Recently I joined a women’s workshop that holds the intention of helping females tap into their divine feminine energy. This past Wednesday was the first meeting. There were several exercises we did to ground ourselves in the moment, one of which involved walking very slowly.
By slow, I mean slowwwww.
Taking several seconds to take a single step, and feeling each part of your foot as it meets the floor. We were told to have no destination in mind. Simply walk.
During this exercise, the teacher guided us in turning inwards to bring awareness to our bodies. This is when she asked a question that particularly struck me: “What are you leading with?”
As I stumbled about, trying to keep balance while walking the pace of a turtle, I began to take notice of my posture.
As I naturally moved through the room I noticed my head was pushed forward. In fact, my whole upper body seemed to be leaning forward as if it were trying to tell my feet “hurry up!”
Recently as I have been experiencing each day I noticed I am always preparing myself for the next moment. It has always been difficult for me to finish one thing to the fullest before moving to the next. I rarely finish books, I’m up and moving before I swallow the last bite of food, I trail off on another though in conversations before I finished the first.
This simple walking meditation allowed my awareness to be fully saturated in this particular habit o have been carrying. It allowed me to see how it was affecting me, and preventing me from remaining stable in the present moment.
After this realization came upon me, I was able to adjust. I gently pulled my head and shoulders back, and with the next step allowed my heart to lead the way. It now felt as if I was being guided by a force unseen. I became stable in my slow walk. I even had, dare I say, pep in my step. I was able to gracefully glide through the room, change direction, and do 360 turns without faltering.
I share this with you now because this moment was very impactful, and I feel it could offer great benefit to you.
Next time you are walking, bring awareness to your body. What is it you are leading with? How stable are your steps?
When I first began walking, I was leading with my mind. I was allowing the thoughts about the action to guide me. After the adjustment, my heart took the lead and I no longer had to question where I was stepping or how the nature of that step should look. It happened organically.
By bringing awareness to simple things like how you walk, you gain insight into deeper things, such as how you walk through life itself.
I encourage you to try this next time you have a spare moment, and feel free to share your experience in the comments.
I look forward to hearing from you.