“If you want to lift your spirit you have to ground your soul. That’s why your ‘sole’ is on the bottom of your feet.” -- Alexis Brooks
How often do you take your shoes off as soon as you get home or find a comfortable place to sit down? If you’re anything like me, it’s every chance you get. I absolutely love walking around barefoot, but didn’t realize how beneficial it was to my overall health. Your feet touch the ground whenever you’re standing, walking, running and assist your legs in mobility. In the most basic sense, they are the foundation of your body; therefore, keeping your feet healthy keeps you healthy.
Each foot is intricately designed with 26 bones, more nerve endings per square centimeter than any other part of the body and serves as the gateway to the awareness of where your body is in space. However, feet that sit in shoes all day (particularly high heels, steel-toed boots or any heavy, high-ankle or thick-soled shoe) are not happy feet. They need to breathe and have the freedom of movement. So, imagine if your feet are stuck in these types of shoes all day not knowing if there was a need to alter your movement due to uneven ground, inclines, declines or changes in temperature.
Going barefoot literally grounds our bodies since we’re composed of 60% water, which is great for conducting electricity. The earth has a negative ionic charge which has proven to detoxify, calm, reduce inflammation, synchronize your internal clocks, hormonal cycles and physiologic rhythms. Other health benefits of walking barefoot include but are not limited to: improved posture and balance, increased alertness and strengthened immunity.
It’s getting increasingly harder to be present these days with so many things on your to-do list; therefore, it’s vitally important to bring your attention to the here and now. Grounding is the act of balancing your spiritual and physical being by connecting yourself with the earth. When your soul is fully grounded, you can bring your ideas and vision into manifestation. Otherwise, your ideas just remain ideas and it becomes difficult to manifest your divine purpose on earth. Once fully grounded you will feel a sense of belonging that comes from being deeply connected to the Father’s heart.
Once you are on track to following your dreams, the next step gets easier and feels natural. It is then that you effectively fulfill your God-given purpose and vision for your life.
“Write the vision and make it plain... For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.” – Habakkuk 2:2a, 3