Healthy Living

Take Your Shoes Off

With everything going on in our everyday lives, it can be pretty easy to get disconnected; disconnected from ourselves, our loved ones, our emotions, our inner wisdom, and especially, our mother nature.  These days, we have the world at our fingertips (literally), and we can easily forget to look elsewhere for the answers.

I see this a lot in my health coaching practice.  With the non-stop, never-ending information on the newest dieting trends and healthiest foods of the week, people forget to look to the ones who know what is best for their bodies, themselves.

We need to reconnect.  At times, we need to disconnect.  Spending time outdoors, with the source of our existence, is a wonderful way to take a break from the bombardment of new information and status updates, and get back in touch with us.

It is recommended that we spend time outdoors everyday, and in order to connect to the rhythms of the earth, we need to take our shoes off.  Being barefoot outdoors is a very grounding experience, one that allows us to connect to the pulses and movements of the earth.

When we re-connect, we open up to the possibilities of listening to the earth, which allows us to better listen to ourselves.  We are the geniuses behind our own existence, and owning up to that can be the easiest way to heal your mind, body and soul.  We all know at least 3 things that we should be doing, but aren’t.  But what if we allowed ourselves to bask in that goodness?  What would really happen if we allowed ourselves to be happy?  Healthy?  Loving?  Free?

I know that it can all seem a bit overwhelming, but taking this first step, just by spending some time outside and taking your shoes off, is a wonderful place to start.  Dedicate just 10 minutes a day, maybe only a few days a week, to sit under the blue sky, rub your feet in the green, crisp grass, and reconnect.  Allow yourself to open up to the beauty that surrounds you each and every day, beauty that we too often forget to recognize.

From there, begin to trust that you know best for you.  The universe has supplied you with the knowledge and “gut feeling” that you need.  Of course, we can all benefit from some spiritual guidance and nutritional information, but at the root of it all, we know what works for us and what doesn’t.  We know what makes us fulfilled and what makes us feel used.  By spending some time admiring the outdoors, you will learn to admire yourself, and your own wisdom.  And there is nothing more beautiful than that!

with love and bare feet,


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