Have you ever heard of earthing?
If not, it's the practice of getting your bare feet on the earth, or lying down outside, where you can benefit from all the great energy that the earth gives off. Something about electrons.
I'll be honest - when I first read about it, I threw it into the box with coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils - all things that I believed would be beneficial, but which are also probably hyped up a bit more than is necessary so that people can profit from it. (Don't get me wrong, I believe every one of these things has their place in contributing to a healthier lifestyle, but I wouldn't turn my world upside down to incorporate them into my life more.)
But then I remembered something.
Look, I had an amazing and blessed childhood in a lot of ways, but there was also a lot of emotional turmoil. I would not call the house that I grew up in "healthy," and so I feel justified in admitting that despite all of the advantages of my upbringing there was still a lot of emotional, mental, and spiritual toxicity to wade through.
But the backyard was almost entirely flagstone patio.
And during the summer months I would go outside almost every single day and lie down on the flagstone, on my stomach. And I would stay there until I felt better. Had you asked me back then what I was doing, I would have said- "It's warm. It feels good." But now I know that there was more to it than just that. Something in me would shift whenever I had one of these stone sessions.
Without even knowing what earthing was, or why people would do it, I was "earthing" almost every day. Because I needed it. It was the only way I knew how to keep myself balanced.
It has been years since I was able to do that, due primarily to living in spider-infested locales, but this weekend I found myself utterly drained, dealing with a resurgence of chronic pain, imbalanced, and needing an easy way to get back as much energy as possible. I was visiting my mother, so I borrowed one of her beach quilts and took it out to her driveway (not the lawn! No! Way too many spiders!), spread it out, and laid there on the asphalt for almost an hour. I wondered if it would have the same effect on me.
It did. I didn't sleep. I didn't even think about much of anything. I just laid there, felt the warmth of the sun-soaked ground, and occasionally flipped from my back to my stomach (laying on stone or asphalt is by no means comfortable but it's not that bad if you shift every now and then).
Earthing is truly one tried and true technique that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone with chronic pain, fatigue, lack of energy, or just a whirlwind of emotions.
The other is a brief visualization* that always has me feeling better when I'm through.
Just close your eyes (after you read this).
Picture a glowing ball in front of you. Know that this is your ball of energy. Look at the size of it, the color of it, the shape of it. And now command all of your missing energy to return to this sphere. Watch what colors and ribbons of light come in from all sides to surge in. Watch it grow. Know that as any energy enters the sphere, it becomes cleansed and purified. This is your energy returning to you from other people, other places.
When the sphere stops growing, mentally draw it over you, so that you sit inside it - as if it was a bubble. Feel how warm and comforting the energy is, and let yourself soak it up like a sponge. See it seep into your skin, pour into your hips, and as you pull the energy back into yourself the bubble around you grows smaller and smaller, until you've taken all your energy back, and the bubble is just a thin second-skin of light around your body.
Thank your guides. Thank the universe. Thank yourself.
*This visualization is an adaptation of a technique found in "Intuitive Studies, A Complete Course in Mediumship" by Gordon Smith.