Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!
“I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.
― Anne Lamott
If you feel that you are only one today going through hard times, hope this post offers you grace for yourself. Giving ourselves that grace, that space when we are struggling is so important and I believe that finding that grace within ourselves strengthens our faith. We are all in dark time at some point of time in our lives and grace is what reminds us to stay afloat.
It’s an open secret that many people feel most connected to God when they’re in the mountains, on the beach, or in the desert—in wild, expansive places. They’re places where we’re able to gain a sense of perspective, of things in their right place. Something similar often happens for gardeners in their own backyards and for cooks in their kitchens. For someone like me who identifies as a contemplative, these three spaces of wilderness, garden, and kitchen (table), continually prompt a deeper awareness of God’s presence and develop a deeper capacity to accept God’s radical love, ultimately cultivating a fuller communion with God and with all of creation.
But has nature been created for a reason?
We have nature within us and because of that, the seasonal shifts in our external environment become expressed in our bodies.
Grounding (also called earthing, earth grounding and earth therapy) is the idea that by making direct contact with the earth’s electrical energy, we will feel better and alleviate certain health issues. The surface of the earth is loaded with negatively charged electrons (AKA: free electrons). When we come into contact with the earth’s surface, our bodies absorb this energy, which in turn neutralizes damaging free radicals that exist within our bodies.
Whether grounding can be proven scientifically is a polarizing issue. The theory has garnered a lot of skepticism, with some in the medical profession calling it a hoax or likening it to wearing a tinfoil hat. That is where grace and faith come into the picture. Begin by asking:
• How well do I take care of myself?
• Do I make sure that my emotional needs are met?
• Do I give myself the rest and relaxation I need?
• Can I accept the care and love others offer graciously without dependency?
• Am I able to separate myself from highly dependent relationships which drain and deplete me?
In India the earth is called the Mother. Anything to do with grounding has a relationship to the Mother. As you respect and honour her within yourself, she will look after and protect you. Becoming grounded and staying grounded are like planting a beautiful garden and making sure the garden remains beautiful. Maintenance is required. As we become more grounded we become more stable, more comfortable and stronger in our relationship with yourself. As we become more grounded our thinking naturally subsides without mental effort, ergo we become more peaceful. Through practice we learn to anchor our attention in our bodies and breath.