Hello! This mindful task is called Mindful Movement, and involves focussing on a simple movement, something as simple as walking. Throughout a day we move a tremendous amount. From larger movements, such as running to smaller movements such as picking up our toothbrush.
Once our brain has sent a signal for us to move, then different body parts, like arms, legs and our back, combined with the internal mechanisms such as, muscles, tendons and joints, work together to achieve the movement.
We rarely think about all of this because it’s so automatic. Today, I want you to try and get back in touch not only with how much is required to make a simple movement, but also how amazing your body is for being able to accomplish everything it can.
In order to achieve this, you are going to have to move slowly so that we can notice which parts of your body are activated. Pick 2 points to walk between in your home and you’re basically you’re going to walk as slowly as you can.
However, as you walk you are going to focus on what your body is doing and how it feels. Here are some things you may be able to notice: How your weight shifts from different parts of your foot and from one foot to another.
Which parts of your foot get involved in the movement. Where other parts of your body become active, such as ankles, knees, hips, spine, shoulders and arms. You may notice what your head and hands are doing whilst you are walking.
Does leading with the left foot feel different to leading with the right? Can you notice the moment when one foot is off the floor? Which part of your foot touches the ground first and last? Maybe there is some tension, tightness or heat that you can be aware of.
There are so many things to notice you won’t be able to notice them all at once. So try this a number of times and pick one or two things to focus on each time. For example, the first time you do this focus on how your weight shifts and which part of your foot moves.
The next time you could focus on how your knees and arms are involved. And so on. Equally you can do this task with other movements too. Maybe when you next sit down to eat something you can be aware of all the movements that take place to pick something up and eat it, or everything that needs to move to help you get into bed.
Our bodies are amazing so let’s start noticing and appreciating everything they can do for us. Right, now it’s your time to go and have a go at mindful walking. I do hope you get something out of the task and I look forward to sharing another video again with you soon.
Bye for now 🙂