In the morning, I often take a barefoot walk along the grassy knoll behind my house as I joyfully pick the fruit of the season off the trees, such as avocados, mangos, loquats, mamey fruit, and indulge.
Why barefoot? Walking barefoot puts us in touch with the earth's frequencies.
Throughout history humans always walked barefoot until modern lifestyle necessitated wearing shoes. This has disconnected us from the Earth’s energy that vibrates at a specific frequency, known as the Schumann Resonance.
All of life is composed of frequencies and vibrations and our bodies were designed to coincide with earth’s rhythms.
When our bare skin touches the surface of the earth, or if we are immersed in a natural body of water we tune to this vibration and experience profound healing.
Some of us sensitive folks feel the vibration as a pleasant warm, tingling, sensation when trodding barefoot along the water’s edge at the beach or on a stretch of dew-moistened grass.
Walking with a Natural Stride
There are about 5,000 nerve endings in the bottom of each foot. As our feet touch the ground, the feedback creates a light, natural stride in the body contrary to the impact and joint torque in a shoe.
This stride reawakens muscles that have atrophied in our shoes, and reawakens our balance system as nerve endings on the bottom of our feet tell us that we’re leaning or tilting forward, or that we’re bending forward at the waist. Such feedback stimulates new neural connections and remaps the mind for greater balance.
With practice, walking barefoot will translate into running, walking, and even standing with better posture, more mobility, a stronger body, and less joint pain.
Barefoot is Healthier
And there’s more good news. Studies show that stimulating the nerve endings on the bottom of the feet can decrease blood pressure and reduce sympathetic activity, reducing stress and inflammation.
Get in Touch with the Earth
Walk barefoot outdoors whenever possible and especially after it rains when you get even more of the earth’s healing energy. Sit, stand, or walk on grass, sand, dirt, or concrete as these surfaces transmit the earth’s energy while wood, asphalt, rubber, plastic, glass, synthetic materials and block it.
When you must wear shoes, wear natural fabric shoes like leather or canvas as the popular rubber- or plastic-soled shoes disconnect you even further from the earth’s vibrations.
Sleep, work at the computer, or relax watching TV in contact with conductive sheets or mats that transfer earth’s energy to your body (see www.earthing.com) and notice the difference when you don’t. For me it’s immediately evident.
I have my bare foot on an earthing mat as I type this. If I lift it up, I feel immediate pressure and stress. Put it back down and my body relaxes! Without it, I'm not sure I could work for the hours that I must as a writer. It's too draining.
At night, I sleep with an earthing mattress. If I don’t, I won't sleep as soundly and will wake up feel tense. When I need to travel, I take it with me.
Sharon Heller, PhD, is a psychologist and consultant in sensory processing disorder. She’s the author of Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight, What to do if you are sensory defensive in an overstimulating world http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060932929?keywords=sharon%20heller&qid=1452174028&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1 and Uptight & Off Center, How sensory processing disorder throws adults off balance & how to create stability. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0692544801?keywords=uptight%20and%20off%20center&qid=1452087814&ref_=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1&sr=8-1 Her website is www.sharonheller.net and email firstname.lastname@example.org.