I have this Pierre Cardin shoes with a rubber soles, that can’t do shit to grip a wet and slippery floor. And it’s a rather brand new pair of shoes so I couldn’t bear to just not wear it as well.
So every time i go to work on a rainy day, the path which i usually takes to my office will become very slippery. and it can be quite a pain to walk in a manner that protects my balance.
I took this in my stride (pun intended) and made it my training. How often to you think about the way you think about the way you walk? I have plenty of opportunity to do that everytime it rains, and i have to be conscious about my balance and grace.
I began to think about my gait, when i step on the wet floor, when the grip is good, you can move to your will, and move faster, and in moving faster, you can move time faster. Say on a dry floor, I’ll take 7 minutes to reach my office, and on a wet one, perhaps 10 minutes.
I can try to walk faster on a wet floor, but here is exactly my point. How much of our ego is actually doing the walking? How much of our walk is controlled by our urge to get to point B in the shortest, most efficient manner. Life sometimes is not about being efficient. the more eager the body and mind wants to get to a place, disaster can happens when we disregard the physical environment and the perils.
Its like an old manual car analogy, our propulsion is liken how much power is transmitted from the engine to the gears, via the clutch. the level of slippage or grip the clutch has will depends on the friction between the clutch plate. It is similar to my walk on a slippery road.
I simply cannot hurry a walk like that, no way will walking faster helps, because there will be no grip between my shoes and the floor, i will slip, slid and fall. Its a rather surreal feeling because, walking conscientiously on a slippery floor can be quite a perspective. you cannot hurry on a slippery floor, you have to get that balance and walk. and the moment you lose that concentration, you lose that grip on the floor and you go Oops!
Its also not hard concentration, rather a relaxed, loose feel. the whole body just feels gingerly around the stride and when i slips, the whole body adjusts slightly and compensated just about right to get the balance back.
So walking to work can be a form of practice.