We climbed the Cathedral Rock Trail in God’s House (Sedona, Arizona) totally barefoot.
Well I just had to share this with you.
Firstly, what is God’s House?
Well I can describe it to you with this quote that I think I read from a writer at New Yorker Magazine.
“God built the Grand Canyon but he lives in Sedona.”
I did something today I NEVER expected that I would be doing. I climbed the rocky and steep trail up Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona barefoot. And so did Karmyn, Andrew and Rainbow.
I’m so proud of myself and my family for having done this. For I have not been Mr. barefoot for most of my life.
In fact, yesterday I climbed up Cathedral Rock with Andrew and Rainbow but Andrew and I had hiking boots on. But Rainbow went barefoot.
Her feet are so strong that she can sprint on rocks. Same with Andrew.
So we figured we’d try going a very small part of the way barefoot. To both Karmyn and my astonishment it was not that painful. So we went all the way up to the top barefoot even though we had brought some shoes in case we couldn’t. And we came all the way back down barefoot. I’m sure once Karmyn and my feet get used to it we will find that hiking barefoot is far superior to using hiking boots.
Coming down my feet started hurting more than on the way up. But I still did it all the way.
We were barefoot hiking for 3 hours and 15 minutes. And were the only humans that we encountered that went up barefoot. And there were a lot of people climbing the trail that we passed. We did see two dogs going up barefoot.
I tell you it made for a fantastic conversation starter to hike up there barefoot as a lot of people wanted to know more about the family that hikes barefoot.
It was a majestic experience and the beauty of Cathedral Rock and Sedona is incredible. My video camera does not even come close to doing it justice. It just doesn’t capture the colors and beauty that you actually see with the naked eye when here.
So why go hike barefoot and why is it important to you?
1. Because of the incredible healing effects of Grounding or Earthing. If you want to have better sleep, reduce inflammation, heal chronic injuries, gain protection from excessive electromagnetic frequencies and just have better health and happiness overall then you’re going to want to start grounding as soon as possible.
And try to get in a minimum of 20 minutes per day. Yesterday I got close to 4-hours of Grounding due to the long hike and other Grounding opportunities and I slept like a baby as a result. Yes if you have insomnia it might indeed help you to fall asleep much easier.
To me that’s felling two mangoes with one stone. I’m always looking for opportunities throughout my day to Ground. As my feet get stronger I’ll be able to do way more things barefoot.
In fact, I’m totally shocked I was even able to do this. Maybe the fact that there are strong vortex points at Cathedral Rock made it easier for me to take the pain of walking barefoot. Of course, had I been walking barefoot all of my life this would not have been a problem but over the years I have developed wussie feet which leads me into the next reason for hiking barefoot.
2. Because wearing shoes is the equivalent of wearing a cast. It makes your feet really weak. So I’m trying to undo 48 years or so of wearing casts on my feet. For the last year or so I’ve been barefoot more often than not. And so I’ve been gradually strengthening my feet.
I have intentionally walked on rocks and more painful stuff at the beach to try and gradually harden my feet up. But only for like 10 to 15 minutes at a time and certainly not every day. But this was my most intense trial yet.
It’s the following day and my feet are still sore. So I don’t think I’ll do that hike again barefoot today. But I think by tomorrow my feet will be totally pain free and I’ll also have a lot tougher feet so I can do that same climb again even easier.
We’re all very much looking forward to more barefoot hiking in the years to come.
By the way I think you’ll find this interesting.
My 5 year old daughter Rainbow used to hate hiking when she used her hiking boots. It was like she constantly wanted me to carry her. She’d walk a minute or two and then want me to carry her. And carry her I did for much of our previous hikes.
But once we took the boots off of her and just let her go barefoot she was EXTREMELY happy, willing and eager to go on long hikes without me having to pick her up at all. She went all the way up the Cathedral Rock Trail by herself two times. It’s a short hike (takes me about a half hour with my shoes) with a steep 600 foot elevation change. There are a number of times where you’re climbing rock and using your hands too.
Rainbow just never liked wearing shoes (or clothes for that matter) and so she was very uncomfortable with when we put the hiking boots on her.
Do you know how much money I can save if I don’t have to buy the kids and myself shoes anymore?
Your Radiant Health, Fitness and Infinite Potential Coach,
The 49-Year Old Teanajer
“World leader in 100% Raw Food Diet, Anti-Aging and No-Equipment Fitness Training”
P.S. If you’d like to take your health to an even higher level than Grounding can achieve or then I recommend you try experimenting with a Raw Food Diet. Raw Food is like an extension of Grounding or getting attuned to Nature.
And the easiest way to go raw is to love what you eat. Once you discover the wide variety of Savory Raw Carbs foods and the Anticraver Secret Recipe I think you’ll see that your cooked food cravings are a thing of the past.
In fact I just got this email in the other day with yet another Anticraver testimonial.
Just writing to let you know that I’ve started making some variations of the “Anticraver” recipes, with (blank) being the main ingredient. The (blank) really are an “anti-craver”, I didn’t know how filling they could be if you eat them in large quantities! Next thing I’m gonna try out is making the savory flat bread.