Out of them all, only *one* family kept their shoes on in the house. One family in 30 years of visiting. I know I've said this before, but until recently I honestly thought that Americans who kept their shoes on indoors on TV were just representative of some weird tv-land trend. What seems to be the case, for the most part though, is that keeping your shoes on in the States is the rule, not the exception (whereas in Canada it's the exception...).
Here are some reasons why shedding your shoes in the house is the Eco-Yogi(ni) thing to do:
1. Less dirt tracked into your house= less to vacuum-sweep-mop= less energy and cleaners needed. I don't know why people ignore this, but when you walk outside your shoes step on dirt (etc), which depending on the weather can vary in quantity. This dirt is then dropped off at various points all over your house. That commercial for the fancy steam-vacuum that shoes the family walking all over the (gradually browned) rug? Wouldn't be a problem if they took off their shoes, where else do they think that dirt comes from?
2. Less cleaners and energy also means less house work for you... which also translates into more time for Yoga. :)
3. It's polite. Yeppers, taking your shoes off in someone else's house shows that you respect their home, their cleanliness and you trust that they keep a clean and welcome home. If you visit someone in Canada, it's a good bet to take off your shoes.
4. You can feel more comfortable curling up on the couch, chair or bed without shoes on.
5. You'll feel more connected to their earth, more grounded and centered in the present. I swear, shoes= working and being busy doing stuff. No shoes= relaxing and opening up.
6. You're ready for yoga at ANY TIME.
7. You get to enjoy wearing fun socks! (or slippers!)
8. Canadians are cool and we have fabulous ideas!
Are you an American that takes off your shoes in the house? Why or why not?
Happy Halloween Weekend!!
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