I've been sitting here at my keyboard petting the pooches, watching John get mauled by our cat and wondering what exactly it is that I feel the need to share today? What is the inspiration that is important in this moment?
At the moment I'm just in love with the free predicure I gave myself by walking around barefooted in the snow. Ok maybe it's not exactly a pedicure but my feet are so very soft and happy right now. Maybe I should explore the why.
Walking in the snow in your barefeet stimulates circulation like crazy and pushes oxygen and nutrients throughout your body. Now some people are already thinking I'm crazy, and some parts of me really are. Not even John will do this no matter how much I share the benefits with him. He keeps telling me that he'll take my word for it! Silly John's missing out!
Some morning's the snow is really too much. Too cold, too crisp, too icy. I'll step out onto it for a few seconds and hop right back into the house. This morning though, it was very mild and the snow, as I stepped out onto it, was like a satin-like sponge and my feet felt like they were being hugged with each step. It really was so wonderful that I just kept walking to take the pictures of the elder trees, cedars and the rest. It was wonderful, invigorating and not uncomfortable in the slightest. Some mornings it really is a little bit much, but once I'm back in the house, on warm grounds, rubbing my feet with a thick warm towel, life is good and my feet feel like newborn skin, soft and supple.
Trust me when I say that I am on my feel so much that my feet are anything but soft and supple, until I walk in the snows. It's like the best presoak before you give yourself a good pedicure as well. Then I rub some of the 'Heal Me' Skin Salve onto my feet and that is the definition of a heavenly foot spa day. Snow, pumice, salve, rest. Brilliant!
Actual Benefits Of Barefoot Snow Walks
Those who know me, know well that shoes are not my favorite thing in the world, at all. When I travelled to Australia I was taken aback when I went into the mall and saw people barefooted. I was so happy! Can I do this too?! Of course when I came back to Canada this was not acceptable but this year I came about some really good information about barefoot walking in public and the 'law' (ppppfffffttttt)
So there is no law against walking anywhere in public barefooted. Nor is there a law against driving without shoes or flip flops on. The idea of the law in itself is absolutely ridiculous. I mean, your shoes would inhibit you from feeling things properly, don't you think? Ehn...I don't need to argue points anymore. I've been driving without shoes for several years now and I make no apology about it. I would rather go barefooted that have my poor feet suffocating in shoes any day and the Winter months are no different. I don't even like socks to be honest.
But are there benefits to walking barefooted? On snow?
The feet contain important nerve endings, which are used in alternative therapies like reflexology, acupuncture, foot acupressure, bioenergetics, etc., for healing and re-establishing energy flow throughout the body. This removes repressed emotions that were blocked or unrecognized, that the body externalizes as illness, anxiety, anger, etc.
25 Barefoot Benefits-All Year
You Can't Walk in Snow When You're Sick!
Actually, yes, yes I can and if anything it's helpful. If my head is covered and the rest of my body is warm then there is absolutely no issue with me walking in the snow in bare feet. Again, it's improving my circulation, oxegenting my blood and making things work a bit better than normal. I'm connecting to the Earth and all of her majesty and she's feeding back to me, through my feet exactly what I need.
I'm not telling anyone to go out for hours in the snow. I'm suggesting a few minutes in the morning to get your day going. A few minutes of taking some time to appreciate the world around you, invigorate you and connect you to your surroundings.
It doesn't matter what time of year it is. I'm jumping in puddles, walking through my gardens, mucking about in mud puddles or walking 'round the yard, in the snow, in bare feet. I wouldn't ever stop these small rituals. They're a part of me and they're part of what makes me whole.
Have a great day and maybe dip your toe into some snow, I promise it won't hurt.
Author: Cari-Lee Miller
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