Hey, it’s Graham from The Confident Man Project coming at you from the beautiful bush land here, and today I want to talk to you a little bit about connecting back to nature. In our urbanized environment, often a lot of the time we’ve totally lost our connection with nature. Most of us guys these days live in big cities surrounded by concrete jungles and steel structures and motorcars and stuff, and we never even walk out into bush land like this. This is what the bush looks like in case you’ve forgotten. And as a result, we’ve really lost our connection with nature and the earth and all those things, and we’ve become a little anesthetized and insulated from it all.
We tend to walk around in rubber-soled shoes all the time, and we don’t even contact real, natural stuff anymore. So as a result we develop soles of our feet that are very thin and sensitive, and we never really harden up. That’s what I’m trying to say.
So what I’m recommending that you do is to combat some of this and start actually getting out into nature, and in particular start walking around your environment barefoot as much as you can. Now, if you’re not used to doing this like me, then your feet are going to hurt at first but that’s a fairly temporary kind of thing. Don’t do it to the extent where you’re bleeding and cut your feet to pieces. Don’t go walking on broken glass or anything.
But just generally walking around your environment without shoes for a while and just notice how that feels to be connected back down to the ground again. If you do this consistently, you’ll end up finding yourself a little more grounded, a little more solid, more confident and you’ll find that you’re not as detached from your environment and from your body’s sensations, your feelings and what’s going on around you all simply by taking the shoes off, chucking them away and, yeah, walking barefoot.
Give it a go this week. Walk around barefoot as much as you can. Notice a little bit of sensation and tingling in your feet as you do it and notice how much more grounded you feel.