Some time in 2019 Julia began hiking without shoes on. It was revelatory.
Barefoot hiking is a much more mindful practice than regular hiking because you need to focus on where you are putting your feet and really connect with the ground around you. You don’t have as much room in your head for thinking about the rest of your day or money problems or even food later on. You even walk a bit slower so you can appreciate the sensations under your feet and take careful steps.
There are several benefits to walking barefoot on natural land, including letting the neurons in your feet map the environment around you and send crucial information to your brain. The ground is also replete with electrons, which the body can use to neutralize free radicals, reset its electrical balance, and improve sleep.
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