Earthing or Grounding for Greater Health

Earthing-&-Grounding

 

Have you heard of Earthing or Grounding?  Do you know what it is?

It is simply the act of walking barefoot on the ground, or lying/sleeping on the ground, gardening with your bare hands or feet in the earth; allowing your body to reconnect with the earth’s natural healing energies and rhythms.

Although it is a very simple and natural thing to do, there are actually many health benefits associated with this. I think we all know about walking barefoot on the dewy grass or riverbank or sea side to reduce or ‘earth out’ any build up of static electricity in our bodies. But now there have been a number of scientific studies done that show Earthing can help relieve chronic pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, relieve stress, enhance well-being and much, much more.

Ancient cultures knew about the earths powerful energy and natural rhythmic pulses that keep life running in a rhythm and balance that maintains homeostasis, which is essential to all life, and naturally incorporated them in their everyday lives. But our disconnection from the Earth and Nature has, until recently, meant that Earthing or Grounding ourselves has virtually been overlooked as having any positive impact on our health or well-being, by our modern culture.

During Earthing, negatively-charged electrons transfer from the earth’s surface into our bodies where they neutralize positively-charged destructive free radicals, and also releases any build-up of static energy in the body. These electrons are the most powerful antioxidants known. By scavenging and neutralizing free radicals in the body, antioxidants help to ease inflammation and cell or tissue damage. Earthing also enhances our mood by relieving physical or emotional stress.

So take off your shoes whenever and where ever you can, get your hands and feet back in the earth as often as you can when you’re outdoors, and take advantage of the natural health benefits of Grounding yourself.

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Notice the Good & Practice Gratitude

Gratitude

You can complain that roses have thorns or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.

The choice is yours!

 

Did You Know – You are responsible for the energy you ‘bring to life’ and the attitude/energy you bring to any situation in Life.

 

If your attitude is Loving and Grateful you see the world as being full of wonder, delight, magic and mystery.

Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it!

Fear, judgments, and anger collapse this attitude, and often sneaks up on you quickly, unnoticed, just because it is so normal.

It seems easier to feel fear and lack rather than contented abundance. Fear and judgments can lead you to imagine the worst possible outcomes with frightening images and stories in your head often go round and round, building in intensity.

Your feelings/emotions tell you very quickly what you’re thinking. It is impossible to feel bad and at the same time be having good, loving thoughts, and visa versa.

Did You Know – An antidote to fear/anxiety is to breathe deeply, breath slowly, soften your body, relax and stick to the facts as they are right Now. Anxiety is usually about the future; an imagined, outcome that may never happen.

Each thought you have is a tiny impulse of energy that goes out from you and into the Universe. Your thoughts are a major source of power and energy, either to your advantage or your detriment. Your Life is an expression of your dominant thoughts; each thought you think is planting a seed for future experiences.

When you remember to acknowledge gratitude for all you have and are, you will start to feel nourished by all that you have and are.

But if life becomes an “I ought to be, do, have . . .” affair, you continually feel inadequate and unfulfilled.

Focus on who you naturally are rather than trying to make yourself fit some other mold.

You make the best you there can be, so Keep dancing with your Unique Self!
See the Good in yourself, your life and your world and be Grateful for all that you are and have!

Where is your focus and attention right now? And where does it go when you aren’t watching?

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Have you experienced Reiki or Hands on Healing?

Reiki

‘Hands on Healing’ is a natural and ancient form of healing. In its simplest form we instinctively put our hands on what hurts, ie a headache, sore knee, stomach ache etc.

Reiki is a simple and natural form of Hands on Healing. Anyone can do it, anywhere, at any time, and on anyone (with permission) or anything. You can use it on yourself when you are feeling out of sorts – nervous, stressed, uncomfortable – and it will energize, calm and restore a balance.

One of the first things you notice while receiving Reiki Healing is how peaceful and relaxing this gentle healing art is. Some people fall asleep during a Reiki treatment. Others notice a deeply relaxed, but aware state similar to that of meditation.

A Reiki Master was asked what she feels when she is giving Reiki. Love she replied. This is not a philosophical concept but real hands on love.

We are alive because vital life force energy is flowing through us. Life force flows within the physical body through pathways called chakras, and meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body. Reiki can help restore the free flow of life force energy within our body.

Reiki can be used to unblock accumulated toxic energy. The body can accumulate toxins when we are out of balance and harmony with life. Thoughts are energy too and if our thoughts are at odds with our essential essence we become out of balance, out of ease with our core and that of the universe. And as a result we create dis ease.

Reiki is a technique for directing, balancing and restoring Life force energy. Restoring balance, harmony and energy flow. If we are out of balance, out of ease, we are in a state of dis ease.

An exercise to try:
This is an exercise to increase sensitivity in the hands. Take three deep slow breaths in to the count of four and then out to the count of 8. Be at ease, your hands at ease, your body at ease, your mind quietly at ease.
Place your hands in prayer position in front of your heart. Let your palms separate a few centimeters, and feel the energy that starts to build up between the two hands. Let you palms separate further apart while still feeling the energy. Then place your left hand over the heart area and your right hand over the solar plexus (just below the sternum) and feel the energy connect with your body.

Another exercise is to:
Gently focus your attention on the center of the palm of your hands. Rub your two palms together and Notice the energy building there. Notice any sensations of warmth, tingling or energy movement. Stop and place your hands on a sore or problem area of your body. Or alternately place one hand on your solar plexus and one over your heart – this is very calming. Notice the energy coming from your hands and entering your body or quietly spreading from your hands.

Did you feel warmth, tingling, energy moving, anything?

Everyone has the ability to do Reiki. It is a natural innate quality within us all. Attunements can help open the pathways for the energy to flow, but so can intention and practice. There is no substitute for an intention to help and practice. Even after going to a Reiki Master and receiving the attunement, you are sent home to practice every day for the next 21 days. It is thought that it takes 21 days to create new pathways in the brain and create a new pattern/habit.

Reiki enhances whatever it touches. It is a natural, powerful system that unlocks the inner flow of vital energy.

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Are Your Food Choices Affecting Your Mood?

Food & Mood

 

Did You Know – Food has a powerful influence over mood, both to your advantage and disadvantage.

 

Your food can assist you to become more happy and healthy, or your food can undermine your health and well-being, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Food used to be something we ate to give strength and vitality to our bodies, to heal us when we were sick and to satisfy an appetite after doing meaningful work. Now food is produced for profit and instead of being eaten when we are physically hungry, food is now consumed to satisfy artificial cravings. We eat, but we are rarely satisfied, only full.

Food changes chemicals in the body and brain, affecting mood and behavior. It is impossible to be contented and emotionally stable while poisoning your body and brain with artificial and adulterated ‘food’. Present day research and experience are proving without a doubt that there is a connection between what we eat and how we think, feel and behave. Improving your physical diet can reduce stress levels, anger and anxiety.

Enjoying a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, eggs, lean meat and oily fish, for instance, is associated with a reduction in mood swings, depression and anxiety. Eating these foods can help maintain a steady blood-sugar level, which also helps to stabilize mood. Your mood also affects the foods you choose.

People in a negative frame of mind are more likely to choose sugary, fatty, processed and salty indulgence or comfort foods, rather than Life Enhancing ones. Sugar leads to fluctuations in blood sugar, which can bring on mood swings and the Sugar Blues. Sugar, though sometimes a short term fix, encourages poor mental and emotional health. Sugar, carbohydrate and processed food consumption also triggers a cascade of chemical reactions in your body that promote chronic inflammation. In the long term, inflammation disrupts the normal functioning of your immune system and wreaks havoc on your brain, and mood.

A high-quality source of protein – like organic eggs, sardines or a handful of almonds (preferably presoaked to unlock the enzyme inhibitors)– helps to keep your blood sugar levels steady for enhanced energy and mood.

Brain chemicals (neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine) influence the way we think, feel and behave. They can be affected by what we’ve eaten. We are becoming more and more aware of the Gut/Brain connection and know that eating traditionally fermented, unpasteurized foods are the best route to optimal digestive health.
Bananas contain dopamine, a natural reward chemical that boosts your mood.

Magnesium, found in pumpkin seeds, almonds and leafy greens, is a calming mineral that gets depleted when we’re stressed.

Leafy greens, legumes, nuts and eggs: These types of foods are packed with vitamin B, which helps to create neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which calms and reduces anxiety.

Caffeine, found in tea, coffee, cola drinks and chocolate, is probably the most widely used behaviour-modifying drug in the world. We often choose to drink it if we are feeling tired and irritable, because it can give us a boost and help us to concentrate.

My main philosophy about what to eat and what to avoid is quite simple. If man has created, enhanced or adulterated a food in any way, then I greatly reduce my consumption of these foods or avoid them altogether. The chances are the molecular structure of the original food has changed due to high heat, forced pressure or some other unnatural process or procedure so our bodies no longer recognizes it as food. This is how some food allergies are created. I prefer to eat foods created by nature, as nature intended.

And last but by no means least is Water. Dehydration can contribute to poor concentration, low energy, and poor mood, so try to drink plenty of water every day and stay hydrated.

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Living Lightly on the Planet

This is a guest post written by a longtime friend of mine, Faye, who hails from New Zealand.  Faye and her husband Don also live A Simply Naturally Life, and in this post Faye tells us about their experience in creating a home , gardens and forest of their own design on what was originally bare acreage in an eco community.

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Living Lightly On The Planet  –  written by Faye

StoneWorkDon and I moved out of Auckland nearly 9 years ago to a bare 2HA on the Kaipara harbour, Northland, NZ. We were committed to living lightly on the planet.

Don had a solar water heating business and I was a school teacher. We were in our 50s, fit and healthy and were committed to living as lightly on the planet as possible. We had enough savings to pay the modest cost of the land and for our shell home and basic infrastructure.

Outside

After that we did almost all the work ourselves and paid for materials as we could afford them from our income. We had a simple shell built professionally, clad in Lawson cypress timber and using second hand doors and windows. Half the building had a concrete floor (garage and office), the rest was mud, – up to your ankles mud. It is now a leather-like earth floor which we love.

Inside

It was an ethical and practical choice to connect to the grid for power but we have kept the option open to go off the grid in future by minimizing our power demand. While our usage has remained at only 2.8kWh per day, the charges have increased over the years. On top of this we spend about $100 per year on LPG for stovetop cooking. I do a lot of preserving of seasonal fruits and we have a very efficient vestfrost freezer but no frig.

Minimising cement use (to minimise greenhouse gas emissions) was important to us so we chose a lightweight construction and used local rocks in many ways. We have planted most of the property in trees to take carbon out of the atmosphere and hope to lock it out of the air through making biochar and building timber. Don has applied 2-3 tonnes of biochar to our soil here though mostly from a generous ex charcoal producer. This has enhanced the soil structure and we hope, in time, to increase fertility and have a drought proof property.

Bottle-Wall

The house is warm in winter and cool in summer due to passive solar design. The insulation is over spec and we use drapes effectively. I love the way the winter sun comes our 4 metre bifold doors, and reflects off the mosaic floor to the ceiling. The earth floor is dark and holds the warmth well into the night. Water is heated by solar energy and we have an efficient wood stove with a wetback, although we really don’t need it. It’s cosy though, to have the fire and we have more than enough firewood. There is always some breeze here and we designed the windows to keep the house cool in summer. Our upstairs loft (our bedroom) has large opening windows which drain heat very effectively when open. We are vegetarian and eat mostly from our garden and trees. The climate here is subtropical so we produce a good variety of fresh vegetables and fruit all year round. We planted over a hundred fruit and nut trees which produce abundantly. Our avocado trees produced for the first time this year. We need to travel to Whangarei or Auckland about every 3-4 weeks for income purposes and buy our basic supplies there. Average grocery spend is less than $100 a month. We have a low – moderate income and live cheaply and simply within that. We try to only use the vehicle if it is for multiple purposes.

Guest-Cabin

Don built two cabins for WWOOFers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) and guests. They are both under 10 sq metres so didn’t need a permit. We like the idea of building one elsewhere to live in, in the future.

The whole experience of creating a home of our own design, gardens and forest has been rewarding and meaningful to us. It has fulfilled our spiritual need for creativity, kept us fit and in a rapidly diversifying natural setting. One of our joys here is hearing and seeing the proliferating bird life on our once treeless 2HA.

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Let Food be thy Medicine

Let-Food-be-thy-MedicineFor thousands of years people were aware of the healing qualities of the foods around them. That is until the last 100 years, where food production has been taken over, hijacked by the ‘Food for Profits’ industries.

Food that is artificially grown, harvested too early, stored too long and heavily sprayed with dubious products has a much harder time sharing any health giving qualities than a fresh, naturally gown, and unadulterated food.

The following are some everyday foods and some of the healing powers they can contribute to our health and well-being.

Apples
There is truth behind the old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

• Lowers blood cholesterol
• Lowers blood pressure
• Stabilizes blood sugar
• Dampens appetite
• Juice kills infectious viruses
• Prevents constipation
• Prevents tooth decay
• Helps diarrhea

Bananas
Bananas were first grown in India 4000 years ago, where they were known to help heal peptic and duodenal ulcers, as well as gastritis.

• Prevents and heals ulcers
• Lowers blood pressure
• Lowers blood cholesterol
• Helps alleviate PMS

Blue Berries
Scientists have found that Blueberries are full of anthocyanosides, which kill E-coli bacteria.

• Cures diarrhea
• Kills infectious viruses
• Helps lower blood cholesterol
• Improves blood pressure
• Helps with weight control
• Blocks damage to blood vessels

Broccoli & Cauliflower
The crucifer family of vegetables are known for their cancer fighting properties, ie indoles, dithiolthiones, carotenoids & glucosinolates.

• Lowers risk of cancer
• Protects against anemia and gum disease
• Helps maintain strong bones and teeth

Cabbage
Cabbage has been used to treat scurvy, gout, rheumatism, gangrene, asthma, tuberculosis, eye and gum disease, ulcers and cancer. It also helps purify the blood and is a great tonic especially when made into sauerkraut with the added bonus of enzymes and probiotics.

• Lowers risk of cancer, especially of the colon
• Prevents and heals ulcers ( especially the juice)
• Stimulates the immune system
• Helps kill bacteria and viruses

Onion
Onion has been used as a healing remedy for thousands of years. One of nature’s miracle healing foods, used for the heart, as a diuretic, blood pressure reducer, heart tonic . . .

• Lowers cholesterol
• Thins the blood and slows down blood clotting
• Controls blood sugar
• Destroys bacteria
• Clears bronchial congestion
• Blocks cancer

Garlic
Known around the world for its health giving healing properties garlic has been used to treat headaches, hypertension, rheumatism, asthma, hemorrhoids, ulcers, tumors, typhus, cholera, yeast infection, whooping cough, stings or bites, through the centuries.

• Fights infection
• Contains cancer preventative chemicals
• Thins the blood
• Reduces blood pressure and cholesterol
• Stimulates the immune system
• Prevents and relieves chronic bronchitis
• Acts as an expectorant and decongestant

Ginger

Read the post about the Therapeutic uses for Ginger here.

• Soothe digestive disturbances
• Alleviate nausea (great in early pregnancy)
• Prevents motion sickness
• Reduce fever
• Thins the blood
• Calm coughing and respiratory troubles
• Stimulates the circulatory system
• Helps relieve muscle aches and pain
• Can help get rid of dandruff
• Emerging evidence shows it helps lower cholesterol
• Japanese research has found Ginger is effective in lowering blood pressure and cancer risk”

Honey
Honey is another food that was used extensively in ancient medicine and scientists today confirm its amazing antibiotic abilities, which is why I put it in some of my First Aid Creams.

• Kills bacteria and disinfects wounds and sores
• Relieves diarrhea
• Sooths sore throats
• Calms the nerves, induces sleep
• Alleviates asthma

Oats
I have used oat milk baths to soothe nappy rash, eczema or any other sore or itchy rash or redness. I also put it in some of my First Aid Creams for its age old soothing and healing properties.

• Lowers blood cholesterol
• Regulates blood sugar
• Acts as a laxative
• Soothes contact dermatitis and eczema
• Helps promote weight loss
• Helps prevent cancer

Used mindfully, Food really can be our Medicine!

Source: Natures Healing Foods by Karen Davis

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