Sturdy, stubby, curvy, long, bony, plump. Just as our faces are all different, so are our feet.
We stand on them for hours, ignore them when they cry out in pain and abuse them by shoving them into shoes that are too small or too tight.
I know many people who dislike their feet. They describe them as ugly and gross. Say it isn’t so!
Our feet help keep us balanced. Take a minute and stand up. Lean your body weight onto your toes. Now on the balls of your feet. Now on your heels. Feel how your balance shifts depending on how you stand.
Flex your toes, then point them up to the ceiling. Feel the pull in the bottom of your foot and then in your calf muscle.
All our nerves have endings in our feet. If you’ve ever seen a Reflexology guide, it pinpoints where each of these nerve endings are on your foot. Different sections correspond with areas of your body. If you have a headache, rub a particular spot on your foot and it should dissipate. The same is true for a stomach ache or to increase circulation.
Our feet are often an afterthought. We cover them with socks and shoes and pretty much forget about them. But, if you’ve ever stubbed your toe, you know how sensitive they can be.
This week, pay attention to how your bare feet feel when they’re gliding through the carpet. How does it feel different from walking on tile or grass? When you are taking a shower, notice how the water feels as it hits the top of your feet and toes. How does the smooth texture of the bottom of the shower or tub feel against your feet?
Elevate your feet on a pillow sometime this week for half an hour, then pay attention to how they feel afterward.
Do you like wearing socks, going barefoot, wearing slippers? Do you push and pull and shove to get your shoes on or do you slip them on with ease?
Do you kick your shoes off immediately when you come home from work? Switch to sneakers or sandals?
Take a moment and examine your feet. Feel the texture of the skin, notice the length of your toenails. Are your heels rough and dry? What about the spaces between your toes. Dare to grab a magnifying glass and explore!
What kind of sensations course through your body when your feet are touched? Do you get jumpy and giggly, pull away with shyness or embarrassment, get a warm tingly feeling in your gut?
Feet are more than a way to transport us from place to place. They help keep us balanced, are incredibly sensitive and come on, the pinky toe, one of the cutest things ever!
Pay attention to your feet this week and remember to give thanks for the gifts they give you.