Being Outdoors and Hope?

The second most snow on Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea since record keeping started

Good Evening, God

So….I had just started to do my Centering Prayer this afternoon when I realized that I hadn’t put down my Earthing Mat. The idea is that Earthing Mats connect us to the earth — with her negative charge — and help us rebalance our body’s electrical charge. I like the idea. But, I haven’t ever noticed anything when I do this. However, this afternoon, right after I put my feet on the mat, I noticed an upwelling of HOPE!

HOPE? I had never considered that a lack of hope might be partially a result of a deficiency of outdoor time!!! A brand new idea! And a FUN one. What might be related? I considered the idea of Seasonal Affective Disorder. My mother suffered from depression linked to living in low sunlight regions — like the years we lived in the fog bank south of San Francisco. She clearly needed the benefits from sunlight.

Then there is this new idea — about the benefits of Forest Bathing. This practice started in Japan in 1982 and was intended to reduce the stress level in the general population. I haven’t tried it. But, when my wonderful husband, Kit, and I go for a walk up our valley, we do feel better afterwards. And we aren’t even practicing mindful sensory awareness — I just take photos of beautiful flowers, etc.

Another clue? Kit said that when he attended Punahou — from four year old kindergarten on — all the students had to go barefoot until the seventh grade. Hmm. I wonder what the school knew? I alway gave poi the credit for Kit’s wonderfully strong feet, bones, and teeth. But who knows? Maybe going barefoot helped too?

I do have one tiny bit of research. This is from Explore magazine: Integrative and lifestyle medicine strategies should include Earthing (grounding): Review of research evidence and clinical observations. Cimone Kamei, who is our acupuncturist, was one of the research participants. And they have photos showing better circulation after earthing.

I just wanted to say THANK YOU, God! I feel that new perspectives are really good for my brain. And why not PLAY with ideas!

Story teller,

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