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The JOY of Meditative Walking As a longtime proponent of daily meditative walking (not one to sit still!), I want to suggest it as one of the most effective ways to cope with the stressors of the pandemic. Walking as a form of meditation can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks and Buddhist monks. Henry Thoreau introduced the benefits of meditative walking in nature to modern society in his seminal Atlantic article, “Walking.” Psychiatrists abroad are known to “prescribe“ walking in nature as an antidote to anxiety and depression. The simple truth is walking elicits JOY and we all need more of that these days. A multitude of interesting and diverse philosophical meditations on the benefits of walking on the mind, body and soul: “A certain Zen proverb goes something like this: "A five year old can understand it, but an 80 year old cannot do it." The subject of this riddle-like saying has been described as "mindfulness"---or being absorbed in the moment, free from routine mental habits. In many Eastern meditative traditions, one can achieve such a state by walking just as well as by sitting still—and many a poet and teacher has preferred the ambulatory method.” ”This is equally so in the West, where we have an entire school of ancient philosophy—the "peripatetic"—that derives from Aristotle and his contemporaries' penchant for doing their best work while in leisurely motion. Friedrich Nietzsche, an almost fanatical walker, once wrote, "all truly great thoughts are conceived by walking." Nietzsche's mountain walks were athletic, but walking---Frédéric Gros maintains in his A Philosophy of Walking---is not a sport; it is "the best way to go more slowly than any other method that has ever been found." “More generally, writes Ferris Jabr in The New Yorker, "the way we move our bodies further changes the nature of our thoughts, and vice versa." Applying modern research methods to ancient wisdom has allowed psychologists to quantify the ways in which this happens, and to begin to explain why. Jabr summarizes the experiments of two Stanford walking researchers, Marily Oppezzo and her mentor Daniel Schwartz, who found that almost two hundred students tested showed markedly heightened creative abilities while walking. Walking, Jabr writes in poetic terms, works by "setting the mind adrift on a frothing sea of thought." (Hear Dr. Oppezzo discuss her study in a Minnesota public radio interview above.)” http://www.openculture.com/.../how-walking-fosters... (Philosophy, creativity and walking) https://www.theatlantic.com/.../1862/06/walking/304674/ (Thoreau’s “Walking”) https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/walking-meditation-public/ (Buddhist walking abridged version) https://www.brainpickings.org/.../walking-meditation.../ (Peripatetic walking as an Eastern tradition) https://www.brainpickings.org/.../flaneuse-lauren-elkin/... (Literary walking) https://www.headspace.com/meditation/walking-meditation (Introductory meditative walk)

September 21, 2020

April 13, 2020

I feel it's important to celebrate GOODNESS and HEROES now more than ever. I want to recognize The Childhood Cancer Project for their $60,000 donation to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Cycle for Survival Team HOPP. HOPP is a group of world renowned physician-scientists and researchers who devote 24/7/365 days per year researching, treating and sequencing over 50,000 tumors. Their research has revolutionized cancer treatment around the world by figuring out cancers mutations, drivers and pioneering less toxic treatments. The Childhood Cancer Project's generous gift was a matching campaign which greatly magnified their donation. In fact, Cycle for Survival raised over $40 million dollars this year alone, giving countless children, teens and adults more tomorrows. Thank you all for your life-saving generosity, you are truly a force for GOOD!

March 16, 2020

Education: Children, Teens, College Students

Khan Academy – "Created by experts, Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers." https://www.khanacademy.org/

Scholastic Learn At Home: "This free resource provides your children with 20* days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with you and your family." www.scholastic.com/learnathome

Personal Enrichment Education: Children, Teens, Adults

Great Courses Plus: "We are proud to be working with some of the world's most iconic brands to bring you unique learning experiences. Whether you are cooking alongside chefs from The Culinary Institute of America, getting insights from National Geographic photographers, or exploring other cultures with the help of the Smithsonian, T...

January 24, 2020

For me, health and wellness coaching and healthy weight loss is not so people can be “skinny” as written about in magazines. For me, it’s about health (both physical and mental) and as a way to prevent cancer, Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. But let’s talk about the mental health part of weight loss. Far too many girls (and boys) let weight and body image control their lives and it stops them from fulfilling their dreams and potential. I never want that to happen. That is my "why" for being a health and wellness coach.

January 24, 2020

I want to erase the word "HAPPY" and replace it with "JOY!" What is happy? The key to life is finding "JOY" in any situation. I have seen people I know and love face the most horrific experiences that anyone could ever imagine: losing children to gun violence, terrorism, cancer, facing stage 4 diagnoses. The one thing I've found that keeps them getting up each morning putting one foot in front of the other is their why, their passionate purpose and meaning that leads to JOY. They use their unimaginable experiences to help others and solve the problem that created their despair through awareness, funding research, fighting unjust laws and governments etc. Happiness is bullshit. Find and pursue your meaning, passionate purpose and you will have lived a good, meaningful and JOY filled life.

January 21, 2020

January 20, 2020

Photo Credit: Stephen F. Somerstein, a City College of New York student, took photos of Dr. King's Selma march and they're now featured in a powerful new exhibit.Photo: Stephen F. Somerstein (3) http://nypost.com/2015/01/17/the-stories-behind-powerful-photos-of-dr-kings-selma-march/

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is always one of the most inspiring and important days of the year. Not only because it commemorates and honors one of the greatest men to have ever graced the earth but for me, because every year on this day, I re-read Dr. King's iconic and incendiary "Letter From A Birmingham Jail." It energizes  me with a renewed sense of purpose and meaning and will hopefully do the same for you.

In my opinion, "Letter From A Birmingham Jail"  ranks up there with the Gettysburg Address, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence as one of the most brilliant and meaningful documents ever written. It is a call to action for people to dig deep within themselves and have the courage to st...

January 17, 2020

When the high school football player you health coached to lose 30 pounds gets a football scholarship to play football at the University of Florida next year = JOY. So proud of him and his health and wellness transformation. NCAA bound! And yes, girls can coach football players!! 💪

January 1, 2020

December 31, 2019

Years ago, I found a valuable and introspective exercise in goal setting and planning that I share every year in time for the new year. 

I encourage all of you to take a break during your holiday vacation and read and re-read the exercise below and designate some time for yourself to complete it. 

As Bobby Kennedy wisely said, "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." The first step of achieving greatly is creating a goal list and action plan for yourself. 

"Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come. 


Goals give us direction. They put a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious, and subconscious level. Goals give our life direction.


What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to attract into your life?...

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