The touch of the earth is not something many of us have ever felt or feel on a regular basis. We are so wrapped up in our lives that we don’t connect or reconnect with the earth which provides us with what we need to live.
To indigenous peoples the earth is alive and touch is a wonderful healing experience. Since the earth has the power to feed us and provide us with medicine the simple act of walking barefoot, lying on the ground or sitting on the ground is a great way to relax, destress and let go of problems.
Science is showing that everything is energy so by blocking or muting good healing energy is to deprive oneself of of its benefits. We regularly put shoes between us and the earth. We clothe ourselves to protect us from the weather. We build houses and use man made materials to live in.
In effect we cut ourselves off.
I remember as a child the wonderful carefree days of summer running and playing barefoot in the grass, lying on the ground and watching the clouds or skies, rolling down the hills and playing hide and seek in the woods where we were constantly touching the plants, earth and trees.
We rarely got sick (although I did pretend to get sick because I really didn’t want to go to school that day – but that is different).
The old Native Americans could feel the life that was around them and the strongest life form for them was the earth – our mother – and to be cradle again in her bosom, even if only for a little while was very comforting.
We all could use more face time with the earth.