What Children Know That Adults Forgot: Walking Barefoot is Good for You

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

What Children Know That Adults Forgot: Walking Barefoot is Good for You

youngBoyBeachIt’s simple and it’s free, and everyone can do it as often as they like. Whether you choose a riverbed, a beach, a mountaintop, or your own backyard, walking barefoot on the earth recharges and rebalances your earthly body.

JumpingGirlsBarefootThe best shoes are truly your own feet. Your feet have more nerve endings than anywhere else on your body; about 1300 per square inch. When barefoot, your feet absorb the magnetic energy of the earth and distribute that energy throughout every nerve and organ in your body. Walking barefoot increases blood flow to the brain and awakens creativity. It also strengthens the muscles in your feet, legs and back, improving your posture and overall physical strength.

childongrassShoes on the other hand, insulate you from the earth, restricting your feet’s natural movement and blocking their ability to feel, and to recharge. While shoes are great at protecting your feet from freezing snow and rough terrain, whenever possible, kick off your shoes and let your feet feel the earth beneath them.

YogaTreePoseBeachBarefoot Yoga

For thousands of years people have practiced their daily yoga barefoot. All the muscles in the body work together, so to achieve optimal strength, flexibility, and balance throughout your entire body, ditch the shoes.

ZuluDancerTry Dancing barefoot

Along with walking and running barefoot, you can add dancing barefoot to your repertoire and you’ll have the opportunity to strengthen your arms, abs and core muscles too.

FireplaceBareFeetBarefoot in the House

Try leaving your shoes at the door when you come home. Barefoot living inspires more dance and yoga movement. It also helps keep the house clean.

BarefootWomanPathChoose shoes that help, not hurt, your posture

Once you’re playing outdoors in your bare feet, recharging energetically, and rebalancing and strengthening your body, remember to choose wisely the shoes you wear. Shoes that cause aches and pains or poor posture aren’t worth wearing. Your feet are too important! The strength and health of your feet affect the health and posture of your entire body.

two feet airReconnecting with Your Inner Child

I’ve heard those unaccustomed to a barefoot lifestyle comment that walking barefoot is like being a child again. Isn’t it past time we let our inner child out to play? Cast off the shoes and run barefoot through a grassy field, pick wildflowers and roll down the hill giggling. Go ahead and climb the trees, play in the river, and talk to the stars. Run and splash through the waves at the beach, climb the rocks, and play in the sand. Reawakening childhood playfulness is healing too.

MomKidGrassLearning from a Child

While there is so much, perhaps too much, to learn in the present age of information, some of what we need to know most is intuitive, and can be learned from a child. Next time you see a child kicking off her shoes to run around barefoot, follow her lead, and kick your shoes off too!

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Bali Rains

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Bali Rains

bali01The last two nights the rains came, cooling everything and bringing gentle winds.

grass roof hut

The musical grass roof hut

From inside the hut, I awoke to what sounded like millions of jewels cascading down upon us. Listening for awhile to the sweet sound, I was unsure rain alone could make this music. I got up, opened the curtains, and walked out the door. Yes, it is the rain. Beautiful rain. And then it stopped.

Shipibo Rain stick

Shipibo Rain stick

The second night it rained much longer. This time I recognized its music.

It is the music of the rain-stick. When you tilt a rain-stick, back and forth, its small beans pour from side to side, creating music in the hollow of its wood.

Traditional Balinese Alang Alang grass roof

Traditional Balinese Alang Alang grass roof

This Balinese hut, with its thatched roof, receives the rains into its Alang Alang grass, and with the hollow of the room below, the three together create this music. Looking up, I imagine being inside a moving rain-stick, with beans pouring down around me, as the clouds pour rain from the sky.

What an enchanting sound vibration.bali05

For hours it envelops me.

Only after the rainclouds travel on does sleep reclaim me.

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Walnuts and Chocolate

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Walnuts and Chocolate

Delicious organic brownies in 5 minutes or less

While I don’t consider myself a foodie, I do have my weak spots, and brownies are one of them. When I received this recipe (in an email – I kid you not!) I had all the ingredients on hand, and a friend’s luncheon to make them for. There were six of us, so one tray was the perfect amount (so we could all enjoy seconds, too). These brownies were an instant hit. Last week I made homemade chocolates for a birthday bash, and as yummy as my chocolates are, two of my friends requested I bring these brownies next time.

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When Books Become Real

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

When Books Become Real

random_booksPrinted versus Digital Reads

For me a book becomes real when I can hold it, admire it, and turn the pages. In its digital format it is still elusive to me – like it never quite made it to becoming real. (The stories of Pinocchio and The Velveteen Rabbit come to mind.)

I have a large collection of books at home, and I visit libraries and go out to bookstores for recreation. While I am grateful for the digital era, I defend the need for children’s picturebooks and storybooks to be physical, printed books.

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The Peaceable Kingdom and The Peaceable Forest

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in Blog | 3 comments

The Peaceable Kingdom and The Peaceable Forest

01When my editor first proposed the name, The Peaceable Forest, India’s Tale of Kindness to Animals, for my book, I hesitated. “I don’t know. I really like the subtitle, but I’m not so sure about the word Peaceable in the title. It is not a word children will know, and it is not used in modern English. Let me spend a day or two thinking it over and I’ll call you back.”

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