I’d heard about grounding, or earthing as it’s sometimes called, but I didn’t take it to heart until recently. This idea supports putting your bare feet into the ground, no shoes to protect you. Whether it be in the dirt, the grass, the sand, you must put your feet into the earth. I decided to go about this by taking a walk in the dark, wet sand on Whidbey Island recently, when I went up there by myself for a weekend of much-needed solitude.

I took off my shoes, put on my coat and rolled up my pants to go for a barefoot walk and really feel every step. And I loved it. Every minute of it. And I can’t wait to do it again.

I used to go barefoot everywhere all the time as a kid. And I was such a happy, joyous little kid. My mom warned me I’d end up with caveman feet if I didn’t put some shoes on every now and then and when we grow up, shoes become a necessity, so the barefoot walking stopped.

This practice is supposed to help with anxiety, depression, insomnia. I was interested in trying it out and I can definitely say that I felt relief and relaxation.

So often these days, we’re tied up on our phones, checking emails, texting, calling, listening to podcasts, listening to music etc. that we’re not often left to our own thoughts by ourselves. We surround ourselves with occupations, people and business. Most of the time we don’t even really know how to let go. My trip to Europe certainly was not letting go and now I realize the difference between a trip (an adventure) and a vacation, in which you can truly let go.

It’s also made me realize the importance of having time to ourselves. Unplug, decompress, disconnect and just be. It sounds cheesy, but there’s so much value in it. And I highly suggest trying grounding in order to do so. I want to make this a common practice in my life, as the value and the benefits are undeniable.

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