G Is For Glass Walk
If you only know me from this website you may be a little surprised to learn that when I’m not teaching about the Mindfulness Mindset I am a Firewalk facilitator, and sweat lodge keeper. As well as Firewalking, I lead people through breakthrough activities such as breaking boards and slabs with their hands, and breaking and bending arrows and steel bars with their throat, even mountain treks in Africa, all of which are hugely influential in my mindfulness journey.
But of all the activities I teach, walking broken glass is by far the most mindful experience. As people walk slowly across the glass, and hear in cracking under their feet, their focus is 100% on what their feet are telling them. What was happening before, and what will happen after, is completely removed from their thoughts.
All of their awareness is honed in on what their feet are experiencing.
Now, I’m not telling you, or suggesting in any way, that you go out and smash up some old jam jars and give it a go! Any of the activities I lead should only be taken part in with a fully qualified and experienced facilitator – but you can practice listening to your feet…
Why not ditch your slippers and walk around the house in barefoot – take notice of what you experience. Is the floor cold or hot? What part of your foot touches down first? What do different floorings feel like?
You could also take a short walk down the garden path with no shoes – go slowly and see what you notice, maybe even close your eyes. Turn your awareness to what you feel through your feet, and also how your feet feel as you walk like this. A lot of people find that they put a different part of their foot to the floor first when they are barefoot – is this true of you.
This kind of walking is excellent in helping to develop a Mindful Mindset as it starts you on a journey of really paying attention to what is going on around you, and within you, however big or small it may be.