From the desk of Sarah J. Rogers... So, we have had a winter with only a few flakes of snow. For the snow-lovers and winter sportspeople out there, I am sure this winter has a lot of explaining to do! With the more moderate weather still hosting commuters afoot and on bikes, I am reminded of the wonderful usefulness of meandering as a mind-clearing tool. Eastern philosophies have long supported and utilized walking in an unspecified, non-deliberate manner - meaning without the intention of getting anywhere.
A commonly found example of this is labyrinth walking. Labyrinths, unlike mazes, are not a mystery. There is one way in and one way out of labyrinths (unless you watch the film; but that’s not in consideration here). It is philosophized that given the opportunity to clear one’s mind is a necessary part of well-being. This state of no-mind is easier to achieve when focused goals are not fluttering about one’s mind. If you are always thinking about clearing your mind or – as commonly found – about finances or work or anything else, then reaching a place of calm and clarity in the mind is almost impossible. Labyrinths give you an opportunity to move, to engage in the rhythm of walking for the purpose of walking, to have no responsibility for planning or navigating during the duration of your meditation.
Not convinced? Try taking a walk daily – with no bag or stash of items that could commit you to anything other than your walk; just take your keys and bundle up and go. Giving yourself the opportunity to move and consider your surroundings without obligation to anything but that will be surprisingly wonderful. Take some time to slow down, see the life around you and know that you are part of it in an essential and beautiful way. If you are more than convinced and need to find a labyrinth soon, well you’ll be glad to know that there are some serious enthusiasts nearby. Follow the link below and ENJOY! Just remember, you do not have to have a labyrinth to participate in this type of meditative walking. Just meander, let yourself just be – that is enough.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Sarah J. Rogers is a licensed massage therapist who received her training at the Cortiva Institute in Watertown, Massachusetts. Her practice focuses on the mind-body relationship and the usefulness of this connection not only for healing, but also for seeking balance in everyday life. Sarah brings her experience as an athlete and her compassion for mind-body health to her practice, inspiring growth and comfort in her clients. Along with massage, Sarah is now offering Active Isolated Stretching which can be done alone or in tandem with massage therapy. Employing techniques focusing on relaxation, neuromuscular therapy, stretching, myofascial release, and overall balance, Sarah will work with you to develop a treatment style that suits your needs.
"Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul is the work of the soul and good for either is the work of the other." -Henry David Thoreau.