I was thinking the other day about the influence of technology on modern society. Something that has been discussed many times across social media, news, schools and within homes regularly.
We all comment about how ‘others’ can’t seem to live without phones, but the reality is, is that most of us fit this category. We’re constantly on edge waiting for that next notification, or checking just in case the notification didn’t work.
Let’s think of the earth like a giant battery. It has a natural low-level electrical charge. Whenever we do anything with electrics, like wiring up a plug or fixing a light fitting, we always have to make sure that it is safe by connecting it to the earth. We talk about electrics being ‘earthed’ or ‘grounded’
This is what our bodies are like, too, when we bring them into contact with the electrical charge of the earth. As we evolved, we were in constant contact with the electrical energy of the earth. When we are electrically grounded, we are in harmony with nature.
What are we waiting for? Not the surface reason, but what is the root thing we are waiting for and checking our devices for? What is so uninteresting about what we are actually doing there and then, where we must check our phones to escape?
“A study by the Ofcom shows that people in Britain spend an average of 8hrs 41 mins a day on their devices, which is more time that average person spends asleep”
I often wonder whether people are uncomfortable with doing nothing except being lost in their thoughts and connecting with themselves. How often do you hear people being proud of how busy they are? Why is this a statement of status…
Rather than binge watching a TV series, what would happen if you went into nature and just sat and enjoyed the world. I would think sitting in nature doing nothing would be uncomfortable for most people, but what would we learn about ourselves if given the chance to think and let our brains wander and connect with nature.
There is a beautiful book about this called Forest Bathing (link to book) by Dr Qing Li. Dr Li is a Physician and Chairman of the Japanese Society for Forest Medicine and discusses the research and strategies for forest bathing. Just 20 minutes once or twice a week has staggering benefits for health and stress levels. Just try it, go for a walk in a forest, paying attention to the sights, sounds, smells and what you can feel.
“Indoors, we tend to use only two senses, our eyes and our ears. Outside is where we can smell the flowers, taste the fresh air, look at the changing colours of the trees, hear the birds singing and feel the breeze on our skin. And when we open up our senses, we begin to connect to the natural world.”Dr Qing Li