We start by walking how we walk … there is no other way. Part of the trick is to stay conscious of our walking and not mindlessly move around the room.
We can experiment with a regular walking beat to the music or settle into a rhythm of walking that emerges with the breath. This may take time to establish. On the way to a balanced and meditative walk you may find that you wobble, wriggle, speed up and slow down. It helps to bring your focus onto the movement of the legs, the placement of the feet and holding the rest of you as relaxed as possible.
Yesterday as the group walked, some moved slowly through higher lifts of the feet, others glided through, while one mover grappled with slowing down at all.
If you watch a group of movers, the quality of the walking is different on the second time through the cycle. Our body, mind and emotions have had a chance to come together and on the second cycle we are more ‘ready’ for a conscious experience of moving. We become more aware of our capacity to slow down and be present to each phase of the walking.
If you have time to chatter
If you have time to read
Walk in to mountain, desert and ocean
If you have time to walk
Sing songs and dance
If you have time to dance
Sit quietly, you Happy Lucky Idiot. (Nanao Sakaki)