Archive for the ‘Earthing’ Category

Interspecies Communication For Health

June 30, 2016

Interspecies Communication – what a mouthful! Leadership for Sustainability- another mouthful! Yet, we will be hearing more about both, and they represent seeds of hope for an exciting healthier future for all of us Earthlings.

We treasure awesome moments when we connect with an animal, bird, or plant or when we sit in absolute stillness. Since 1900, many Eastern forms of meditation: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, Zazen, Buddhist, Taoist, Christian, Vipassana, Metta, and more have helped us here in the US to still our hyperactive minds.

Perhaps we need to look to Interspecies Communications (IC) for leaders who can help us communicate positively with each other and the rest of life on Earth. Science warns us that if we want to enjoy good health, we need to maintain safe water and food supplies, save our remaining forests, stop polluting the oceans, figure out how to speak to each other with respect and maintain the diversity needed to survive and thrive.

An IC Google search brings up several researchers with compelling stories of their work interviewing animals. Universities are developing Masters programs in IC and Leadership for Sustainability.

This week I read “The Last Wild”, a junior children’s book by Piers Torday. Written as fiction, The Last Wild is about finding a cure for the strange fatal disease called Red Eye in an overdeveloped corporate world of Facto. The book reads like a cross between Orwell’s “1984” and Anna Breytenbach’s  work relaying messages from animals in her native S. Africa.

Jon Young’s, “What The Robin Knows: How birds reveal the secrets of the natural world” is even more encouraging! Young studies birds and deciphers the signals a robin, one of the most expressive birds, uses to send out warnings that are different for a hawk or a cat and more. Other birds and animals understand robin language. Each animal and bird species has a language other species understand.

We do respond to many of the sounds birds make to warn us of storms or when a nest is being raided. We have been expanding our ability to speak other people languages. Bacteria and viruses are certainly teaching us that we are not the grandest tigers in the jungle. What might we learn from other species that will help us all to move toward  healthy lives?

What if we never built a road or building without first tuning in to what would be most beneficial to all species?  It is no longer far-fetched to think Interspecies Communication is possible on a much larger scale than ever.  We have an urgent call. Time to tune in.

What’s Diversity got to do with Health?

November 17, 2015

Where do we go from here? Is our land use spinning out of control? What do we need to do to reclaim a once-healthy planet? Why do we need so much health care? How evolved are we as humans? Given the wide array of eco-prophets, who should we believe? “Diversity” seems to be the persistent buzz-word today. Do we even grasp what is meant by diversity? What or who is included?

On the morning news, we hear a Portugese woman lamenting the fact that the forest around her is disappearing, turned into a monoculture by some corporation. We read that Montreal is dumping sewage in the St. Lawrence River. Even on a temporary basis, this makes no sense. In NH, forests are being cut up in wide swaths for power lines, windmills, and natural gas lines. Our consciousness is being tweaked around our interference with wildlife by trophy hunting for bobcats or other wildlife, just for fun, not for sustenance. Why do we take pleasure in such action? We would be considered bizarre to value human trophies.

Who or what is included in the necessary diversity to keep a healthy balance on Earth? In our fetish with cleaning products and dishwashers, what are we eliminating that would probably keep us healthy? How are we contributing to the genocide of the very species that have protected or nourished us in the past? Why do we need evidence that we are wiping out a species as crucial to our food supply as bees to begin to reign in our use of pesticides? What can we do to change this scenario?

It is clear to us now that we do not have dominion over the other species, which, with us, share the Earth. Something as invisible as bacteria could wipe us out, no problem. Monoculture farming with GMO seeds and their pesticides ruin our soil and wipe out healthful nematodes and other beneficial organisms that supported our produce in the past, all of which puts us on a downward spiral for health.

We know that nature will survive. In the area around Chernobyl, uninhabitable by humans since the 1986 nuclear disaster, wildlife and plant life are making adjustments and thriving.

The point is: how interested are we, as humans, in surviving? How willing are we to recognize our dependence on the whole caboodle of life on Earth? At this season of Thanksgiving, how can we reach out and give thanks to all the beings that naturally act to keep the web of life we share healthy? How can we do our share?

Earthing For Health

August 20, 2015

Clinton Ober, a pioneer in the cable TV industry, discovered real health benefits for what he calls Earthing, his term to describe going barefoot outside or having bare-skin contact with special conductive mats or sheets indoors that are connected to the ground (via an outlet or wire). His book, Earthing, explores this simple remedy that relieves conditions, sometimes deadly, that are created by various kinds of inflammation.

Inflammation – that is the buzzword alive on the internet. A variety of providers are in on the act with expensive diagnostics and products. However, to explore Earthing, we don’t have to buy lots of products that help to ground us to the earth; anyone can try going barefoot for free and keep track of the changes.

Natural energy from the earth may be the ultimate anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging medicine. Those of us who grew up going barefoot from the time school let out in June until our feet stretched out to the next size by September, know something about how good that felt and how strong and healthy we were by summer’s end.

I realize that chores to help with the gardening, putting food by for winter, building huts in the woods, swimming, and more, were all part of summer, but those activities all kept us in close contact with the earth’s energy.

We wore leather-soled shoes to school, great conductors that have been replaced by synthetic soles that insulate us from the earth’s energy by means of an outsole, midsole, insole, footbed, cushioning, and sock liner. A guaranteed energy blockout.

It took us a while to toughen up the soles of our feet as kids. This week, I tried toughening up my foot soles for a few days and then decided to hike around the Smart’s Brook loop barefooted. Hardly into the hike along the Pine Brook Trail, I stepped on some dog pooh. I knew immediately what I had stepped on! It was not mud and definitely not the soft pine needles I had in mind. With the help of a nearby sapling stump and a root that conformed to my foot arch, the pooh was eliminated and any remains swiped out in the next mudhole. Nature does provide.

Half way up the trail, I decided to call it for round one and headed back to my car. We do need to reconnect to nature, to the earth, and I will continue to explore Earthing. I will also continue to oppose power lines that threaten our possibilities to connect with the earth, that threaten to wipe out the wildlife we need to keep our ecosystem in balance.

My only advice at this point is that if you decide to try Earthing, watch your step!