Hey, Things do Look Different from Down Here!
January 6, 2013
Sometimes I like to lie on the floor with my dog. Seriously. And I did just that yesterday, on the kitchen floor. That’s where Maggie was relaxing and I decided to join her and see the world from her grounded perspective.
Of course, she thought I was silly and got up and walked away, but I lay there for a moment pondering about how it is that we humans so rarely lie on the ground anymore.
Modern culture seems to be so far removed and very much disconnected from the literal nature of things – from the Earth herself. Step back and see the bigger picture for yourself …..
Most people in modernized, high-tech countries spend a lot of time running around with devices in hand, stressed to the max, and focused on getting from point A to point B without stopping to see what truly is around them. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve grown to like technology. It’s a fabulous tool for connecting with others. At the same time, the amount of time spent on and with devices disconnects everyone too.
In some places that many like to call Third-World or even backward, the people there don’t have the technology that we have, but they have something that most of us don’t – a continued connection to Nature and the Earth herself. Some of these people live in shanty huts but guess what – they spend a lot of time sitting or lying around on the floor. Further, sometimes those floors are even made of dirt. How’s that for direct contact with the Earth?
Modern, culturized people keep themselves off the Earth most of the time. Think about it. Homes are built elevated off the ground (in some areas of the world this is very practical), and are filled with furniture which is also up off the ground; beds are elevated so that one has to climb up and into bed; and floors are covered with carpet and other materials that create another level of separation.
Even when they’re walking, they’re not touching the Earth directly because there is often a concrete sidewalk separating them from the dirt underneath. And shoes, too, create a barrier.
So whenever you have the opportunity, go and lie on the floor. Any floor – in your home, or even better somewhere outside. Or take your shoes and socks off and put your feet onto the Earth properly – on grass, in water or mud. Even in winter, when the weather isn’t too cold and there is snow on the ground, go lie down and then make a snow angel. The Earth will feel you, even if you’re wrapped up in a parker. She will always feels our thoughts and intentions, even if we’re just laying on the kitchen floor.
The conclusion to this blog is the following: we humans don’t spend enough time being consciously connected to the Earth, and that if you ever need a different perspective on things the solution is to go lie on the floor.