I hate wearing slippers. I have never liked them.

There, I said it.

You may not realize it but this is almost shameful to admit this for a Hungarian. Though I have lived extensively in the US and have been leading a nomadic traveler lifestyle for the past nearly 6 years, I am originally from and was brought up in Hungary. One of the many weird cultural habits of Hungarians are slippers or “house shoes”. As soon as you get home, you take off your outdoors shoes (duh! That is not the weird part!) and automatically put on your slippers or whatever else you have for “house shoe”. If you have guests coming over you automatically offer them slippers. You would rarely catch a Hungarian walking around in their socks or barefoot at home.

The rare exception is me. Even as child I hated my slippers. I always forgot to wear them or took them off right away leaving them in random parts of our house. This didn’t change as an adult. Last year when I was visiting Hungary I felt embarrassed at workshops and rhythms classes being the only one not using the slippers provided.

But walking barefoot (or in socks in the winter) just feels natural.

Of course, if I think about it, walking on stone, wood or carpet is not that natural. Being barefoot is, but the material walked on is not.

Now move this outside: walking barefoot on grass, dirt or sand is, however, one of the most natural things you can do. It is also extremely healthy and healing.

It is called Earthing.

Earthing is basically walking (or standing) barefoot on the Earth. This practice is literally ground out your body to the electrical field of the Earth and allows beneficial free electrons to transfer from the Earth into your body.

Earthing is essential for our health and for our bodies to function properly. In the past of course, this wasn’t such a big deal, but in our modern lives we wear thick shoes made of rubber or other unnatural materials and spend most of our days indoors, off the ground, isolated from the energy provided by the Earth. We are not exposed to the electro-magnetic frequencies of the Earth as much as we need to if at all.

We need to make an effort to actually to some Earthing. However, it is not so difficult. It only takes 10-15 minutes out of your day. Take off your shoes, go outside and walk around on the ground barefoot. Or just stand there. Feel the warmth of the Earth. Feel the connection to the Earth. Feel the energy.

When Earthing you will not only receive necessary energy from the Earth, but you will feel grounded, you will feel more relaxed, you will stimulate trigger points, you will reduce inflammation and you will experience increased energy. Most importantly, you will experience a special connection with the Universe and with nature. Connecting to nature is important. You are not only a (w)holistic being as an individual but you are part of an amazing (w)holistic Universe. You are connected to nature. You are connected to the Earth. Earthing is just a great reminder of this connection.

Earthing is incredibly healing physically, mentally and spiritually, in my beliefs one of the top most healing habits you can develop. So throw away (ok, just take off!) your shoes right now and walk around the garden! “I dont need a passport to walk on this earth Anywhere I go ’cause I was made of this earth I’m born of this earth, I breathe of this earth And even with the pain I believe in this earth”

kat galKat Gal is a holistic health & happiness coach working with women who are craving to be themselves. As she allows her clients to discover their dreams and intuition, they feel empowered to get out of the roller-coaster of chronic emotional and physical pain, and  enter into a world of confidence, self-love, energy, happiness, health and freedom.

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