February 11, 2017

Mindful Dog Walking

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:33 am by kellyfdennis

winter-road-in-the-mountains-10011173I took my dog for a walk this am, which in itself is not out of the ordinary. I was however, without my other walking partner. So, as the dog and I marched up the hill out of the valley we live in, I was thinking about my “to-do” list for the day, how to tackle it; there was so much to do in a short amount of time. You can relate, I know, we all have those thoughts from time to time. As the walk went on I noticed my neck and shoulders were beginning to feel tense. Now part of that is because it was 20 degrees outside and I think I was bracing against the cold! However, a larger part of it was that I was on autopilot, allowing the “to-do” list dictate how I was feeling. Fortunately, I noticed what was happening, being an in-tune-with-myself therapist and all, and looked up at the blue sky and noted to myself that the clouds were wispy and the air was crisp. I moved my attention to breathing in the cold air and then breathing out warmer air; paid attention to my feet in my sneakers and the feeling I was experiencing as I took each step. After about 3  minutes of mindfulness, my shoulders and neck were more relaxed and I found  myself smiling and looking forward to what the day might bring.

This is a reminder to me that, although our minds are very efficient problem solvers (wanting to solve my “to-do” list), being on autopilot and just allowing our minds to go wherever they will, isn’t always what’s best for our body and spirit.

Mindful dog walking what just what the therapist ordered this am!

Be well and have a wonderful day!

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