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Molly Hall

Taurus Moon: Earthing

By September 26, 2010

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There's an alarming trend toward more dis-ease and lowered longevity, says cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra. He's an advocate of a free, simple way for anyone to feel better -- grounding to absorb Earth energies. I've been going barefoot and gardening barefoot for about two months now. I used to do it all the time as a kid, but as an adult, it feels like my feet are naked. I had to get over the fear I was going to step on something sharp. It takes awhile before this very natural act starts to feel natural again. I wrote about the idea that the Earth Talks to Us Through Our Feet and that's led to finding out about the health benefits.

Dr. Sinatra heads up the Heart MD Institute, and is co-author of the book, Earthing. He says Earth electrons -- which we have become disconnected from -- have a physically positive effect on heart and blood health, and the nervous system. He says, "I'm bullish on grounding as the most primitive, easiest, cheapest way of creating optimum health."

In his short intro to grounding, he mentions how the most radical ideas, are often the simplest. It's significant that the word radical means "of the roots, origins." How much of our dis-ease comes from being cut off from our roots? And how easy it could be to find our footing again.

Some keys to grounding are: wearing leather, hide or natural fiber shoes, rather than plastic/rubber; sleeping or lying on the ground; and of course, finding time to go barefoot. If you're exhausted, drained, like after air travel, Dr. Sinatra recommends slipping off your shoes and finding a patch of grass. The Earth electrons counter what he calls the "firestorm of free radicals" around us -- they put the fire out, and soothe the electromagnetic body.

Other soothers via negative ions (added electrons) are mountains and waterfalls, gem stones like rose quartz, the ocean waves, forests, thunderstorms and taking showers. The soothing Taurus Moon in opposition to Venus-Mars Scorpio can bring us back to Earth. It's timely for looking at the connection between emotional-psychic disturbances, too many positive ions (electronics, air conditioning, bad lighting, dry climates) and our separation from the ground beneath us.

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September 28, 2010 at 5:14 am
(1) Fiona says:

I just finished reading Earthing, too! It was a great read. It made me want to go back to sleeping on a futon again and using tatami mats. I never used to go around totally barefoot all day until I lived in an arid climate for about 10 years. Then I started going barefoot almost all the time, sandals when needed. I also took to sitting on cushions on the floor a lot and never really understood the draw to that. I’d never considered it Earthing until reading through this book.

September 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm
(2) Molly says:

Fiona, we’re in synch because I too was thinking of how I used to sleep on a futon — and did it feel more grounding. I had that idea that having a real bed was a step of progress, higher off the ground, when I could afford the full mattress set. I had the futon in college and early work life. Now, I can see it in a different light.
Also thought of how it’s so natural to sit on the ground in a circle, rather than in chairs.
I know it’s not always possible in colder, or urban environments, though I was surprised to hear him say the earth electrons come through concrete.

September 29, 2010 at 3:44 am
(3) Fiona says:

I was surprised about the concrete vibes, too! I guess that makes sense though. I was visiting ruins of Old Sarum in the U.K. and they had stripped that old site down to recreate Salisbury Cathedral down the road. The stone “innards” are an old form of concrete used in the middle ages. And when you ran your hand over them they had an intense energy and power. So I can see how concrete can still be very earthy.

Oh and if you do invest in a futon, I recommend a traditional Japanese one. They are so incredibly soft and amazing to sleep in. You feel a bit cocooned (but not smothered) when you sleep in one with the accompanying coverlet. They are so soft and you can stow them!

Thank you again for a blog that keeps me going day by day. ^_^

September 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm
(4) Barbara says:

Grounding makes so much sense to me. As air sign (five planets) with a moon in Capricorn and a Taurus Jupiter, I find anything connected with nature to be incredibly soothing. I’m very intrigued by your mention of concrete having grounding properties. I feel it strongly with stone. I guess I’ll search out Earthing! Thanks for this!

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