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It's Called Earthing, Part II
April 29, 2013

Are those buttons protruding from this yearlings head?

I do believe so.

We had the pleasure of watching this his young buck and his sister grow up over much of the past year (with their mom).

Soon the yearling bucks will be on their own, as mom chases them away, and she starts a new family within the next few weeks.

It is not uncommon for a yearling doe to give birth, and they usually stay close to mom and other females, forming a herd.

The young bucks are encouraged to move on to establish their own territory, and to deter inbreeding.

Do I dare say it?

Has spring finally come to the Great Lakes Region?

Day temperatures in the 60's and 70's degrees Fahrenheit.

Windows are open and I can listen to the birds and the wind-chimes.

Flood waters continue to recede.

Daffodils and Hyacinth are finally blooming.

Even the Primrose are showing off.

The Red maple (Acer rubrum) is also in bloom (pictured).

Just like that, there is grass to mow, and a plethora of things to do and get done.

We needed the rain.

Maybe not all at once, but most of the Great Lakes Basin was in a pretty severe drought.

I know, many of you still suffer from drought conditions, and are prayed for daily.

If you have seen the Big Lakes, you may understand the magnitude of what i am about to say.

Since Friday morning, Lakes Michigan and Heron (actually one huge lake), the the past twelve days have increased in water levels by 6 inches and climbing.

That makes a good 8 plus inches this month alone, and rising.

Yes, rivers and more rain, still pour into the lakes.

That is a lot of water my friends.

Bird migration continues.

This week's special ...........

White-throated sparrows.

Most years, I will see one or two as they pass through to their breeding ground to the north.

This year I have had more than a dozen of these guests, and they are in no hurry to leave.

This bird will also scratch or hop back and forth, as it forages.

We still have a few Juncos, and the Northern cardinal population is still in full force.

Especially in the evening when they come to feed.

With territorial rights, it is unusual for me to see more than one pair in my yard, this time of year.

For the past several evenings, I am counting a healthy eight pair of cardinals.

Before I continue with Part II on Earthing, I must get a few things straight.

No matter what healing powers earthing has.

No matter what else we may do.....................

We are still responsible for our health.

That means a proper diet.

Eating reasonably healthy.

Getting a bit of exercise in on a regular basis.

Getting proper rest.

And of course, drinking enough water.

If we don't take care of ourselves, no amount of prescriptive pills.

No amount of vitamins.

No amount of playing in the dirt.

Is really going to help.

Earthing Part II


(Blue Heron)

I grew up a country boy.

We played and ran around barefoot.

We worked the garden barefoot.

Cut off shorts, bareback and no shoes.

It was a way of life.

There wasn't a summer day that didn't go by that we weren't dirty from head to toe.

We were also (on the most part) a pretty healthy lot.

The neighbors too.

Now, I live in suburbia (not by choice).

Still, you can't take the country out of the boy.

I still walk around and work bare foot when I can.

To this day, Karen calls me her 'Redneck Husband'.

I'm still honored by that :-)

Call it Grounding or Earthing.

It still means Direct Contact with the Earth.

Last week I mentioned this on earthing

"Negatively charged electrons from the surface of the earth wash up and over our positively charged, stressed, and inflamed body.

This process neutralizes us from the inside out.

The feeling is the same feeling you and I get when we are in nature.

Hands in the soil.

Bare feet on the grass.

Bare feet on the beach.

Sitting on the ground.

Leaning against a tree.

Stress relief."

Any contact with earth is all it takes.

Let's continue.......

The earth is such a comfortable force, and its odd to wonder why others don't seek its release more often.

To many people want the fast paced, city life.

Then wonder why they are so stressed and ache at every joint.

Yet, when it's vacation time.................. where to the masses flow?

Camping, hiking, fishing......

Beaches, boating, swimming.

Nature, give me nature.

The need to feel the earth.

(Read some on American Indian Cultures. You will see, they knew the healing gifts from earth.)

Still, so many of us sit behind desks, in front of computers, closed in huge buildings.

Away from the sun and direct contact (grounding) with earth.

Away from birds, flowers and soothing nature.

Even when we are outside getting some sunshine and fresh air, we aren't directly in contact with the soil.

Shoes or boots effectively separate people from God's healing energy of the earth.

Here is what Happens.

A natural build up of free radicals ( a relatively new term, or so it seems) leads to inflammation and cell damage.

(How important it is now to pump our selves with antioxidants, More than a normal diet should require.)

Some experts now blame the modern day shoe as one of the main culprits of autoimmune diseases and inflammation in our lives.

It isn't the shoes per say, footwear is made better every year.

About 40 to 50 years ago, shoes and boots started to come with 'Rubber heals and souls'

Gone are the leather bottoms of footwear.

Indeed, a leather soul is hard to find.

Rubber is an insulator, Leather and other natural materials allow for for the negatively charged electrons from earth to flow and cleanse.

Modern Day People Are Disconnected All Day Long.

We live in insulated homes, work in protected buildings.

Sit on cushy chairs lifted off the ground.

We then sleep in fluffy mattresses that are far removed from any natural surface.

American Indians, and many cultures in third world countries still sleep on the ground.

Shoes, what shoes.

Indigenous people wore leather moccasins, always in contact with earth.

Sleeping in direct contact with the ground.

Modern day homesteaders make a living working the land.

Constant contact with earth.

Grounding, earthing.

Rarely are these people sick (sniffles, colds, flu, etc.).

A ruptured disk, or muscle pull isn't in the same ballpark.

I'm talking common illness, depression, and arthritis.

In many cases, certain women issues are minimized.

The Earth Can do all of That?

That and more.

(I keep telling you that God is good.)

We see people getting more and more drained, and disconnected.

More and more sickness and diseases.

(Yes some of this comes from all of the chemicals and other stuff we ingest).

It seems like now days, 3 out of 4 kids are diagnosed ADHD or something like that.

When I was a kid (or anyone over 50 years of age), there was no such thing, or so rare we were clueless.

But then, 50 years ago, we were still considered rural countries, and most of us made a living or had daily contact with earth.

We played and worked hard.

We got dirty.

We were pretty healthy.

I'm sure you slept pretty well too.

Even if you are too busy to get connected with earth, spend time when you can.

Touching her........


Get grounded.

Walk barefoot in the yard or garden.

Get on your knees to pull weeds (the stains wash out).

Tumble around on the ground with kids and grand kids.

Read a book while barefoot.

Rub your bare hands in the soil.

Science is just beginning to learn what you and I have pretty much known for most of our lives.

The earth is good.

Being grounded has therapeutic and healing powers.

Mother Earth is literally waiting just outside the door with a ready to use source of healing and soothing electrons.

A source ready to speed well-being to every cell in you body.

Every sore and aching muscle.

Every headache and stressed out organ and joint in your body.

There is so much healing in earth, that every human can tap into it the source remains.

Many people, including me, talk about the restorative benefits of gardening and the reasons why it makes us feel good.

Just being in nature is already therapeutic, but actively connecting with nature through gardening adds value.

And why is that you may ask?

All sorts of reasons.

It’s a meditative practice

It’s gentle exercise.

It’s fun.

it allows us to be nurturing and to connect with life on a fundamental level.

And some recent research has added another missing piece to the puzzle.

It’s in the dirt.

Or to be a little more specific, a strain of bacterium in soil.

Pay Attention Now.

Mycobacterium vaccae, has been found to trigger the release of serotonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety.

On top of that, this little bacterium has been found to improve cognitive function and possibly even treat cancer and other diseases.

Which means that contact with soil, through gardening or other means, is beneficial.

How did this discovery come about?

Mary O’Brien, an oncologist at Royal Marsden Hospital in London, first stumbled upon these findings while inoculating lung cancer patients with a strain of M. vaccae (pronounced “emm vah-kay”) to see if their symptoms improved.

She noticed that in addition to fewer cancer symptoms, patients also demonstrated an improvement in emotional health, vitality, and even cognitive function

Studies continue.

From dirt................................

How wonderful is Creation?

Instead of spending huge amounts of money to toss vitamins, supplements and anti-depressants down our throat to minimize the damage caused by free radicals........

You can touch the ground, that is all it takes.

Whether you spend a day earthing, as you work your gardens, touching crops, leaning against a tree, or cleaning the dirt from your nails....

You can feel how earth holds us.

How natural it is to be supported by her.

Earth comforts us, it literally washes away our stress and free radicals.

Earth calms and fortifies.

Next week, I will touch on earthing and kids.

Well it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

"The only explanation for a Christian's life has to be the existence of God.
Otherwise, it makes no sense."

Oswald Chambers

I'm not talking about a senseless, or wild approach to life.

But seeking His wisdom and revelation.

"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better".

Ephesians 1:17

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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