We get lost…
Lost in our thoughts…
Lost in our day.
It’s easy to lose track of our priorities and what’s truly important. Just like a computer or phone that’s been on too long, sometimes we need to reset. We need to get back to basics, start over, and build from there. While each person is different and has their own needs, spending some time in Nature is almost universally beneficial for us.
We are from the Earth. Our ancestors lived in caves, huts, under trees, and with the land. We hunted, gathered, and farmed. All non-domestic animals live this way. While technological advances and a migration to city centers have separated us from this direct connection with the Earth, it is still present within each of us.
Let’s remember to get back to basics.
Let’s take a moment to get grounded and then move forward.
Get Grounded through Nature.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
I admit: I sometimes forget. Even though I feel amazing after spending time in Nature, I sometimes get too caught up in my day-to-day world to make time for the outdoors. I get too overwhelmed, preoccupied, and lost in to-do lists. I forget.
But when I remember to escape the material world and spend time in the natural world, it’s therapeutic. Nature moves at a slower rhythm – a calm and consistent pace. Just the act of spending some quiet time in nature allows us to slow down and pay attention.
“The earth has music for those who listen.” ― George Santayana
It allows us to get out of our heads. With phones, tablets, computers, televisions, desk jobs, and a million things to do, many of us live in our heads. We’ll be driving our car and already thinking about what will happen when we arrive, or distracted with our phone as we drive. We will be there… but not there.
Being grounded is being present in your body, not lost in your thoughts.
Have you ever seen someone washing the insulators of a transmission tower? Probably not, but companies do it to avoid flash-overs which could leave you without electricity.
These workers will sometimes be 50 m. (164 ft.) up in the air, working with hundreds of thousands of volts of electricity all around them, and spraying (conductive) water! They’re able to do this by staying grounded.
This means that if electricity jumps and follows their water stream back to them, it will then follow their grounding cable, and head directly to the earth. If this occurs and the worker is not grounded, the results would most likely be fatal.
This is a good metaphor for our lives. When we’re grounded with a steady base, if we have a problem or bad situation, we can allow it to pass and move on. If we’re not grounded, and instead stuck up in the air, lost in our thoughts – a bad incident can be very damaging. We will think and think, relive and rehash the event. We can get stuck and even metaphorically electrocuted.
But why nature?
Apart from Nature allowing us to unwind, breathe clean air to detoxify, and learn from our surroundings, there is scientific research into this. Without getting into many details, grounding (or earthing) allows us to receive the free electrons available on the surface of the earth to balance or many-times over positively charged bodies.
There are studies indicating some people have found relief from inflammation and joint discomfort via grounding. This is many times achieved by being barefoot in (wet) grass or sleeping while grounded. If you’re interested, you can search for more info on google or read more here.
But apart from science, we can just take a walk in Nature to feel it for ourselves. We can open our eyes, ears, mind, and close our mouths. Relax. Listen…
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir
We’re from Nature and it’s important that we return when we can. Today (Thursday) I am heading to Lake Rapel here in Chile and will be without internet or distractions until Sunday.
I hope to sit, rest, write, read, think, not-think, relax, sleep, ground myself, reset, and come back reconnected. Much as I did a few months when I wrote Disconnect to Reconnect, I’m happy to take a few days away in order to return with a renewed sense of direction. Have a great weekend and get out for a hike or to a park if you can.
“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock
Get Grounded through Nature.