WALK IN JOY. NO SHOES REQUIRED.
Follow our adventure coast to coast as we bury our feet in the sand, dip our toes in the ocean, dig for diamonds, climb boulders barefoot, and so much more. There is so much to say about walking barefoot in nature. We’ve got a lot of joy to share from epic experiences of exploring the unknown just by putting one foot in front of the other.
Walking Barefoot Is Natural For Me
Early on in our relationship my husband gave me the nickname “Princess Blackfoot”. I’m Native American and it’s not traditionally your husband that gives you your Native name and usually Native names are given to you when you’re much younger. When it comes to Native names, names are drawn from nature, which provides the child with a strong sense of being part of the natural environment. Jason probably would have had the name right though, since Native American names “provide insight into the individual, a strong social bond, inspiration, and a link to the natural world from which they are drawn”. However, this wasn’t an attempt to tease, but in all reality it’s a name he gave me because I was always walking around barefoot, therefore my feet became stained from the elements. Now that we have a son and daughter, I have proudly taken on ownership of the name “Queen Blackfoot” and our children, who also love being outside barefoot, are the “Prince” and “Princess”. I love walking barefoot in nature. I feel more at peace, balanced, and a deeper connection with my environment.
Health Benefits Of Walking Barefoot
Scientific research has revealed that the disconnect from direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and unwellness. According to healthline.com, “Grounding, also called earthing, is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth. This practice relies on earthing science and grounding physics to explain how electrical charges from the earth can have positive effects on your body.” In other words, when we allow our feet to touch the earth, the negative ions present in the earth can help balance the positive ions in our body. When we allow this to happen, we give our health an opportunity to improve.
Studies have shown that walking barefoot in nature can have at least the following health implications:
- Reduce stress and inflammation
- Reduction of muscle damage and pain
- Mood improvement
- Control insomnia
- Blood pressure control
- Boost energy levels
- Reduce chronic pain
- Improve overall posture
Barefoot Children Build Character And Skills
My daughter’s advice to everyone, lose the shoes. She is three and the lesson to pay attention to here is the childlike joy in finding freedom in being barefoot outside. I see how my children playing barefoot has helped their balance and confidence in risk taking, like in rock or tree climbing. The sole is a sensory organ by which we can perceive the ground while standing and walking. The soles of the feet are extremely sensitive to touch due to a high concentration of nerve endings, with as many as 200,000 per sole. Everytime we put on shoes, it restricts the sensory experiences needed to stimulate these nerves. Children are growing beings, their feet included. By going into nature barefoot, it gives a child room to grow by strengthening joints and muscles, stimulating senses, and reducing negative electrons in the body.
Barefeet Is Biblical
“There the angel of the Lord appeared to him as a flame coming from the middle of a bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire but that it was not burning up. “This is strange,” he thought. “Why isn’t the bush burning up? I will go closer and see.” When the Lord saw that Moses was coming closer, he called to him from the middle of the bush and said, “Moses! Moses!” He answered, “Yes, here I am.” God said, “Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, because you are standing on Holy ground.” Exodus 3:2-5 GNT
Oftentimes I will remove my shoes while in church. I started this initially because it made me feel closer to God. Then after I began to read the Bible, I learned that it is appropriate to remove your shoes in the house of the Lord because it is Holy ground. Being in nature plays a role in the growth of my relationship with God. I spend a lot of time outside alone, listening to nature’s orchestra and admiring the beauty of His creation. I pay my respects to the life He created before man and believe that the earth itself is Holy ground. Being barefoot outside not only helps with my own well-being, but it helps me feel connected with my Father.
“Jesus knew that the Father had given him complete power; he knew that he had come from God and was going to God. So he rose from the table, took off his outer garment, and tied a towel around his waist. Then he poured some water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.” John 13:3-5 GNT
“I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then, should wash one another’s feet. I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you. I am telling you the truth: no slaves are greater than their master, and no messengers are greater than the one who sent them.” John 13:14-16 GNT
Here is Jesus, the supposed Savior and Redeemer of the world, performing an act normally reserved for slaves. In the beginning where we see Moses removing his shoes as a sign of respect and submission to God, we see the Lord removing shoes to wash someone else’s feet, showing them grace. Being barefoot in nature not only allows me to feel closer to God, but it also reminds me to remain humble and serve others.
Walk In Joy
With every step we take, count it as joy. Going barefoot in nature helps break boundaries and allows for a deeper connection with your environment and others. The Lord made this earth and He made you to be part of it, so enjoy walking in joy.
“You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands!” Isaiah 55:12 NLT