am going to discuss how sunshine provides much more than the opportunity for your body to make vitamin D3.
For now, go climb a tree or even hug it. At the very least walk among them…but do so barefoot.
Your brain, your body, your cells will thank you, and I think you might even smile a bit more.
By the way, there is a video on my website that shows me “earthing” in North Carolina. I invite you to take a look.
So, you don’t have to hug a tree, but you might want to walk through a forest.