Walking Chants

Updated 4/24/08

We'd like to introduce a special form of breathing; called Walking Chants or getting in step. This consists of breathing in for two steps and out for three. In: one-two, and out: three-four-five. Because you'll be counting an odd number (five) and have two feet, you'll alternate the beginning of your inhalation from foot to foot. You can use any odd number (3,5,7,9) although five and seven seem the most natural. We call this OddWalking.

Non–consciously we usually inhale on the same foot while walking or starting to climb stairs. This breathing exercise will break the pattern and force you to alternate inhalations between steps. Added to what you've already learned, this exercise will facilitate brain hemisphere switching while you walk. For old mental patterns to be changed or broken, they must be replaced with new and different ones, and this is an effective way to do so.

Use of Walking Chants is a way to reinforce the effects of OddWalking. Each line of a chant needs to have an odd number of "feet" (trimeter, pentameter, heptameter, etc.), may rhyme or not and can use any beat arrangement (iambic, trochaic, anapestic, etc.).

Examples of Simple Lines
J. S. Bach un-lock.
Far and free will know and see.
All ways heed the home.
Time is slow so rhyme and go.
Floa-ting on my breath.
Use odd rhyme and sway slow time.
Hi ho hi ho it's,
Ee nee mee nee mi nee mo,
off to work we go.
night is one more place to go.

You might want to try letting the chant form itself. With each inhalation say the word "In" and with each exhalation say "Yo" and then listen for any sounds or words which want to join in. Be aware that different sounds naturally resonate at different points of your breathing apparatus. For example the series (heat, hear, heed, heel, helix, hem) starts high in the nose and descends into the belly in six distinct steps.

he, ha, who, ho
Me, ma, moo, moe
We, wa, woo, woe
Yee, yeah, you, yo
bone, hone, home, broom, hoom

Another way to play with this is by using just three sounds. The sound Ee (as in free) is the highest, Ah or Aw--mid-range and Oh--the bottom. With these three you can make up a proto-language which can have startling effects.
•Oh Aw (Homa)
•Oh Ah Ee (Hoame)
•Ee Oh Ah (Eoma)

If you practice, then when the Martians land and say, "BeAwTaSaWa YeMoToeHaYa BaMe NoBoHaTe PePo HuNaWeHoHa MeSaYo SeHeAw§" You'll have a pretty good idea of what's on their minds and can instantly reply, "EWa Ho SoSeYuMe MoYuYe SoPoHuTaE•"

After hearing a native Proto speaker, you'll have a definite grasp of Proto and can continue the discussion on the finer points of why it is that we Earthlings keep live plants hostage in shopping malls.

"HoBaABeHa MaYeYeBePe MaHe NaNaHaSeA MoHuMo MoHoHe Ah YeWeMe Ma PeHuNa Ne YeYe NeMeMoMaHe§ YoToe TeMoBeHoYu HeAwNa MaTeYo Pa Ho TeHo NaSaMaYe WeHe•"

"HeToeHuHu HuSeHo YuBoHaPo YuWaTeYo ToeAMaNoHo HeHaMeHaNo HuSe AwMe MeYuPo BaMaA§ ToeYu Ha ToePo MaBeMa Te§ YuSeHa BoBe MoToe WeHaAhToeSa So YaYa• BaYoToe WeTeBe BeYoMeMa Ho TaSeBoBeWe WeMaSoYo NoBoHoHa NeMa HaHe BeMaBaToePa MoNoYa YaPaº"

"E YuAMaBaAw• MaHo MoMoHoToe MaNo MaHeSaPo HoYoPe ABe Ah WoYu YaMaHoNa PaNaPe MoPoHe PePeYaHo§ MaHeSeHa MaBoHePa PeAwSo SeSa HeNo Pe SaYu BoPaBaPe Mo§ PaYuWe YuPaTaAhHe MoTeHe Be NeWo Ne YoE WaHuMaPa SaPoYo WeSo YaHeAYoYa§"

"SeMeHo Neº"

"So Be YeHo AwSoNoº"

"PaNa AwBe§ SoMeToe PeHoSeNoSe YeHeMeHa• Me Ha HoMeBa Bo ToeHoTa AwTePa HaMaAPo HeSoWoAhMe HeA• Se WoESaBo PeMe TeYeMaAwNo PaHeº Be Maº HeYuHe Pa MeMaAwAhHu A HaWoMa TeBoBaSa HuHaHa HuMoHeMe SoAwAh HoHoHoNa§ HaMoHu Yo YoNo MeHaTe ENoHa SaWeEWaMa Me WoTeMaSo Mo AhToeWa HeHo•"

"ESeNaAhPo MoTaSeYaWaº"

"YoWeAToeSo HeNoAHa Ah§ HuYaWoMoE AWo YaNoPe ENoNa§ PoNeHaWo HoSaYu Pa WoHaAhPoMa HoHaYe TeMaHuMeE Ma MaToePaº SeMeNe•"

You task is develop your Walking Chants using:

1. Numbers--by counting
2. Songs or poems that you know
3. Invent your own poems
4. Random (if there is such a thing as mental random)--letting it come to you
5. Proto--that wonderful intergalactic language of trade and exploration so deeply embedded in our physiology.

And to learn to speak Proto spontaneously.

Walking Chants are, for the most part, meant to be expressed sub-vocally. Proto, on the other hand--well, on the other hand...

Want to expand Walking Chants into something larger? Try Songlines.

More: The Structure of Delight pp. 216-217