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Robert’s story

Volunteer Robert hosts a wellness podcast and releases a different episode each week

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30 April 2020

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Robert MitchellI’m Robert Mitchell of Bromley Mindfulness. Some of you may know me. I’ve been teaching mindfulness and meditation in Bromley for the last seven years.

I’m proud to have been given the opportunity to work with St Christophers Hospice on their Step Up virtual challenge.

Bromley Mindfulness knows Saint Christophers well. We have always had some students that work there, and we have regularly put in teams for the Bluebell Walk.

Unfortunately, because of the crisis, this year’s Bluebell Walk, which is one of St Christopher’s biggest fundraisers has had to be cancelled at a time when their services are needed more than ever.

I was delighted when St Christophers offered me the opportunity to contribute to their replacement fundraiser instead this year’s Bluebell Walk, which is known as Step Up for St Christophers.

Step up for St Christophers is the Bluebell Walk going online. It is a virtual challenge to supporters to do 5,000 steps a day. For some this has been part of their daily exercise while others are doing it by being creative. One young man is getting his family playing football in the garden.

I will be fully supporting St Christophers in this challenge.

Step up for St Christophers is a virtual challenge to supporters to do 5,000 steps a day. For some this has been part of their daily exercise while others are doing it by being creative. One young man is getting his family playing football in the garden.

For many of us right now, taking a walk has gained a new significance.

Being locked down has created a new recognition of the value of simply leaving our houses and walking down the streets that we may have walked down many times in the past without a thought, or of the exercise we get around the house, in the garden or taking the dog for a walk.

The crisis has created adversity for almost everyone. This can lead to stress, worry and anxiety.

There are two practices that I have been using, and teaching, for a number of years. These practices can bring great benefits at zero cost. They are: walking meditation and mindful walking.

By practising these ancient techniques, we can enhance the experience of walking and help to calm our busy minds, develop relaxation and improve our focus.

I shall teach these practices in a series of podcasts over the course of the next few weeks that you can listen to easily on your devices and which will help you to make the most of your precious time out of your home, or in your garden, or just going about your daily activities.

I will make these podcasts available on my podcast channel ‘2020 meditation’ and I will also post them on the step up for St Christopher’s Facebook page.

The first podcast will explain mindfulness and mindful walking and the second podcast will explain meditation and walking meditation.

There will be no theory, it is all practice.

Start listening at https://2020meditation.com/stepup

Thank you,

Robert Mitchell

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