A Walk in the Dew
By Marilee Tolen
Grounding. A walk in the morning dew offers great health benefits. Appreciating how it glistens in the sunlight can give us a natural high and set us up for a great day, but the health benefits go way beyond that.
According to Sebastian Kneipp (1821-97), a German Priest, walking in the morning dew is considered a form of hydrotherapy. Father Kneipp overcame tuberculosis with hydrotherapies and the healing power of plants and went on to heal others with these practices.
Traditional folklore tells us that young girls can wash their face in it to make themselves beautiful and older people can do the same to make themselves younger.
Eastern traditions say that it revitalizes and strengthens the body, and can also assist with:
–Improving immune functioning
–Giving the body energy
–Supporting the kidneys
–Helping nervous disorders
From an energetic standpoint this makes so much sense. These benefits are connected with the first chakra, the root chakra, that supports the spine (nervous system), kidneys and adrenals (stress hormones), and immune system. The root chakra is located in the perineal area and pulls in the energy from the earth.(Don’t ya just love when the puzzle pieces all come together?)
You can approach your walk in the morning dew in two ways:
1.) Take a casual stroll
2.) Intend on it as a “home spa healing treatment” for yourself and follow these steps:
–Go out at dawn
–Ideally wear clogs and don’t wear socks
–Go to a clean area of grass that doesn’t have stones, sticks, or rubble
–Take off your clogs even if it is cold and walk in that area just for a few minutes – you can even stand and move your feet around
–With the dew on your feet slip your shoes back on and walk for a few minutes around a broader area
–Slowly work your way up to longer periods of time (about 10 minutes) this way if the weather is cool you will not catch a cold in the beginning
Just like anything else – when you do this on a consistent basis you can build up the promised strength and vitality in the body.