Staying Grounded

Image      I spent my morning “earthing”. Haven’t heard of it? It’s the idea that the earth is negatively charged and when we are in direct contact with it, bare feet, bare hands in the soil, it neutralizes our positively charged bodies. So many in our modern culture are never in direct contact with the earth. Shoes, sidewalks, gardening gloves. The more I think about it the more it makes sense. My boys spend at least a part of every day climbing trees, digging in dirt, and they are seldom sick and (almost) always happy! My kids love this idea,”See, Mom, who needs shoes?” Now I can attest, everything I’ve read about it must be true……

Today I worked in the good old dirt. Baby Lucy slept in her stroller nearby. The other kids were by turns painting salamanders in their nature notebooks. Kindly modeled by the few they caught yesterday afternoon. My oldest son worked along side me. I love how he uses the shovel, like a little man. He loves to shovel. Turning the garden soil. Asking if he can have “a bit o’earth” for a salsa garden this year. He helps me prune the apple trees then wanders away.

The sun is warm on my face. My small flock of backyard chickens makes their contented little noises. There is a small creek that runs between our lot and that of our neighbors, it sings it’s water song as it meanders it’s way along. All the stress and troubles drift away and my thoughts are pleasant ones. I love my “bit o’earth”. I love my faithful tulips and hyacinths and the hopeful purple-red phlox shoots that are there waiting for me to discover them on spring days like today.  I love my good old chives with their delicate oniony smell. They make me think of tender baby potatoes and butter. I even love the black berries that valiantly try to take over my gardens every spring. My neighbor just doesn’t get why I don’t buy some Round Up and get rid of them once and for all. He already think I’m a little crazy, seven kids, homeschooling, chickens…….so I won’t tell him that I like my yearly battle with the black berries. It makes me feel like an over-comer to go out there with leather gloves and clippers and fill the wheelbarrow with brambles a few times. It helps me remember that I am strong ’cause sometimes I forget.

When my hands are in the soil and the sun is warm on my body sometimes I experience perfect complete contentment. Like this morning, and I breathe in deep and I feel it in my whole being. My heart is full of praise because I know that the creator of the whole universe has extended his grace to me. I lift my face to the sun. I am so happy. I am standing in His presence, on His good earth, and He has washed all my sins away and made me as white as snow.

“Therefore if any (girl) be in Christ, she is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are new, And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ; as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be reconciled to God! For He hath made Him sin who knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor 5:17-21Image

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9 thoughts on “Staying Grounded

  1. Working in the garden has always been a joy, the dirty knees and soil beneath my fingernails. I’ve never been able to wear gloves. I’ve lost this time though since I started homeschooling. Need to reclaim it! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • I know I am not able to do as much gardening either with school on full swing but it is an easy hobby to incorporate into our school days too. We live in a neighborhood so we don’t have a lot of room but I do keep an herb garden, a few vegi beds and of course my flowers. I hope to model for my kids the ability to find pleasure in the simple, homey things in life.

  2. We started really “earthing” last summer and slept so much better. A new concept these days but makes total sense! Just wish there weren’t snakes and slugs in my garden or I’d be out there more!

    • I have had to get over my silly fear of germs that I’ve adopted somewhere in my adult life. We grew up barefoot, outside, never heard of gardening gloves and we were all amazingly healthy kids! The only thing that scares me now (mostly) is cats…ewwww

  3. I’ve never heard the term “earthing” but my boys definitely spend a lot of time doing it, and like you said, they are very rarely sick. I was thinking on this the other day as I realized that almost every family in our church had a sick child this week, and I was wondering why my kids seemed to be blessed with oddly good health. My youngest (3) has never been to the doctor except one visit to see about a strange mole on her neck. The only thing I really do different than some parents seems to be that we do not vaccinate AT ALL, we stay FAR away from dr offices except in emergencies (no well baby checkups, I know if my kids are well or not thank you very much) and I actually don’t bathe my children every single day. In fact, in winter I probably bathe them only once or twice a week. I wonder if that has anything to do with their immune systems. Any thoughts? BTW, I love this beautiful blog!! So glad you stopped by Mommy Meditations so that I could find you :o)

    • Well, thank you for the kind comment! You sound like us as far as the Dr’s go! We also have been blessed with healthy kids, healthy pregnancies and beautiful home births! My Mom always says that kids should be outdoors every day for at least a little while, regardless of the weather. I think fresh air and exercise have a lot to do with it. Of course, eating unprocessed whole foods and practicing good hand washing help as well. Earthing is a wonderful concept and effortless to apply. Direct contact with the earth literally recharges us and our modern culture has lost that connection leaving it disconnected, inflamed, anxious, and depressed. I must say though that of our seven children our two oldest were fully vaccinated, the middle boys partially vaccinated and our three littlest girls have not received any vaccinations. In our family we have definitely noticed a correlation between less vaccines and an over all healthier childhood.

  4. Yes. Even science and the medical have now “discovered” that the earth is good for you. It actually has the same substance in it that they “make” into the drugs they use for anxiety and depression. Remember our huge garden, and how many hours we spent in the dirt, then eating the fruit of our labors? We don’t need any medical panels to tell us about this stuff!

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