Walking Barefoot & Grounding Quotes

Welcome to my page of quotations about grounding, or touching our bare feet and bodies and hands to the earth, to the soil and dirt. It’s wonderfully healing. If you haven’t tried it, consider this an invitation. –ღTerri

We touch the earth with our feet, and we heal the earth, we heal ourselves… ~Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddha Mind, Buddha Body: Walking Toward Enlightenment, 2008

I like to walk, touch living Mother Earth — bare feet best, and thrill every step. Used to envy happy reptiles that had advantage of so much body in contact with earth, bosom to bosom. [We] live with our heels as well as head and most of our pleasure comes in that way. ~John Muir, quoted in To Yosemite and Beyond: Writings from the Years 1863–1875, edited by Robert Engberg and Donald Wesling

As for the complex ways of living, I love them not, however much I practice them. In as many places as possible, I will get my feet down to the earth. ~Henry David Thoreau, journal, 1853 October 22nd

Everything, from kings to cabbages, needs a root in the soil somewhere. ~Woods Hutchinson, A.M., M.D. (1862–1930), “The Vacation Habit,” Civilization and Health, 1914

Sitting Bull loved his native soil with a love almost carnal, a love wholly mystical. Up before dawn always, he liked to bathe his bare feet, walking about in the morning dew. “Healthy feet,” he used to say, “can hear the very heart of Holy Earth.” ~Stanley Vestal, Sitting Bull: Champion of the Sioux, 1932

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Khalil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923

The moment that a child can walk,
like that in which it first can talk,
is a precious start of exploration into landscapes of creation.
Walking, walking, walking, walking, walking on the earth.
By sense of touch the feet assess
the nature of the wilderness
of earth beneath;
yet human speech cannot express
what feet can teach.
Walking, walking, walking, walking, walking on the earth.
~Francis D. Hole, “Walking on the Earth,” 1989

The security, stability, and firmness of the earth inspire those parts of my life that call for grounding. I give thanks to the earth for being the source of food, beauty, and my bones. I feel oneness with the rocks, the mountains, and Mother Earth… ~Author unknown

I was born to catch dragons in their dens
And pick flowers
To tell tales and laugh away the morning
To drift and dream like a lazy stream
And walk barefoot across sunshine days.
~James J. Kavanaugh, “Sunshine Days and Foggy Nights,” 1975

My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass. ~Terri Guillemets, “Old soil, new green,” 2006

Delve in! The year’s before us;
Spring’s promise fills the air.
Descendants of Antæus,
The brown earth’s touch can free us,
Renew us and restore us,
From the hand o’ carking care.
~Frederick Frye Rockwell, “Invitation,” Around the Year in the Garden, 1913

Spend time barefoot with adventure and joy. ~Terri Guillemets, “Heart & sole,” 2019, blackout poetry created from Mary Carter, Return to Hampton Beach, 2014, chapter 8

I walked barefoot — the only way to walk on a muddy road. ~Laurie Gough, “Light on a Moonless Night” (Fiji), in A Woman’s Passion for Travel: More True Stories from a Woman’s World, 1999

Listen to the earth with your feet. ~Terri Guillemets