HAPPY FEET while living the "barefoot life"
Give your feet some LOVE They are carrying us to all of our dreams.
During vipassana, living in simplicity, I haven't worn anything on my feet. Walking barefoot for 2 weeks is a physical, mental and emotional freedom.
Connecting with nature, absorbing the free flow of energy from earth, becoming grounded.. Those two weeks were all about becoming more mindful, returning to our own true nature inside, and creating mental clarity. And daily (barefoot) walking meditation was a beautiful part of that.
It's incredible the impact walking has on our body composition, or connection with earth and nature, or physical and mental health.. and walking mindful as a meditation technique, brings us right in the present, in peace, in connection with ourself and nature.
The biggest change in my mind that I noticed, was when I became aware that I was not just feeling the sand under my feet, but the separate grains of sand.. (I might sound like a crazy woman but it was an amazing moment, observing how my head was so clear, and open to notice more in this life) .
Connecting with earth releases a lot of energy that can't escape when we keep our feet locked up and don't give them enough care and love.. For me, walking barefoot, became a practice of simplicity, gratitude, patience, mindfulness, relaxation, observation,.. All in the present moment. And only >practice< will teach you how to apply these things in your daily life.. Making our world a more peaceful place where we all are grateful for the life (and 1 body) that is given to us.
So give your feet some extra attention when you come onto your mat today From the warm up, to mindful standing and moving, and definitely don't forget the conscious relaxation in the end.. Focus on your feet