We’re taking a walk with a difference today. First, a little expanation. As children learning to walk we picked up a tremendous amount simply by imitation. That was our basic template for patterning our movments. We’ve made little use of it since but this simple faculty is brilliantly hard wired into our brains. Its every bit as responsive and eagar to help out as it ever was – in the right environment. With our sensing & feeling ability in gear, we have the perfect time to undo and re-learn our movement patterns. What follows from this process is not limited to just freedom of movement.
Today we’re getting the bigger picture of learning through imitation. Here is today’s lesson:
Go to a shopping centre or just down the street and copy just 3 peoples’ feet as they are walking.
The difference this time is that I want you to look at or shift your attention somewhere else. For example, look past their feet, past them completely or even at their head. This puts your image of their feet in your peripheral vision somewhat. In this case, your brain or your other than conscious mind fills inthe blanks for you. It completes the picture for you using bigger pieces of information rather than the details. For example the rhythm of their overall foot movement, the pace, the pattern, the beat or the bigger systems at work.
This is the opposite of ‘being focused’ on particulars like on TV screen, or concentrating on something to learn it or even ‘putting in the effort’ required to get good at something. This is a different kind of learning entirely.
SENSING & FEELING
Exactly as we paid attention to our feet, our legs and our entire body after the chair exercise, we do the pyaing attention – noticing – sensing & feeling again. This time its while we’re walking. Its an essential part of our process. Its a type of moving meditation.
Where has your breathing changed?
How has your breathing changed?
Where in your upper body has changed the most?
Where in your lower body has changed the most?
Most importantly – try to recover your original way of walking. Try to ‘do your own walk’ in the habitual way.
See what YOU have to change to recover your own way of walking. How much willpower do you need to to get back to your own walk….OR what changes do you have to make to get it back?
This newer way of walking has slipped past the fixed patterns you inherited and adapted.Its something to celbrate, wildly.
From now on there is no adaptation, just freedom of movement and ease of mobility. Your brain doesn’t need an indepth undestanding to make these changes. Just practice is all. And best of all your body and nervous system will maintain most of this easier way of moving.
*For the lesson day after tomorrow, you’ll need some Green Tea. If you do your Sensing & Feeling in the evening time, then its the decaffeinated version you’ll need.