Category Archives: Mindfulness

Grounding as ecotherapy

Many have known since the beginning of time that Nature, affectionately call “Mother Earth” – is rich with healing properties. And those healing benefits are free for the taking!
Not only can we access this healing by walking directly on the ground barefoot, but also when wearing conductive shoes (even on city sidewalks – concrete is just reconstituted sand and water and conductive to the earth). Once connected, one’s feet are able to get the amazing nutrients in the form of electrons back into our bodies. This is called “grounding” (also known as earthing). Recent scientific studies now show that being outside just inhaling nature’s natural fragrances and viewing greenery and trees can positively contribute to ones health and well being.

Forest Bathing
The Japanese long ago called it “forest bathing” — the mere act of looking at nature through a window proved beneficial. New books such as Nature Fix) and the just released NBC video lauding new research, attest to the healthful benefits. https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/-ecotherapy-suggests-the-park-over-pills-1103573571817
So, get outdoors, take a stroll in a park or garden patch and breathe in what is your birthright. We believe literally being grounded is by far the best way to benefit even more so. We encourage barefoot tootsies making direct contact with the ground or wearing grounding footwear such as ours, called pluggz (www.pluggz.com) are even more advantageous, of course. And you’ll be super comfy and look great in the process!

 

 

Screen-Shot-2013-08-16-at-3_06_45-PM-275x300Meditation isn’t a state of being devoid of all thoughts.  It also isn’t some type of escapism, of “getting away from it all.”   Rather, it’s about tuning IN, being present and aware–and being mindful of yourself.

You choose what you want to concentrate on.  You can’t escape having worries, but you can choose not to focus on them, or on any negative thoughts, while focusing on things like who you are, what goals you have, what’s important to you and other things.

Should you do it lying down?  Actually, no, because you just might fall asleep.  Sit  comfortably in a chair.

Do you need a lot of time?  It’s like anything else–make it a priority and schedule it into your day.  We know someone who actually puts “eat lunch” on her daily calendar, because she tends to get so wrapped up in her projects she’ll forget,  Then her blood sugar drops, she becomes shaky and tired and can’t finish the day.  So she needs that reminder.

We once knew an executive who meditated every day at 5:30 PM no matter what–if he was out of the office, he’d just find a quiet place so he could stick to that schedule.

“In many ways, meditation will leave you feeling so refreshed you might find that you actually have more time.  Deepak Chopra once told The Huffington Post:  “In life’s paradoxical way, when we spend time meditating on a regular basis, we actually have more time. When we meditate, we dip in and out of the timeless, spaceless realm of consciousness… the state of pure awareness that is the source of everything that manifests in the universe. Our breathing and heart rate slow down, our blood pressure lowers, and our body decreases the production of stress hormones and other chemicals that speed up the aging process and give us the subjective feeling that we are “running out of time.”

To learn more, watch this video from Deepak Chopra: