Running in the Grass with Your Bare Feet

Sophie Zooming

If you watch any media at all you are bombarded by negativity, death, destruction, fear, fear, fear.  I’m not sure what purpose all of it serves but I do know that I am capable of turning most of it off and tuning it out.  I have to admit that I do keep up with current events and can get caught up in many things political.  This past weekend I turned it off.  I cooked, baked, cleaned, kept busy all the way around.

It sometimes feels as if the world around me has really gone off of the tracks.  If you listen to the media or Facebook or Twitter you begin to imagine that the horrors of any particular news cycle are happening in your back yard.  Sometimes you have to say enough.

I have a theory that one of the reasons there is so much absurd craziness is that people have become too disconnected from the natural world. They have lost that reverent respect for life of all kinds.  I believe we are effected by everything surrounding us.  Years ago I lived in a medium size city on the north shore of Massachusetts.  I was surrounded by concrete and pavement.  There were a few large maples on my street but they were surrounded by concrete as well.  I would watch the children playing outside on the street or their paved driveways and was always struck by the fact that they never touched the earth, no playing in the dirt.  I would then walk a mile or so to the end of my street where there was a huge, old cemetery, it was like a big, beautiful park.  I would take off my shoes and walk in the grass.

I think everyone needs to be grounded to the earth.  As crazy as this sounds I believe we attain some sort of energy from the earth itself whether we are walking barefoot in the grass, planting a garden or swimming in a lake.  I think we take something with us every time we do, like charging a battery.  I think the disconnect is growing.  The calmest, most sane people I know have some connection to the earth and understand that even in a subconscious way.

I think we should all spend some time running in the grass in our bare feet.

Hearts Bleeding

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There is so much noise going on over the shooting in CT that I have had to stay off of the internet for the most part and turned tv off altogether.  I’ve just returned from breakfast with my younger daughter.  The restaurant was packed so we sat at the bar.  There was a giant tv overhead with the news on with closed captioning.  I watched for a minute.  NBC news with continued coverage of the Newtown shooting.  Seriously?  Continued coverage?

My heart goes out to the people of Newtown.  I just want to scream at the media to leave them alone and let them begin to heal.  I read an article in the NY Times this morning where they had 8 reporters covering this event for one article.  The madness on so many levels in that town is unbelievable to me.

What have we become?  Jenna Woginrich of Cold Antler Farm mentioned the celebrity we give tragedy. “It is news the first time you hear it, sadness and silence.  It becomes pornography for the fearful shortly thereafter”.  How can we not think that sensationalizing this type of thing does not make it worse?  

The internet and all other forms of “communication” are so good in some ways but in others they are so evil.  I’m not sure we need a debate of any kind about anything right now and being on any social media just begs you to jump on board.

I will spend my weekend with good friends and family and I’m sure discussions will be had but I will be with people I love, in a place that is quiet and peaceful.  I will walk outdoors with my dogs and smell the fresh air.  I will think about how fortunate I am in what I have and send my thoughts to the parents of those children because they have just experienced a life altering loss that I can’t even begin to imagine.