It was a choice between two quotes on Līgo Haibun Challenge this week, and I kept returning to the following one: “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh
I have always thought there is something very raw and beautiful about walking barefoot…through life. To run around without shoes – a natural choice, full of pleasure, back in the days of greener grass and brighter sky. There was a road, leading to my grandparents house – the most usual suburban one, without the layers of black asphalt, sucking out every single sign of life. Yes, I know…the progress and the amazing things it brings along, yet the pureness about the pebbles of all shapes and sizes among the grains of sand under my feet was special.
pebbles from childhood summers
collected in memories
I must admit there’s nothing similiar to the feeling of walking barefoot through a meadow on a summer morning when everything around is just waking up. The glistening dew drops, softly bending the blades of grass. Petals of the blossoms still moist before opening, caressed by the first intangible rays of light. The wonder to be a part of all that…every step of the way, almost tingling as nature’s energy flows in, resonating from toes through every cell of my body. If there’s anything close to that experience, it is the beauty of the beach…either tiptoeing through the heated sand to the water or just walking, enjoying the playful tickle of rippling waves.
trickles of dew drops
rolling down bare feet
This week’s quote “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet” by Thích Nhất Hạnh reminded me of the lines, written by a Latvian poet Jānis Poruks: “To walk not stepping on any flowers, to stand not being on anybody’s path”. Barefoot or not, it is a true art, a virtue to be able to live life that way. To feel, to notice and understand, to learn, realise and not to destroy. To be in harmony not only with people around but also with nature and oneself. I am still learning that and, most probably, I always will.
journey of life
paved with good intentions
roads not taken