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Yoga Girl Daily - October 23rd 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Healing, Self-Love, Feel-Good Friday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

You know the freedom you feel after kicking your shoes off and running through the grass barefoot? Imagine if you could do that with your entire body!

This is exactly what the practice of earthing, or grounding, essentially is.

No matter where you are in the world, spend some time this weekend physically connecting with nature.

In today’s episode, Rachel shares exactly how to practice earthing, and the beautiful health benefits it has on us.

Ultimately, we are part of this earth, and the earth is part of us. Tune in the embrace it!


[00:04] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily, happy Friday, and welcome to our Feel-Good Friday practice of this beautiful, beautiful week. I have a feel-good self-care practice in mind for you today. So, this is something that you can practice anytime today, or bring with you into the weekend if you like. We are going to be practicing earthing today, earthing also known as grounding. So, there's actually a scientific component to this. It basically means that you go outside and you make direct physical contact between your body and the ground and the earth and nature. There have been some really beautiful studies made that scientifically prove that there are amazing health benefits to connecting our bodies to the ground. So, by placing our feet on the earth, you guys know that feeling, right? The feeling of having been in shoes all day long, taking your shoes off and placing your bare feet onto grass or placing your bare feet into sand or just walking barefoot outside, you know, there's something so, so, so special about that.

[01:09] Our feet are really sensitive, and we really have this ability to pick up vibrations and energy through the soles of our feet. By earthing. It means we try to connect with a bigger surface area of the body if possible. So, not just the soles of the feet, but the whole entire body if you can. I know we're getting close to end of October right now, so many parts of the world this means you're going to be wearing a jacket and pants. And all of that is great. If you're somewhere where it's warm and you want to wear less clothing, that's okay as well. But basically, you're going to head outside, find nature, so whatever you have accessible to you around. If there's a forest around you and you can do this in an actual forest, man, I am jealous. Um, you can find a park and do this, literally any place where you actually have direct access to nature, to mother earth.

[01:59] So, not in the street, right? Not in the middle of the city, but get out into nature and lay down. It's really that simple, lay down. So, the part of this that's so amazing is that the body actually charges and picks up negative ions from the ground. So, there's tons of health benefits to this, including better sleep, better mental clarity and focus. Some studies have shown that this is actually something that can help our immune system. We know that we recharge when we are in nature. So, the point of actually practicing earthing or grounding is letting yourself completely become one with the ground beneath you. So, you're not going to have your phone around. You're not going to be reading a book. You're not going to be distracted by anything else, but it's just that sacred practice of connecting to mother earth. It's so simple.

[02:51] It's something I think all of us did naturally all throughout our childhoods. I mean, for me, when I look back at summers as a child, it was basically me lying on my back in the grass, looking at the sky, finding shapes in the clouds as they passed by, you know, just lying in the grass on my back. Like that's what I did all summers as a kid. So, practicing earthing this weekend, if you want, you can even set an intention for your practice. You can have a little timer set, you know, deciding how much time you want to spend in silence, communing with nature. So, you can just completely relax and release and be in that moment with Pacha Mama in all her glory. Spend at least, I mean, I'm going to go ahead and say as much time as you can. You know, you'll know when it's time to transition, but at least 10 minutes just completely surrendering to earth.

[03:41] So, don't get cold, dress for the weather, dress for the occasion and have a beautiful time. Just reminding yourself of how intricately you are a part of this earth and how big of a part the earth is of you. We are not separate from this earth. We are all one. And we need that beautiful reminder again and again and again. So, I hope you have a good weekend. I hope you get to be out in nature. I would love to just envision all of us lying flat on our backs, out in a forest somewhere together. So, wherever you're going to be practicing this in the world, know that there are lots of people out there doing the same thing. We're all just looking for that reminder that we're not here alone. Thank you so much for tuning in with me today. Have a beautiful, beautiful weekend. Yoga Girl Daily will be back on Monday.

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