“We are all connected with nature,” said Nixiwaka Yawanawa at TEDxHackney. The tribesman from the Yawanawa tribe of Amazon was referring to the therapeutic bond humans share with nature. Known as ‘The People of the Wild Boar’, Yawanawa tribesmen live in the lush forest of Amazon, and guess what? They walk barefoot just like most of the ancient tribes on the planet. It is one of their ways to connect with nature and reap its healing benefits.
Walking shoeless is an activity that can help city dwellers connect with nature. Unfortunately, many seem to have forgotten this ancient practice of walking barefoot. Toddlers spend a lot of time walking and playing barefoot, but once childhood is over, the feet seldom remain naked. Referred to as grounding or earthing, the art of walking barefoot has now found backing among health practitioners despite the wedge that has grown between people and nature. In this feature, Soulveda explores the therapeutic benefits of walking barefoot and why it is seen as a bridge between humans and nature.
Reduces stress, clears the mind
Turkish author Mehmet Murat ildan says, “Soil is earth’s barefoot and when we walk barefoot, two barefoot touches each other with love (sic)!”. Walking barefoot, especially over grass, refreshes the mind as it increases the endorphin levels to reduce stress and anxiety. When you walk barefoot, make sure you don’t step over rocks, glass, or any other sharp objects. Focusing on what’s in front of you helps clear your mind.