I’m Rodger Douglas and I treat fibromyalgia with homeopathy. I use a body mind approach that revolves around simple and healthy living.
fox walk awareness practice
The fox walk is an awareness practice that helps us walk with attention and sensitivity to our surroundings. We walk barefooted on the ground while taking time to connect with the earth and our surroundings through our feet and our toes.
Most of us walk heel-toe, which means we place our heels on the ground first and then we roll onto the front of the foot. This way of walking came about when we started wearing shoes with heels for walking in cities. We didn’t need to be gentle and skillful in our gait.
In the past human beings walked barefoot toe-heel. This allowed them to explore the terrain with the front of the foot, either placing the ball of the big toe or the ball of the pinky toe first and then rolling the heel down to the earth. When you walk this way you have more awareness of the terrain you are walking on.
how to fox walk
Begin at the edge of a wood or field. Start by closing your eyes and relaxing your mind. When you feel calm and present open your eyes and look ahead.
Lift one foot while looking ahead, with your arms relaxed by your sides. Slowly and mindfully place your foot down on the earth big-toe side first, and then roll out to the pinky toe side. Finally, lower your heel down, being careful not to snap any twigs. Allow the weight of your body to settle into the front foot before slowly lifting the other foot.
Feel that you are balancing for a few moments on the standing foot, still looking ahead, still calm, steady and light, and still noticing what is moving around you.
Gradually, lower the next foot down on the big-toe side, rolling out to the pinky-toe side and then slowly lowering the heel. Give yourself fifteen to twenty minutes to practice this way of moving over the land.
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