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Barefoot Bible

i have long been slightly on the fence about going barefoot.  i definitely like the way it feels and i also appreciate the foot protection and speed afforded by shoes.  Today i fell off the fence.

“You know that there are studies showing there is a preventative  effect on Alzheimer’s and other aliments by going barefoot.” Feonix said.

Feonix does yoga int he shadow of the Tapan Zee Bridge

Feonix does yoga int he shadow of the Tapan Zee Bridge

And i saw my mind decisively shift.  Even if there was only a small chance that there were significant health benefits from walking barefoot more often, i live in places where i can often easily be barefoot.  And on this day i was working at a craft fair on the beautiful Lyndhurst estate outside New York City, and i kicked off my shoes.  i carried them with me some, where they made occasionally convenient detached pockets, but mostly this afternoon i was bare foot on grass.    More generally on the commune it is fairly acceptable and accessible to be mostly barefoot, Rowan has modeled this behavior for his full 17 years of life.

Am i sure this is better for me? No.

especially in running there maybe something

especially in running there maybe something

And i don’t need to be completely sure to try something which might be good for me and see how it works.  And it also works for me to step out of shoe conformity, to test whether we have hurt ourselves by donning shoes.

Feonix tree dancing

Feonix tree dancing

And there is a kind of primitive appeal to the entire idea.  What if this presumed benign technology turns out to be the source of a number of problems ? Have we heard this theme before?

There are some interesting tech fixes for runners at least.

There are some interesting tech fixes for the hazards at least.