I felt the desire to go for a walk this morning but this time it was a little bit different. I’ve read several articles lately about earthing or grounding and whenever something seems to come to me from several sources I give it my attention. The general idea is that you are in contact with the earth, either by walking on it or lying down on it.
So this morning when I got to our park I took off my shoes. The ground was still slightly wet from a light rain that fell last night. It was cool but comfortable. Remembering the “directions” I began to walk very, very slowly. Placing each foot carefully on the ground and giving it my full attention. The more slowly I walked the more off balance I felt. I realized that most of the time I’m racing to get somewhere and don’t feel the texture beneath my feet. And like most people I’m nearly always wearing shoes when I’m outside even though we live in a warm climate.
As I began to feel more balanced I started to notice things. There are lots of different plants on the ground, not just grass. Some had the tiniest flowers you can imagine, so small they were easy to overlook.
Earthworm castings which I remembered playing with when I was a small child and used to lie on my belly on the ground.Purple flowers from the Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow bushes.My heartbeat slowed as my walking slowed. My breath became easy. I relaxed. A peacock perched on a stone bench and let me get really close to him before he jumped down to the ground.
Sitting down to put my shoes back on I noticed a little white sphere, a lizard egg. Without slowing down I probably wouldn’t have noticed any of these things.Feeling the earth beneath my feet brought me closer to myself and the present moment. I’m glad I followed my intuition and took a barefoot walk in the park today. If it’s cold where you are and a barefoot walk would lead to frostbite, I hope that seeing these images and reading about it can allow you to slow down and imagine the feel of the earth beneath your feet. If you’re somewhere warm, maybe you’ll feel the same pull that I did.