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.

Maggie

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.

7 Comments

  1. Deb
    Jan 6, 2013

    I will have to try that, and see my cats perspective! Can’t wait for nice weather to be able to get “into” the ground and start the miracle of gardening. Thanks for your blogs Radka, very enlightening!!

  2. Sandra
    Jan 6, 2013

    I remember when my kids made snow angels . They could lay in the snow for hours and they were always more cheerful when they came in. I just always thought it was the fresh air.lol

  3. Laura
    Jan 6, 2013

    It is always easy to remember to get connected in the summer by sticking toes in water and feet in the sand. The winter is the best time to do it though, in my opinion. Kids do have it right when they make the snow angels. Next time it snows, get bundled up and bury yourself into the snow. There is nothing more calming and soothing. Everything slows down and gets quiet. You can hear deep into the earth.
    Don’t forget to play with the pups first though. They like nothing better than to pounce on you while you are laying outside!

  4. lana olsen
    Jan 6, 2013

    I enjoy your blog Radka.
    I always wash the floor crawling on my knees and take the time to look around. The different perspective is eye opening.

  5. Caroline
    Jan 7, 2013

    Tried the floor, but the dog thought I wanted to wrestle and the cats thought I was daft. Mental note vacuum first to get rid of pet hair….. Then come up smiling at your own foolish behaviour and recognition of the kid trying to break through:)

  6. Veronika
    Jan 7, 2013

    Very true! Saying”down to earth” should be used literally here and we should all take a moment every day and try to feel and listen to our own breath and connect to earth and also get more grounded.
    I got home from work one night (starving) and started making my dinner. After it was done i droped the whole thing on floor… I just grabed a fork and sat on floor and ate the whole thing from the floor it was deliocius! 🙂

  7. Jane Calderin
    Jan 8, 2013

    We all know that when we lie down with dogs (or cats), we get up with lovin’s. Whenever I’ve spent time on the floor with animals, they seem to enjoy it. I know that I don’t spend nearly enough time in contact with the earth, and have become over-technologized and over-insulated, especially this time of year when I’d rather be hibernating — indoors!

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