Cozy: Sleeping Under the Stars and On the Ground

Although ‘sleeping under the stars’ offers a romantic allure that is missing from ‘sleeping on the ground’, the practice of sleeping outdoors has recently earned its own name; it is called ‘earthing’. Proponents assert that the Earth’s subtle electrical fields are essential for proper functioning of our immune systems, circulation, synchronization of biorhythms and other physiological processes, and may actually be the most effective, essential, least expensive, and easiest to attain antioxidants.  Even the diseases associated with aging can be reduced or prevented by grounding your body to the Earth.

The preceding paragraph comes from an essay I just completed entitled “Connoiseur of Soil” that will appear in the anthology, Dirt Dialogues. Like art connoisseurs who pinpoint the masterpiece qualities of a painting, or wine connoisseurs who detect the region where grapes were grown from a sip and a whiff of wine, soil connoisseurs could dignify dirt by savoring the unique qualities of all eleven soil orders and 14,000 distinct soil varieties.   They could differentiate soil samples from deserts, swamps, coasts, basins, woods, and jungles, and even deduce the precise point of origin by detecting subtle gradations of a soil’s texture (sand, silt, loam, clay); color (tones of red, orange, gray, white, green, yellow, black); and aroma (sweet, pungent, acrid, metallic, musty, yeasty).