Mother Earth goes by many names: Gaia, Mother Nature, Great Mother, Gaea, and many more. She is the embodiment of the entirety of the natural world. She is the oceans and other bodies of water, the trees, the flora and fauna, the animals, the rain, the snow, the birdsong, the breeze.
We used to live in constant contact with Mother Earth, but now most of us run from house to car to building to car to house never really interacting with the elements. Our homes, buildings, and vehicles are temperature controlled, the roofs and windows keep out the rain and snow, artificial lights keep us productive whenever we desire. Many commercial buildings have inoperable windows and are then required to run some sort of ventilation system at all times, recycling canned air through our lungs.
All of this disconnect from our natural world, our real environment, creates myriad health issues. Our circadian rhythms are off, leading to sleep issues. Our bodies don’t have the ability to be exposed to a variety of temperatures, which weakens our immune systems. Germs are constantly recirculated through environments and people, changing ever so slightly each time so that we are constantly sick. Vitamin D levels are at record lows, leaving us depressed and moody.
Ways to reconnect with Mother Earth’s mojo
Fortunately, there are many options for reconnecting:
- You can start by taking a walk, even when it’s cold and snowy.
- Open the windows in your house; in Germany, and in other countries, it’s customary to have the bedroom window opened a crack year-round.
- When the weather is good, walk barefoot or just rest your bare feet on the ground.
- You can purchase grounding sheets for your bed so that you are physically connected to the Earth’s natural current while sleeping. This is comparable to walking barefoot.
- Push yourself to not run the air conditioner so much and instead breathe in the fresh air and allow your body to feel the natural temperature changes.
- Soak in the sunshine for about 15 minutes a day.
- Purchase full spectrum light bulbs and place them in key light fixtures. I like them in my kitchen and in my reading spot.
- Wake and rest with the sunrise and sunset. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, and alarm clock with a wake light is very beneficial. This is the one I have, but there are other options available.
- Forget the sunglasses in winter, unless safety requires it.
- Get your hands in the soil.
- Take a walk through a greenhouse.
- Have plants and flowers in your home and work space.
- Push your boundaries a bit and try not to always be comfortably warm when outside, especially as the seasons change. Let yourself feel the coolness and your body will adapt.
What more can you add? Comment below to share your favorite way to connect with Mother Earth.