Practical Bilateral Therapies for Healing the Mind and Optimizing Emotional Well-Being
By Thom Hartmann.
Our bodies usually heal rapidly from an illness injury or wound. Yet our minds and hearts often suffer for years with debilitating symptoms of distress or upset. Why is it so hard for our minds and hearts to heal? The key to healing them is simple and can be just a short walk away. Walking – a bilateral therapy that has been a part of human life throughout history – allows people to heal emotionally as quickly as they do physically. Bilateral therapies engage both sides of the brain and unlock natural states of optimal function and creativity. Thom Hartmann examines how memory works and why emotional shock can resist normal healing. He found that the simple act of walking is effective in treating emotional disturbances ranging from temporary upsets and problems to chronic conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Case studies have shown dramatic results. Walking consciously while holding a distress or desire in mind can rapidly dissolve the rigidity of a traumatic memory or negative mind state dispersing its unpleasant associations in as little as a half hour’s time. While walking has always been a natural part of life its importance in promoting and maintaining mental health is only recently being rediscovered. Hartmann’s simple yet potent exercises allow us to create our own walking journeys to restore our mental emotional and spiritual well-being as well as rejuvenate our body’s health.