The Great Unsung Hero of Anatomy

The bodies that we occupy during this life – ‘our’ bodies – have many different parts in order for us to deal with a multitude of activities that are presented to us every day. Some of these parts, such as eyes and ears, are so important that most of us simply cannot imagine life without them.

Our hands are used not only to skilfully craft all manner of items, but also to welcome others when we meet, and in addition to express ourselves.

Our legs propel us around the planet, and if we are female are considered to be a great source of beauty and elegance, something borne out by countless advertisements for tights and stockings.

However, there is one area of our bodies that in my opinion, doesn’t get the acclaim and recognition that it deserves.

This particular body component is extremely hard-working, though not terribly glamorous.

It supports us whatever we do and wherever we go.

It spends hours covered up in the dark, and for most of the time does not utter a single protest as it goes about its daily toil.

It is important enough to have a unit of measurement named after itself, but seldom features in any major film role or advertisement, and it only seems to get our attention when finally it has had enough and breaks down!

Yes… you’ve guessed; I’m talking about the human foot.

We just seem to take it for granted! Don’t we?

I was quite a keen middle-distance runner when I was young, an interest which started while I was still at school and which was fuelled by my desire to escape the self-importance of that organisation – to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding countryside while keeping up enough pace to constantly change the scenery.

Sometimes, during lessons, we would all be summoned for a ‘foot inspection’.

Looking back, those nurses must have had extremely robust constitutions!

They must also have had special training in self-desensitising, in order to be able to cope with the onslaught of thirty or more pairs of naked, perspiring and generally uncared-for, young male feet!

Anyone who was identified with a fungal infection was prescribed the appropriate cream and we all trooped off back to our lesson.

Plimsols were the universally accepted footwear for running at school, but looking back they seem so totally inadequate, with their flat soles and lack of support.

When I discovered ‘trainers‘ in the nineteen seventies it was akin to a ‘religious’ experience.

Here was a running shoe that embraced, caressed and supported your feet while you put ‘miles on the clock’. My first pair were called ‘Air’, and they were literally like running on air.

At this time I worked at a TV station in Central London adjacent to Regent’s Park and lunchtimes would find me frequently bounding around its semi-rural perimeter with other enthusiasts from work, always trying to put on an impressive display for the captive audience of sandwich-munchers perched upon their park benches.

When I was first introduced to Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon, I learnt about the importance of self-love and the basic ideas regarding the importance of eating the right food for our bodies and sleeping at the right times.

Also, the importance of generally looking after one’s body and not subjecting it to anything too harsh that could be described as abuse.

Years earlier I had often pushed myself too hard in the mistaken belief that it was necessary for the body to harden up and cope with the rigours of life. I remember spending hours operating a Kango hammer, digging up a stone-covered patio in order to create a new flowerbed. As a result of this abuse, a large lump appeared on my hand, which then had to be removed by surgery… (the lump that is!).

At that time, I had a job in Television and therefore had ‘soft hands’, which were not ideal for the volume of self-imposed weekend DIY that I was then undertaking. I had been trying to ‘harden myself up’ to compensate for this.

I was still running when I was in my mid to late thirties, and as the pain started to develop I had taught myself just to ignore it and run ‘through it’. It all came to a halt when I had to go and see the physio with a knee problem.

After that, I barely ran at all.

Walking really came into its own after that, along with basic foot maintenance!

One particular group of health-workers, who are hugely under-valued in my view, is Chiropodists.

Really good Chiropodists are worth their weight in gold in my opinion.

Now my feet have got a few miles on the clock, I often only realise that a visit is long overdue when I have to start modifying my walk to compensate for some corns or dead skin, situated in a crucial point of contact between my foot and where it touches down.

After a recent visit to my favourite local chiropodist, I came away with a pair of ‘completely new feet ‘.

At least that’s what it felt like.

I felt years younger, and as I walked away from her treatment room it was all I could do to restrain myself from breaking into a mild trot!

The anatomy of the foot is far from simple. There are twenty-eight tiny bones among the muscles and flesh that make up this dazzlingly versatile organ.

The job it was designed to do is hard and varied and often in temperatures and cramped environments that today’s health and safety brigade would quite simply not allow us humans to endure!

My wife is always telling me that I have rather fine and delicate feet, and I must add that I would never have admitted that publicly years ago, being… “hardly the way chaps were supposed to talk about themselves”… then.

But now being committed to self-love means loving my feet in whatever form they present themselves.

So, if they are fine and delicate, then so be it!!

The foot, I feel, is the great unsung hero of anatomy.

At the very least it deserves a great big round of applause and at the very most a whole lot of tender loving care!

So let’s hear it!

A Big Hand Please for …….. The Foot! …….. Yeah!

By Jonathan Cooke, France

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1,091 thoughts on “The Great Unsung Hero of Anatomy

  1. I completely agree with you, Jonathan, taking care of feet is so underrated. Even just soaking my feet in warm water after a long walk is so soothing and revitalising, and obviously keeps them clean.

  2. Massaging the feet makes them feel incredibly light as if you are floating on a cloud as we walk. And thank you Jonathan, as walking and the way we walk can assist in aligning us to the divinity we all come from without any pain just the simple gain of being connected to our essences.

  3. Thank you Jonathan for your blog but also for your wonderful sense of humour and playfulness which is well needed on our world which can get bogged down with seriousness.

  4. Our feet do so much for us – it is high time we began to appreciate and love up this amazing body of ours that really is our vehicle for expression.

  5. Jonathan I agree with you it seems to me that we do take our feet for granted and it wasn’t until I read this blog that I started to have more appreciation for my feet and just how remarkable they really are. They are now very much a part of my daily moisturising routine.

  6. I love taking note of how I walk and feeling my feet and my toes in my shoes spread out as I walk. I notice when I’m tense I curl my toes, as soon as I realise this I focus on them and spreading them flat as I walk. That then brings me back to my body and eases the tension.

  7. Jonathan I only can agree that our feet do not often get enough attention as they are so “far away”. Most of us take it for granted that they carry us through our lives. Therefore I very much appreciate it that you wrote this wonderful blog about The Great Unsung Hero of Anatomy – our feet.

  8. Jonathan, this article is great to read. I can feel how we can ignore our feet and not look after them in the way that we would other parts of our body.

  9. ‘But now being committed to self-love means loving my feet in whatever form they present themselves.
    So, if they are fine and delicate, then so be it!!’ Love how playfully you accept the big amount of delicacy of your feet and you Jonathan.

    1. Yes I have found the same profound thing…when I connect to my feet and their connection with the ground and how they move when I walk it seems to support my whole body and mind.

  10. Our feet are the foundation of our whole bodies and our whole being. If we’re not supporting our feet then we’re not supporting ourselves to walk with and in the authority of all that we are, our values, and all that we can bring.

  11. With every step we take the quality of our connection to our Soul, to God, to each other, to love, to the universe and our multidimensionalality, to everything is grounded and imprinted through our feet and we walk on the ground. So our feet hold great value as with every step we leave an imprint with the potential to reflect the vibration of Heaven to earth, as we, our body and Soul, earth the Divine.

    1. Carola very beautifully said especially the quality of our reconnection back to our soul and the possibility to reflect heaven on earth with every step we take.

  12. Our feet reveal the quality of how we have walked through life, both the current one and the many prior to this. They are a great indicator of how we choose to move through this plane of life, as this is the only plane of life where we need them!

  13. We really do overlook our feet, and without them we are severely restricted. Taking care of them has now become a part of my self care, including regular chiropody appointments which have been just amazing, it’s great to feel and see how much I can support my feet, and what a difference that care makes.

  14. I’m finding that when I’m tense I walk with my toes slightly curled inwards, like I’m grabbing onto life for dear life! When I notice this I spread my toes out and walk so that each part of my foot is gently massaged as it touches and then lifts off the ground. This connects me with space and the stress passes because I know they’ll be space so all that is needed will get completed.

    1. I find that too and if I am tense about something I find letting go of that toe grip and having a bit of a toe wiggle can help break me out of the cycle of getting more wound up and stressed and more tense.

  15. As I have matured I have really come to appreciate what a difference having a great pair of shoes can make. I love shoes that feel like they are hugging my feet…because my feet deserve to be hugged! And I too have come to love walking – it is often a deeply soul-full experience. So, yes, let’s appreciate our feet as Jonathan proposes and walk lovingly through our days.

  16. It makes perfect sense that if we don’t look after our feet there will be a situation that arises which brings our attention back to the fact that every part of our body is worth caring for.

  17. Thank you Jonathan for honouring feet that support our body wherever we go. When we don’t take care of our feet then the rest of our body cannot move freely.

  18. This really inspires me – what other parts of my body have I not really allowed myself to feel and appreciate? It actually feels like I am missing out on something. Like, all of us, some appear to be more ‘important’ in their role in society, at work, in our relationships, but we all play something – something that we might be completely taking for granted but actually so granted that we can never afford to be without. I can already feel the richness it would bring when we allow ourselves to really accept and feel EVERYTHING.

  19. I loved reading what you have shared Jonathan about the foot, amazing that this is such a neglected part of our anatomy, when I walk I am often feeling more other parts of my body, so now I will start with feeling the feet first then working my way up, feeling my body parts as one fluid movement.

  20. My feet were those appendages at the end of my legs which I really didn’t give much attention to when I was younger unless they began to hurt which was often after wearing a pair of very unsuitable, but what I considered to be, very fashionable shoes. The days of worrying about how fashionable my shoes are, are a thing of the past as now I buy for comfort first and foremost and if my feet don’t sigh in appreciation when I first put them on they definitely get put back on the shelf very quickly.

  21. Great sharing Jonathan and very well written with humor. Feet are indeed undervalued and not seen for what they truly bring. Like circulating back the love we send from our hearts through our legs to them. The pivotal point of our love circulating.

  22. Our feet are so important because they propel energy back up into our bodies, but then we have to ask ourselves what is the energy that is being circulated through our bodies?

  23. This blog invites me to feel more my foot. I agree with you Jonathan, they are The Great Unsung Hero of Anatomy. There is something very delicate on the sole, it feels very warm, playful and light…Let’s bring this qualities on my day, feeling inspired to walk in the joy of allowing this delicateness out. It may start on the foot and flow to the whole of the body, awesome! Thank you

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