Have a partner take a long staff and take turns closing your eyes and walking slowly finding your way with your other senses. Have the partner place the staff in your way on various heights and angles and as you meet it continue to move and mind your alignment. Avoid spilling over or under the staff unless this is what you want to do. If it happens on it’s own it means you are not moving with control and awareness. Start slow but speed up the staff movement so you can feel it before impact and start to “see” what is in front of you.

Many times we have a feeling or fear to do something or dodge and are afraid to look foolish. This drill helps you move more naturally without caring for what you look like and to pay attention to the input you have from all of your senses. The sight is usally the dominant sense but it is not the only one who can work for you.

Smile, it relaxes the face.

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