This blog was written by our dear friend, Emily Shaules, who is the Founder and CEO of www.ShiftBars.com which is set to launch very soon! We cannot stress enough how important it is to reconnect with Mother Earth, physically and also through our diet and supplements! Plant-based medicine is so powerful, especially when it is not sprayed with poisons, toxic chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides! At Be Trū Wellness™, we use only certified organic hemp and none of our products contain harmful chemicals. We are passionate about keeping our products as close to nature as possible, giving you a HEALTHY alternative to pain meds without all the side effects! We also encourage anyone who deals with chronic pain to get outside as often as possible! Connect with the earth, it’s more healing than you could ever imagine…
“The earth has music for those who listen.” George Santayana
Firstly, a belated Happy Birthday to my mother. Yes, I sent my card and called her, but I wanted to make sure she got a shout out here, too. I have never felt the calling to be a mother in this lifetime…because I know how damn hard it is! You seriously amaze me.
I went hiking this weekend and was reminded of yet another mother: Mother Nature. A lot of emotional stuff was coming up for me and I felt a deep need to be outside. Not outside as in “my backyard” – outside as in “I can’t see anything made by man as far as my eyes can see.”
This is fairly new feeling for me. You see, I grew up an indoor girl. My family lived in the Midwest suburbs (aka, no mountains) and my sister and I are very pale and had terrible allergies. So we stayed in the air conditioning a lot and never went to summer camp. After that, I lived in downtown Chicago, so I never really developed a deep appreciation for nature.
But I clearly remember the day I realized I needed a change. It was in 2008, and I had recently “gone raw.” For the first time in my life, I was eating a ton of organic veggies and leafy greens. As I became more green on the inside, I started wanting to see more green on the outside. The city just wasn’t cutting it anymore.
As I walked home from my bus stop, I caught myself unconsciously walking on the little strip of grass between the street and the sidewalk. When I asked myself why, I realized it was because it was the only time all day that I touched the earth. Like many people, I went from my home to my bus stop to my office and back again. I knew I needed to move.
Today I’m blessed to live in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Which means I am literally 10-40 minutes away from countless trails, hikes, and waterfalls. Every time I go out in the woods, I’m awed by the realization that these trees and rivers have been there for thousands, perhaps even millions of years. Talk about stillness!
This weekend, while I was sitting with my friend outside, I started to relax. And as I relaxed, I started to cry. Like being a kid in the safe arms of my mom, Mother Nature was holding me so that I could let go and release the emotions that had been stuck inside. I felt nurtured, loved and heard – even though I hadn’t said a word.
In today’s busy world, so many of us have lost that connection with our first mother, Mother Earth. We don’t remember that we are a part of nature, not separate from it. We don’t touch something green and alive every day or walk barefoot on the grass. If we eat primarily processed foods, we don’t even connect to nature through our stomachs.
So how can you reconnect with Mama Earth? Here are some ideas:
Find your spot – There are a ton of online resources to help you find trails near you. Whether you use Trails.com, or AllTrails.com, find a few options near you. There’s even a site called BringFido.com that lists trails that you can bring your dog to (for all you fur baby mothers out there!). If you live in a city, you may have to drive a bit, but it’s worth it!
Schedule it in – Even living in a hiker’s paradise like Asheville, I still have to put a date in my calendar to make sure I get out there. Let’s face it, things come up and spending time outside can fall down the list of priorities. Pencil it in and keep your plans. Time out in nature is a gift you should give yourself.
Go it alone – Now, be smart about this one. Ladies, I don’t suggest going for a midnight hike on a new trail by yourself. But going out with your dog or with someone who agrees to some silent time is a powerful practice. You will literally feel the tension and stress melt away the longer you are outside and quiet.
Ground yourself – If you simply can’t get outside for a long hike, you can still get a ton of the benefits by grounding yourself. There is emerging scientific evidence that grounding, or conductive contact with the Earth, is highly beneficial to your health and completely safe. That can mean standing in your backyard barefoot for a few minutes each day or using a grounding pad or device.
I want to know – how often do you get outside? What benefits do you feel? As always, please share your tips on our Facebook page so others can benefit from your experience.
And share any outdoor photos on Instagram with the hashtags #shiftbars and #betruwellness. I’d love to see where you go for your natural therapy!!!