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The Zen of Walking - Newsletter Issue #28
July 23, 2013
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Each small step forward brings you one step closer to "en-liten-ment."
Walking is easy to do, requires no special equipment, and doesn’t cost anything extra, except for a good pair of walking shoes. It’s also a great way to begin moving and exercising after a period of being sedentary. It’s easy on the joints and it’s pretty hard to get injured doing it. It’s also a wonderful way to explore our environment without burning precious fuels. It’s the original green exercise.
Walking can be done alone or it can be a great way to build friendships and camaraderie with others. To speed up weight loss and fitness, it can be made more challenging by adding weights, varying speeds, and walking terrains. Because of this, walking is an exercise that can be done on a regular basis and a person will not grow tired of it.
A recent study showed that just 10 minutes of regular walking a day helped significantly reduce bothersome belly fat. Belly fat is directly linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and early death. Who doesn’t have a spare 10 minutes to ditch the spare tire? Walk even more and lose more weight. It’s a pretty painless path to weight loss nirvana.
It's no accident that many major spiritual traditions use walking as a contemplative practice and meditation. Walking is a restorative practice that can help us live mindfully in the moment and gracefully accept the rhythms and movement of life. Walking helps us to fully inhabit the body and the world we live in.
A regular walking practice outside in nature brings home the awareness that everything in this world is impermanent and subject to change, including us. And that simple fact is what allows us to transform our health, our hearts, and our lives.
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I walk my troubles away.
To walk away worry, walk away my blues, all I need are a pair of good walking shoes.
I walk to clear my mind of mental chatter.
Increasing my steps brings me that many steps closer to my weight loss goal.
When I feel like emotional overeating, I go take a walk.
My walk matches my talk.
I walk towards my goal one step at a time.
Is emotional eating keeping you from losing weight and living the life you want? Are you ready to get off the diet rollercoaster and master your weight and your life?
If so, you may be a candidate for coaching. Coaching can make the difference between success and failure.
I have found that people who struggle with food and emotional eating are released from that prison once they learn the skills of mindful awareness and mindful eating, emotional self-nurturing, developing a spiritual or meditation practice, and learning to set appropriate limits and goals.
This turns off the urge to overeat and engage in other compulsive behaviors. When you feel better, you eat better! I have walked this path myself, and it has led me to peace and freedom.
The goal of my coaching is to create a lighter, balanced, healthier, nourishing and joy-filled life. You will begin to see results in all areas of your life because How You do Food is How You do Life!®
I coach and mentor people in the areas of: permanent weight loss, food addiction, compulsive, emotional overeating, binge eating recovery, creative self expression, spiritual direction, mindfulness, meditation, self care and stress management, self esteem and body image issues.
Note: My work is spiritually focused, not religious, and fits with any belief system you may have, even agnostic. My work assumes that you have all the wisdom and answers you need inside of you.
What you call this place -- God, intuition, Higher Power, inner wisdom, or true self -- is up to you. I am simply a guide bringing you back to the truths that are already inside of you.
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Catherine L. Taylor
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