Walking with Attention: The Fox Stance
From the first moment the author was introduced to the art of walking with attention, his view of walking was altered forever – and so was his life.
The walking practice opened a door to completed states of awareness for him, resulting in profound insights regarding how he perceived the world and nature.
Many walks of attention start with the Fox Stance, and here are instructions for the practice.
The Fox Stance
Each step of the fox is deliberate, taken with full attention and energy. All his senses are receiving information from his surroundings and all their beings.
Instructions for Practice
1. To begin, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
2. Take a step forward with your left food but leave the right food where it is.
3. Position your upper body slightly forward but with more of your weight on your back foot. This will not be easy at first. By putting more of your weight on your back foot, your back knee will probably be bent slightly more than the front.
4. Arms are held in a comfortable position at your sides.
5. Adapt an unfamiliar position with your hands.
6. Take a few deep breaths and state out loud the intention of your walk.
This is the basic starting position fo rmost walks — by adopting it you have already created a way for your walk to begin that is unique and not part of your everyday world. This stance prepares you for your journey.
Adapted from Earthwalks, For Body and Spirit by James Endredy (Bear & Company, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by James Endredy. Reprinted by permission of Bear & Company www.innertraditions.com
Adapted from Earthwalks, For Body and Spirit by James Endredy (Bear & Company, 2002).