The Lakota Sioux believed it is good for the skin to touch the earth, and their elders liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth. They would sit upon the earth instead of propping themselves up and away from its life-giving forces. For them, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly. This way, they believed they could see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives around them.

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