Dew walking is a great addition to your morning routine to help you wake up and get ready for your day. It’s also a great way to practice the art of mindfulness.
Imagine waking up to the birds saying good morning to their neighbors, the sun is barely above the horizon. Grab a pair of wool socks as your leave your bedroom. As you walk to the front door, feel the carpet under your feet, what is the sensation as you move across the floor? Opening the door notice cool and crisp morning air on your face. Leave your socks on the doorstep and slowly walk through the dew-covered grass. Notice the sensation of each individual blade of grass. Do you feel the cool dew between your toes?
Take this time to just notice the sensation. You do not need to think about your upcoming day, simply consider the bird song, and the earth beneath you and the feel of the dew on your feet. As you slowly return to your house, continue to notice the sensation in your feet. Dry your feet and slip on your warm wool socks. How has the sensation changed? As you move around your house getting ready, continue to stay centered in this present moment. Notice as your feet start to warm up, it may take 10 to 20 minutes. Notice what else happens in your body. Do you notice any other changes as your feet warm? As you move into your day, is there a way to continue this practice of noticing?
This mindfulness exercise is also a type of contrast hydrotherapy. If you are new to dew walking or other forms of contrast hydrotherapy, it may be best to start dew walking in the summer months. Though if you are particularly adventurous, you may start at any time of year. Contrast hydrotherapy is the use of alternating hot and cold water to stimulate circulation. Dew walking is an abbreviated version of contrast hydrotherapy. You start warm (in bed), then walking in cool water, and then your feet are rewarmed by your own circulation. This rewarming process will help to increase the circulation of blood and lymph through the body.