“Many of us are blind to the ways that the earth supports us. We seldom even feel our feet on the ground. Take your shoes and socks off, massage your feet, pull your toes apart, play with them. Then simply stand with bare feet on the earth. Sense the earth’s energy rising up through your feet. Let the earth help energize you. And let it breathe you.”—Dennis Lewis
Over a week ago now I took a mid-week journey to a place in nature outside of Austin that I had never been to before. Pedernales State Park turned out to be an amazing sanctuary for me and reminded me of the sacredness of our connection with the Earth and the natural elements. Dennis Lewis in his quote above is right on when he says that we seldom even feel our feet on the ground….essentially our connection with the earth.
Stepping barefoot from rock to rock in the shallow part of the river the destination of a large flat rock was reached. For over an hour, lying face up to the sun with feet dangling onto smooth rocks beneath the running rivers surface, I breathed in the sound of running river water overlaying the deep quiet of nature without man made sounds. My feet, heart and soul found peace….found home.
Having grown up in San Diego with it’s wonderful beaches I naturally was a barefoot girl and morphed into a barefoot woman that actually hates for her feet to be confined in closed shoes. Thank goodness for the warm weather of Austin where I can wear the simplest of footwear most of the time! What has the seldom felt barefoot against the earth done to our natural connection with nature and even the way in which we breathe?
Our senses diminish, we forget how to breathe from our very toes, and our feet forget how joyful it is to be fancy free to explore what we are walking upon or touching.
The many acupuncture and pressure points in the feet are a key to our health. If they are hardly ever stimulated by remembering the feel of earth, rock, sand, meadow or even the bark of a tree then we forget….we forget how intimately connected we are. Without this connection and stimulation we forget who we are, and we forget how to breathe from the roots of our being.
This week try the practice that Dennis speaks of above in the quote. Pay attention to your feet with love and patient attention. Stand barefoot upon the earth surface of your choice, close your eyes, and allow the earth to breathe you!
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