LOS ANGELES — One of many ongoing methods the oldsters at Grand Park are serving to to maintain psychological well being consciousness going is thru their Gratitude Stroll applications. For Samzie Davis, a trainer who works with troubled teenagers, the mixture of meditation and strolling is the right solution to heart herself and get up her vitality and positivity.
“I’ve to get up within the morning with my thoughts and my coronary heart proper,” Davis stated, strolling via the park.
Davis stated her work and schedule could be difficult.
“Some days, I am unable to get into the gratitude as a result of I am already fascinated by issues that I have to do for that day,” she stated. “When these challenges come up, I delve into the gratitude.”
The Gratitude Stroll is a 20-minute audio program hosted by Justin Michael Williams, a guided meditation that one can entry on Grand Park’s Mixcloud page. One merely places on headphones, walks, listens and faucets into what gratitude means.
Williams emphasizes that meditation practices predominantly come from indigenous cultures and cultures of shade. Though these practices have been co-opted and corporatized, they’re accessible to everybody, not simply the hipster set.
“Once we step again into these practices, it seems like we’re coming dwelling to ourselves, and it seems like we’re coming again to our best supply of energy,” Williams added.
He additionally reminds us that meditation isn’t a fast repair or about silencing our ideas.
“Meditation isn’t about getting your thoughts to cease pondering,” he stated. “Meditation is about getting our ideas to work for us as a substitute of towards us.”
Davis stated this sort of disciplined mindfulness and observance of what she is grateful for has already had an impression on her work coping with emotionally troubled teenagers.
“I had a child the opposite day that was disrespectful and addressed it towards me,” Davis defined. “However while you perceive when somebody’s emotionally disturbed, you possibly can stand in your energy, you possibly can stand in your greatness, and you’ll stand in love and be capable to nonetheless assist them and lengthen your hand.”
Davis stated she likes Justin Michael Williams’ message that meditation is for the individuals and does not must be inflexible and intimidating.
“I just like the informalness of it and the inclusiveness of it,” she stated.
And as pandemic restrictions proceed to ease and the summer time kicks into excessive gear, Grand Park encourages anybody to cease by and take a gratitude stroll of their very own.