Earthwalks for Body and Spirit: Exercises to Restore Our Sacred Bond with the Earth

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Mar 1, 2002 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 200 pages
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A workbook of simple walking exercises to quiet the mind, expand consciousness, and rediscover our sacred relationship with Earth.

• Foreword by Victor Sanchez, author of The Teachings of Don Carlos.

• Includes 45 walking techniques that were developed from the author's work with Huichol Indians of western Mexico.

• Explores the power of moving meditation for achieving new levels of spiritual awareness through connecting with elements of the natural world.

• Includes group and individual exercises.

In Earthwalks for Body and Spirit, a workbook of 45 simple walking exercises, author and workshop leader James Endredy shows us how the act of walking can be a catalyst for personal transformation by teaching us to develop our attention, quiet the mind, expand our consciousness, and rediscover our sacred relationship with Earth. Each of the exercises, many of which are based on the author's work with the traditional indigenous practices of the Huichol Indians of western Mexico, offers step-by-step instructions and comments that will help you to gain the most from the walk. Additionally, the author focuses each group of exercises on a different aspect of transformation?there are walks of attention and awareness; group connection; connection to the nierikas (powers) of Sun, Water, Wind, Fire, and Mother Earth; connection to the energies of animals, trees, and places of power; and finally, as a way of honoring both your new understanding of Self and your deepened relationship with Earth, walks of offering and vision.
 

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Contents

EARTHWALKS
2
The Endless School
7
Walking to Better Health
8
Connecting or Conquering?
10
How to Use This Book
12
Keywords
14
Learning How to Walk
19
Creating a Sacred Space
20
NIERIKAS
86
WIND
88
22 Communication
89
23 Cleansing
91
24 Changing Direction
93
SUN
97
25 Sunrise
98
26 Sunset
101

Walking Safely
21
Walks of Attention
23
ATTENTION
24
The Fox Stance
25
1 Walk of Attention
27
2 Walk of Balance
29
3 Walk of Equilibrium
32
4 Barefoot Walk
33
5 A Childs Eyes
35
6 Count Three
37
7 Count Three Variation
40
8 Walk of Silence
41
9 Night Vision
43
10 Walking Backward
47
11 Hat with Mirrors
50
12 Five Steps
54
13 Shadow World
56
14 Into the Unknown
58
15 The Beacon
62
16 Embracing the Darkness
64
17 Predator and Prey
66
18 Cure for Loneliness
69
Walks for Groups
73
A GROUP
74
19 Walking as One
75
20 One Body
80
21 Together
82
Walks of Connection to the Powers of Earth
85
27 Illumination
102
WATER
106
28 Fluidity
107
29 Still Motion
109
30 Rain
112
MOTHER EARTH
116
31 Love Healing
117
32 Cycles
119
33 Developing Reciprocity
123
34 Heartbeat
128
FIRE
131
36 Source
134
Walks of Connection to Animals Trees and Places of Power
137
ANIMALS
138
37 Breakthrough
139
38 Journey
144
TREES
149
39 Below and Above
150
PLACES OF POWER
154
41 Sphere
158
42 Split
162
Walks of Offering and Vision
165
OFFERING AND VISION
166
43 Seasons of Change
167
44 Giving Back
170
45 Walk for Vision
173
Final Comments
178
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Earthwalks for Body and Spirit
Exercises to Restore Our Sacred Bond with the Earth

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Preface

I. Earthwalks: What, Why, and How
The Endless School
Walking to Better Health
Walking in Nature
Connecting or Conquering?
What Are Earthwalks?
How to Use This Book
Key Words
Learning How To Walk
Creating a Sacred Space
Walking Safely
II. Walks of Attention
The Fox Stance
1. Walk of Attention
2. Walk of Balance
3. Walk of Equilibrium
4. Barefoot Walk
5. A Child's Eyes
6. Count Three
7. Count Three Variation
8. Walk of Silence
9. Night Vision
10. Walking Backward
11. Hat with Mirrors
12. Five Steps
13. Shadow World
14. Into the Unknown
15. The Beacon
16. Embracing the Darkness
17. Predator and Prey
18. Cure for Loneliness
III. Walks for Groups
19. Walking as One
20. One Body
21. Together
IV. Walks of Connection to the Powers of Earth
Nierikas
Wind
22. Communication
23. Cleansing
24. Changing Direction
Sun
25. Sunrise
26. Sunset
27. llumination
Water
28. Fluidity
29. Still Motion
30. Rain
Fire
31. Connect to the Universe
32. Source
Mother Earth
33. Love Healing
34. Cycles
35. Developing Reciprocity
36. Heartbeat
V. Walks of Connection to Animals, Trees, and Places of Power
Animals

37. Breakthrough
38. Journey
Trees
39. Below and Above
Places of Power
40. Encounter
41. Sphere
42. Split
VI. Walks of Offering and Vision
Offering
43. Seasons of Change
44. Giving Back
45. Walk for Vision
Final Comments

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