Taking A Walk Down Easy Street — 10 Comments

  1. This is really interesting and I will try it out when I’m next out walking. I can sense just by reading the directions that they will work. I would be interested to have your further comment on your phrase ‘it’s a helpful way to inhibit any subtle ideas….’. For some reason I felt slightly uneasy about that sentence and I’m just trying to unpick why. You seem to suggest that the giving of these directions may be a helpful way to ‘inhibit any subtle ideas….of helping’. In other words, that the giving of the directions could bring about the process of inhibition. I feel the inhibitory act always has to be the primary one, the top of the chain, coming from within and cannot be the result or bi-product of some other agent. The directions you are speaking of may *prevent* subtle ideas from taking over but I don’t think they can be said to *inhibit* subtle ideas from taking over. Inhibition has to be the primary act in the sequence which then itself becomes the volitionary act (of giving directions, moving or whatever). It never becomes a static state, it is a portal for the next action. It’s not easy to make myself clear here, but would welcome your comments.

    • Thanks for you comments Caroline. And let me know how the directions work for you.

      For me there is no difference between preventing and inhibiting – I could just as easily have written “ prevent any subtle ideas…” Just thought I’d use a little AT terminology 🙂


      • Thanks Robert. I’m ill in bed with flu at the moment (third week). We have an epidemic in the UK! Whilst lying in bed I imagined going for a nice walk and giving the ‘I am free to notice the ease…’ directions. It was a really delightful experience and I also noted that I stopped coughing for the duration of my ‘walk’, which was very welcome! I will explore some more. Meantime, as far as inhibition and prevention are concerned, I had made an assumption that we would have the same concept of inhibition – but we don’t! This is a good lesson to learn.

        • That’s fantastic Caroline! I hadn’t thought of that – very indirect! – process.

          And, of course, the basic idea of that kind of sequence can be applied to ANY activity. I happen to like using walking (and swimming) as frameworks to explore directing.


  2. I love this, Robert. This is just the kind of sequencing I use all the time, including in my latest audio, the Power Pause. I sometimes also use the phrase, as in the audio, “I am free to notice ANY ease in my ____” starting out for people who my be averse to noticing ease somewhere that feels tense or tight. It seems to make it a bit easier (ha) to acknowledge that there might be some ease available. Thanks for writing this – fantastic!

    • Thanks Imogen – for your comment and for inspiring the blog.

      I can see that adding the “ANY” might be helpful in the way you suggested. I’ve found that using the basic direction “I am free to notice ease in my ___ ” works particularly well for parts of me, or processes within me, that I almost certain NOT be able to consciously notice. For example, when swimming, “I’m free to notice ease in my spine” works very well, I suspect in part because, in fact, I’m not AWARE of noticing anything in my spine. Which, of course, doesn’t mean there isn’t some noticing somewhere deep within my cranial vault!

  3. My mind wants to analyse – not necessarily helpful! – what we mean by this. Is it that we are *looking* for ease – trying to find it, which could be a bit ‘do-ey’. Or are we hoping to *create* ease – even more do-ey, and one would presumably say not, but would it be likely to happen anyway, which would be a good thing? Or are we just *asking*, and can I really just *enquire*, without trying to find it? I’ll just have to try it and see!

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