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.
Hiking for Mental Health grew out of this thinking and joined with an absolute love of nature. I wanted an experience that helped people sweat a little, dwell in discomfort at times 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.
A big piece of this journey is about building community. I believe firmly that in healthy dialogue we can learn to explore difficult ideas, challenge ourselves by embracing humility and find the support we need to come to a greater awareness of out potential.
Meet-Up group: Hiking for Mental Health
Facebook group: Hiking for Mental Health
Instagram: LifeWeavings and #hikingformentalhealth
Below you’ll find some basic exercises, articles to challenge and inform, pictures from hikes and other resources. I hope you will join me on this journey and if there are any questions, including a desire to start your own group in another area, please feel free to reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org