Moving Health Forward

Welcome!

 

Within Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) there are six key elements helping to build ‘psychological flexibility.’ Of them, ‘Committed Action’ can sometimes be the most difficult. I believe the skill of conscious and deliberate behavior is difficult because we are so often divorced from our bodies. We treat them as carriers for our thinking selves rather than an integral part of how we shape our world and make the decisions we do within it.

“Moving Health Forward” grew out of this thinking and joined with an absolute love of nature and community. I wanted experiences that helped people sweat a little, encourage dwelling in discomfort within a supportive community, and facilitate conversations about human psychology and mindfulness skills. To get outside of our four-walled living and get out into a world in which boundaries are what we create in our minds, is a fundamental need for greater well-being.

Principles of Movement

 

  1. Movement encompasses every part of who we are. This means it integrates all the parts of your life in an attempt at a balanced system. Where one area is over-filled or under-fed, other areas will feel the strain.
  1. Health is wholistic and requires active conscious engagement. This means looking at personal Principles, setting SMART goals and co-creating habits with your environment (which includes the people in your life).
  2. Direction in life is based on Values and the Principles that guide their manifestation as Behavior.
  3. Values provide the starting point for meaning, Principles bring in the structure for what they mean to you and Behavior is how you react to each context/situation you find yourself in.

 

 

Resources

Facebook group: Moving Health Forward

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Below you’ll find exercises, articles to challenge and inform and other resources. I hope you will participate on this journey and if there are any questions please feel free to reach out: david.teachout@lifeweavings.com

Blog Entries

ResilienceWellness

The Secret to Self-Care

I don't know about you but I am always surprised by how difficult I find it to maintain my self-care routine. I know how much better I feel when I do 30 minutes of cardio or 30 minutes of mobility exercise (which is stretching/strength training in motion), and...

Mindfulness Exercises

 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • An overview of ACT from one of it’s main creators, Steven C. Hayes

Leaves on A Stream

  • A video practice for defusing or separating yourself from the hyper-focus on a single thought/feeling

The Struggle Switch

  • A video explanation of why we connect so strongly to our struggles and how to look that connection like a switch

The Unwanted Party Guest

  • A video exploration of how negative thoughts show up and crash the party of our lives, and how to move into acceptance.

This practice of “Being Aware of the Ground” is one you can do when walking, hiking, strolling or even pacing.

 

  1. Take a deep breath, through the nose and out through the mouth. Bring attention to your body, the feel of where it is in the space you are in. Feel any breeze that may be blowing, any twinge in muscle or even the way your clothes have settled on you. Slowly follow that feel down to your feet.
  2. Take a moment to consider how your feet feel, the type of ground beneath them. Consider any discomfort that may exist or just the way they’re holding your weight, whether standing or sitting.
  3. Now take a step, slowly and deliberately, focusing on the heel striking the ground and slowly folding forward to the toes. Feel each graduation of muscle movement and the way the ground shifts beneath.
  4. Follow this with another step, and if you like, add in the feel of following the lifting of your leg, how it guides where your foot is placed.
  5. You can speed this up, but I caution against immediately making this into a normal walk. Rather like focusing on the breath, you can quickly get lost in thought, or in this case lost in the automatic quality of moving. If this happens, simply slow down and bring attention back to each foot.

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