I found out something fascinating today.
Walking barefoot in the grass is magical. Like literally and figuratively.
I have long been drawn to taking my shoes off and walking through the grass. There’s just something so calming and gentle about it.
Turns out, there’s also something scientific about it.
So today, I found this entire article about how walking barefoot through the grass (officially called “earthing” btw) resets your entire body through electron transfer with the earth. It helps regulate our body rhythms.
Ok, even to me that might sound a little woo-woo. But there’s got to be something to this right? Because doesn’t just the suggestion of walking barefoot in the grass make you want to do it right now?
If you really think about it, shoes do insulate us from the world, don’t they? They disconnect us from the Earth one level.
And that’s before you add flooring and rugs and carpet and cars and concrete….
And if I really start to think about it, my feet barely touch the actual ground during the day and my face barely gets shone the sun. I wake up, get ready (vinyl) and go to my car, which is parked in the garage (concrete). I get a bit of sun through the windshield on my way to work.
Drop off the kids (sidewalk). Go into work (concrete). Don’t see any nature for 8 hours, except when I take a break outside (all paved). Then I go home and I might, only might, go outside. And I might, only MIGHT run my bare feet through the grass.
That’s a whole lot of disconnect between me and nature. And between me and the real actual earth in particular.
Guess what I did on my lunch break today? I totally kicked off my shoes to try and absorb a few electrons…er…run my feet through the tickle of the grass.
Whether or not this reset my body, it was an enjoyable experience. Research says it may have lowered cortisol and inflammation levels. I do know that it provided gentle stimulation, it provided a dose of green, it gave me a real connection to the earth, it gave me a little stress relief, at least for a few moments.
I challenge you too, dear #flasher, to kick your own shoes off and allow your feet to “feel” and experience something living and be part of the flow of Earth’s electrons.
Alright, #flashme your bare feet in the grass!