Health&Wellness Magazine May 2016 - Page 13

May 2016 & Mindful walking can help you connect to your inner sense of peace and calm, manage stress, increase spontaneity and enhance mental focus, creativity and problem solving. the mind to be all over the place, like a restless monkey jumping all around. Our job is to train it to be our ally rather than our master, and anyone can do it. Harshly judging yourself for “failing” at the task of mindful walking is counter-productive. Rather, use these moments as part of the practice itself, gently reframing “distractions” (whether it’s thinking, planning, remembering, hearing sounds, visual experiences or emotions) as “reminders” to gently guide your awareness back to the present moment, back to the walking and the natural world. It is traditionally said that we bring the kindness and gentleness of “a feather touching a bubble” to these moments rather than self-criticism, harshness and self-judgment. You can practice mindful walking for whatever amount of time you have available, either dedicating time specifically to that formal meditative activity or informally bringing mindful attention to all of your walking – anytime, anywhere. May you walk in beauty. Resources LOOK FOR US SOON! Chevy Chase How to walk (Mindful essentials). Thich Nhat Hanh (2015) Instructions for walking meditation. Insight Meditation Center http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/books-articles/articles/ instructions-for-walking-meditation/ About the Author Dr. John Patterson is past president of the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians and is board certified in family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. He is on the family practice faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Saybrook University’s School of Mind Body Medicine (San Francisco) and the Center for Mind Body Medicine (Washington, D.C.). He operates the Mind Body Studio in Lexington, where he offers integrative medicine consultations. He can be reached through his Website at www.mindbodystudio.org. 630 Euclid Avenue Suite 105 Lexington, KY 40502 (Next to Euclid Kroger) (859) 281-1218 M-F 8a–10p | S 8a–6p | Su10a–6p - MassageEnvy.com Hamburg 2200 War Admiral Way Beside Sportsman’s (859) 258-2200 Nicholasville Rd 116 Marketplace Dr In front of Walmart (859) 899-2300 For a specific list of services, check with the specific location or see MassageEnvy.com. Each location is independently owned and operated. ©2016 Massage Envy Franchising, LLC. 13