Vacation & Grounding = Wellbeing

Culzean Castle
Culzean Castle

Last week I was in the glorious land of Scotland for a much-needed vacation. Did you know that most Americans leave 2 weeks of earned vacation time on the table every year (that’s 175 million vacation days)? And many people work in places where they don’t receive vacation time? Whether I have a stay-cation at home, or travel to one of my life-list vacation spots, I always give myself at least a week of downtime twice a year … no excuses. Otherwise, I’d be a mess!

With all of my work and various projects, I find that I’m involved with technology far too much each day. This can really cause the body and mind to become frenetic and unbalanced. And while a vacation and technology break is essential for all of our wellbeing, so is earthing or grounding.

Meditating at Loch Ness
Meditating at Loch Ness

On my travels to Scotland, I read a book called Earthing. It discusses the powerful healing connection that we must make to Mother Earth everyday in order to maintain health and wellbeing. I highly recommend reading it. Earthing (or grounding) is as simple as placing your bare feet on the ground, sand, or in a natural body of water (ocean or lake). The positive electrons from the Earth infuse into our body which is filled with far too many negative electrons (which ends up causing inflammation which is the root of many diseases). If connecting directly with the ground is difficult or not possible (based on weather or urban environment), then the Earthing Institute has these earthing mats that are great for people and pets!

Feet in North AyrshireFeet in Loch Lochy

So while I was unplugging from technology in Scotland, I was plugging into the healing matrix of Mother Earth! Scotland is a beautiful place with the most breath-taking scenery so it was easy to feel relaxed and well. I spent most of my time out in the western isles and the highlands (away from the big cities). And I also made sure that I spent some time soaking my feet in the many Lochs and meditating with the quiet scenery.
Loch Lochy
Loch Lochy
The famous Eilean Donan castle
The famous Eilean Donan castle
It was also a great place to rock hound. Check out my rock hounding video!

So here’s my wellness prescription for you today: go outside, take off your shoes, and plant your tootsies directly onto the ground. Stay there for 10-30 minutes and you will notice how much calmer and balanced you feel. And aim to do this everyday. You will be amazed at the results.

Happy Grounding!

Happy in Loch Ness
Happy in Loch Ness

About Allie:

Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you!  She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.

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