"Put off the shoes from thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground."
"Going barefoot is the gentlest way of walking and can symbolize a way of living — being authentic, vulnerable, sensitive to our surroundings. It's the feeling of enjoying warm sand beneath our toes, or carefully making our way over sharp rocks in the darkness. It's a way of living that has the lightest impact, removing the barrier between us and nature."
— Adele Coombs, "Barefoot Dreaming"
The quote is from the The Society for Barefoot Living . I first heard of it from my brother who is a member. I plan to give him a Barefeet Pendant in bronze for a key ring as he does not wear jewelry.
Our Barefeet Pendant was created for Earth Day 2011 with a prayer:
May all people walk gently on the earth.
Interesting facts about feet
- Many people also believe that it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle barefoot, though there are no laws in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and other places against it.
- Some religious communities require shoes to be removed before entering a building which they regard as holy, such as a temple. In many religions, bare feet are often seen as a sign of humility and respect.
- Foot washing is also associated with humility in Christianity, and Jesus Christ is depicted in the New Testament washing the feet of his disciples as a way to serve them during the Last Supper. Christians that practice foot washing today do so as a way to bring them closer to Jesus and to fill them with a sense of humility and service.
- Muslims also wash their feet before entering a mosque or other place of worship, as well as before prayers.
- Roman Catholics also show their respect and humility for the Pope by kissing his feet, in a similar manner in which Hindus show their love and respect to a guru by touching his bare feet.
- Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflex points in the feet which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Application of pressure on these reflexes relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.
- The ancient Greeks largely viewed footwear as self-indulgent, unastetic and unnecessary. Alexander the Great conquered half of the ancient world with barefoot armies.