My grandparents are one of a kind. That’s the only way to describe them because for my whole life, they’ve been two unique personalities that have shaped me. Along the way, they’ve taught me a ton of lessons, so it was hard to narrow it down to make a list. But one of them I would always bear in mind is the idiomatic phrase “keep your feet on the ground”, means wherever you go what ever you do, do not forget where you belong, what you love, what you care for most. Do not forget who brought you up and stood by you in all times, stayed up in all darkness to comfort you.
Recently, Ed and I, as always having our productive and meaningful weekend getaway, this time at Punggol Waterway Park. The park offers a variety of scenery, which make the morning walk more worthwhile. One of my favorite things to do on weekends is to take a morning walk in the park. It makes me appreciate the simple things in life a lot more. Walking in the park during early hours opens up opportunities to see different scenes and portraits and open my mind to a new perspective.
After a long walk, we had a perfect breakfast by the lake. Nothing beats the feeling of being barefooted and even lying on the ground. Listening to the background music of the birds chirping, ah! the psithurism of the trees that sway from side to side gives me a feeling of power, as in totally energized and so much gratitude in my heart.
Suddenly I remember one of the videos I watched about being barefooted on the ground. Walking barefoot, also known as “earthing,” has gone from being a kooky counter-culture trend, to a scientifically-researched practice with a number of remarkable health advantages, such as increasing antioxidants, reducing inflammation, and improving sleep.
And now I remember my grandparents again. I realized that keeping your feet on the ground is not just an idiomatic expression but has health benefits. Early studies have shown that the health benefits come from the relationship between our bodies and the electrons in the earth. The planet has its own natural charge, and we seem to do better when we’re in direct contact with it! Sounds amazing, right?
I thought I can only get Vitamin D when I interact with nature but now I learned that I need Vitamin G as much as Vitamin D!
There are many ways to ground yourself. One is to simply breathe deeply and feel yourself in the here and now, on this beautiful earth as the person you are.
Yoga, of course, is a great way to feel grounded. By the way, have you ever noticed that when you take a vacation and go to a beach, you tend to get really amazing sleep? A lot of people actually fall asleep at the beach before they can even make it back inside. Now you know it’s not a coincidence; it’s the natural response of someone who finally gets connected with the earth again.
It is good for the soul as well as the physical body, so do take every opportunity you can to get grounded and enjoy!