i started barefooting for one reason or another. but in the end, one of the main reasons i really want to keep doing it is for my reasons that are a little more spiritual.
due to a bit of resistance, though nothing i could not work around. i have been thinking how much is too much, and how far back could i go without going counter to my beliefs.
and also, i figured i should flesh out my beliefs into writing as to clarify it into something i can use. as well as making sure i am not going beyond those beliefs into something that would be crazy instead.
first, i have to say i have thought about my beliefs, and have come to the conclusion that in regards to my spirituality, my beliefs have fallen into a couple of categories that i can look at most clearly.
as a buddhist, i look at it as something that keeps me in the moment. after all, there is nothing like a piece of gravel to pull you back into the moment with a sudden jarring notification by your body. but it is also about feeling the present moment around you and immersing yourself in a way you can’t do without shoes. i can constantly feel the ground under my feet. i have to listen to the ground and my body as i go through the world that is so rich and full of detail.
it also reminds me to take my time, and to go about my day in a sensible way. i can not rush in the same way i could before when i was wearing shoes. it means that i have to contemplate how to get around obstacles as i go about my day, and it prevents me from getting ahead of myself.
as a priestess of the goddess earth (yes, i consider myself a priestess some think it’s a little crazy, i got it. ) it means i am connected to her with my feet. i can commune with her in a way that rubber soles prevent.
and as it is, there is also grounding that connects me as well. it’s about electrons and such, but none of that matters as much as the feeling i get from running my toes through the grass as i walk out through a field. and the feeling of dirt under my feet. the roughness and the texture that most will always overlook.
simply put, it has opened my eyes in a way not much could. it has been quite the religious experience just with the way it has affected me. let alone when you factor in the whole religious side of my reasons.
now to see, when do i have problems barefooting? there are only 3 times i have had problems, 4 if i want to count overwalking myself on tender feet. one is the sad fact of ubiquitous pavement. another is when going into stores, and the third is when i have to walk on certain kinds of gravel.
overwalking is just a matter of pacing myself instead of trying to go the way i did with shoes. it’s just a matter of life. pavement is a matter of listening to my feet and being careful where i put them. as well as not standing still where i shouldn’t. certain kinds of gravel is the same thing. be careful and pay attention as my soles toughen up.
the last however is something i can’t just work around so easily. and it all depends on how i badly i need to be somewhere. stores those necessary evils that i have to navigate once and a while. there’s something to be said about that line of thinking.
so now, onto how far is too far back. obviously i can’t go back to full on shoes. the cush of them is the very thing that has driven me away from them. and their sizing is something that tears up my feet without a doubt and i have to get away from that.
most sandals are the same way. there is just too much between my feet and the ground, and they often have too much support
flip flops are just too thick and such. and squishy… ewww. there is also some minimal light evidence that they can be more dangerous than not.
but i am looking into something that might be another way to look at this. it’s almost a philosophy with some, and i like to think i might as well give it a try. they are light and mobile enough to work.
xeroshoes, also called huaraches by some. and they might be something i can live with. it’s basically a backless glove for my feet, and it’s super thin. 4 and 5 mm for the pairs i am getting. all i have to do is figure out how often i can use them without having a fit, and how bad the disconnect is. they obviously allow my feet to move, and they allow for them to move more naturally. so i’ll have to see where i can get with them.
the only part of it that they really fail in is that i am no longer in contact with the earth. and the fact they drown out the textures i would otherwise feel. maybe i can work around that too. maybe just maybe. but really, the only place i can usualy make contact with the earth is outside, and there i don’t need shoes. the textures on the other hand i would like to keep if i can. it’s a matter of necessity that shouldn’t be a problem.
i’ve already accepted the risks, why are others so concerned…. oh yeah, lawsuits that are quite idiotic.