1. Create an intention for the walk. The various intentions I created for my walks are similar to these:
2. Stand quietly in Wu Chi (emptiness) at the beginning of the walk. We stand in this way until we feel grounded and connected to self and nature. To do this, we stand with our feet about shoulder width apart, weight evenly distributed between each foot, knees slightly bent, back straight, hips tucked in and neck aligned with the spine. Our chin is slightly tucked so that our neck is straight. Our eyes have a soft focus. We breathe evenly and deeply, visualizing the breath as a silken stream. We allow ourself to feel rooted into the ground, perhaps by visualizing roots growing from the bottom of our feet into the Earth. We give thanks to the strength of the Earth and to the strength within. As we stand, we check in with ourself, observe and note any aches and pains, and observe and make note of our general state of well-being. Once noted, we relax and enjoy simply being present with Creation and ourself. When we are content in the present moment, with mind quiet and spirit grateful for our connection to the universal energy flow that exists between all things, we begin to walk and fully enjoy our opportunity for mutual sharing.