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How Grief Walking Saved Me

How “Grief Walking” Saved Me

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Walking, or “grief walking” as I call it, saved me when I was grieving. Somehow it opened up the door to my emotions. Every feeling I had tried to push down or avoid came rising to the surface. I found myself crying and walking. I didn’t care who saw me. I walked. Then I walked some more. Unknowingly I was walking myself towards healing. My grief journey had truly begun.

BENEFITS OF WALKING WHEN YOUR ARE GRIEVING

Since grief is an energy-depleting emotion, walking outside can help to replenish your energy. It can refresh and rejuvenate you. It doesn’t even have to be a long walk. Go around the block. Go to the end of your street. Stand in your driveway. Sit on your front porch. Every little bit of time you spend walking will help you to feel better. It can improve sleep, increase energy, and improve the overall quality of your life. The best thing about it is that you can walk anywhere and at anytime.

Promotes Feelings of Calmness – Grief can send your world into a tailspin. Studies have shown that walking helps to promote feelings of calmness by helping you to be more grounded. Being grounded fills you with a sense of stability which leads to feeling emotionally calm.

Decreases Health Risks – Grief can contribute to toxins lodging in your cells, soft tissues, and muscles, overwhelming your entire immune system. The impact of not eliminating these toxins can leave you more susceptible to illness. The American Diabetes Association says walking lowers your blood sugar levels and your overall risk for diabetes. Researchers at the University of Boulder Colorado and the University of Tennessee found that regular walking lowered blood pressure by as much as 11 points and may reduce the risk of stroke by 20% to 40%.

Improves Your Mood – Grief can overwhelm your mind in many ways. Research shows that regular walking releases natural pain­killing endorphins to the body – one of the emotional benefits of exercise. This actually modifies your nervous system so much that you’ll experience a decrease in anger which can be a side-effect of grief.

Increases Your Metabolism – You may feel like you are in a constant state of fatigue when you are grieving. Daily walking increases your metabolism by burning extra calories and by increasing your energy levels.

Strengthen Bones and Muscles – Walking strengthens your bones and muscles to improve your balance. This can be a real benefit when you are grieving. Having good balance helps you to avoid accidents. If you are like me, you may already have a hard enough time just walking or going up/down stairs when things are normal. Add the effects of grieving, and you can become an accident waiting to happen. Walking a few times a week can help you remain coordinated and avoid a nasty injury.

Improves Sleep – Disrupted sleep can be a huge issue when you are grieving. An easy-paced, late night stroll can relax your body and clear your mind so you can fall asleep.

Boosts Immune Functions – Grievers are more susceptible to illness. Walking can provide protection during cold and flu season. A study of over 1,000 men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised once a week or less. And if they did get sick, it was for a shorter duration, and their symptoms were milder.

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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Missing A Loved One on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day can be one of the toughest days of the year when you are grieving. It is another reminder the people you love or once loved are no longer around.  The loss could be the result of a death, break-up or divorce. Often you anticipate it weeks or even months in advance giving you a sense of dread. Although it is actually healthier for you to cherish these days as a way of honoring your loved ones than avoid them, it all depends on where you are in your journey. Sometimes avoiding Valentine’s Day can be just as healthy.

WAYS TO APPROACH VALENTINE’S DAY

Be Prepared. Anticipating the grief associated with these events is normal. Knowing ahead of time may be tough can help you to decide how you want to spend that day. It could be celebrating with family and friends or being alone in your grief. Being prepared will help you to honor what works best for you.

Plan a Celebration. There is nothing that says you can’t celebrate on Valentine’s Day. It’s perfectly okay to throw a party. It’s perfectly okay to actually have some fun in memory of your loved one. If you do, they will be there celebrating with you.

Get Out of Town. If it is too much for you to be home alone during these reminder days, plan a trip away or go visit family or friends. It is perfectly okay to not be around if being in familiar surroundings with reminders everywhere is too much to handle. Just get the heck out of town.

Share Memories. Consider inviting friends over so you can share memories of your loved one. Ask them to share their own memories. Pull out old photographs or home movies. Tell stories. Laugh until you cry. Cry until you laugh. Memories are the best way to remember your loved one. There is no better way to honor them.

Start a New Tradition. If facing your usual traditions are too difficult, start a new one. Make a donation to a charitable organization, volunteer or plant a tree in your loved one’s name on Valentine’s Day.

Honor Your Grief. It’s normal to be both sad and joyful on these days. Expressing both kinds of emotions makes us human. Honor these emotions. Don’t avoid them. Worse, don’t pretend. Just feel.

No Fanfare. It’s also okay to let these days just be ordinary days. No celebration. Just another day.

It is completely healthy to either acknowledge or not acknowledge Valentine’s Day. Do what is right for you.

Surround yourself with people who understand what you need – not what they think you should or shouldn’t be doing.

Let this days come and go. Even if this means choosing to do nothing.

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Meditation: Honoring You on Valentine’s Day

Today is Valentine’s Day.

Although I miss you terribly, I remember all the Valentine’s Days we shared together with a smile.

I remember the laughter but most importantly I remember the love.

I am celebrating you and our love today.

Even though you can’t be here with me, I know you are smiling too.

And so it is.

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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Seeking Volunteers – How To Heal Yourself When You Are Grieving Course

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The Grief Reiki® Academy is excited to announce the upcoming release of our online course, How To Heal Yourself While Grieving. We are currently looking for volunteers to take Part One – The Basics of this course and provide us with feedback.

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

Have you wondered how to move forward after a loss when your mind, body and soul feel broken? Emotionally, you may feel like your mind is in a fog. Physically, you may feel completely disassociated from your body or like your heart is broken and battered. Spiritually you may be questioning everything you thought you knew about life. In this course, students learn to use various techniques, including Reiki, to heal themselves specifically while they are grieving.

The course is broken into four parts. As a volunteer, you would beta test Part One – The Basics which discusses the basic concepts associated with both grief and Reiki.

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PART ONE OUTLINE

Volunteers will be able to access the following:

Course Outline

Course Introduction, Approach & Opening Meditation (includes Course Curriculum Handout)

Part One – The Basics

Overview

Module 1 – Grief and Loss (3 Lessons, Handouts and 2 Activities)

Module 2 – Reiki (3 Lessons, Handouts and 2 Activities)

Module 3 – Reiki and Grief (3 Lessons, Handouts and 2 Activities)

Summary/Quiz

Knowing how hard it is to concentrate while you are grieving, the lessons are short and the corresponding activities are simple to do. You don’t have to know anything about grief and loss, Reiki, energy medicine, meditation, or any other areas to take this course. Each topic is covered in terms that are easy-to-understand.

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HOW TO SIGN UP

If you are interested in volunteering to beta test Part One of this course:

Please send an email to info@grief-reiki.com

We will provide you with instructions and the link to get started.

Thank you!

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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