Today's Woman May 2019

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The Parklands is a Dream Come True Thanks to the vision and generosity of local individuals, corporations, and foundations, The Parklands of Floyds Fork keeps growing. The Parklands just opened The Strand trailhead, which provides improved accessibility to a beautiful, nearly 5-mile stretch of the Louisville Loop and Floyds Fork that was once only accessible by foot, bike, or boat.

“Before the trailhead was constructed, park guests had to walk, cycle or paddle two to three miles to access the Strand,” said 21st Century Parks CEO Dan Jones. “Now, areas like our Walnut Grove will be a short walk from parking, giving a broader audience a way to explore one of the most scenic and peaceful sections of The Parklands.” The Strand trailhead is located off Echo Trail at 6510 Echo Trail in Louisville.

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BE MORE MINDFUL We caught up with Nellie Springston, M.Ed. School Counseling & Psychology, who used mindfulness techniques with troubled students, and saw incredible results. She founded Calma (Calm & Loving Minds Achieve to provide mindfulness resources and tools to parents, educators, and kids.

27. Nellie will be part of the FIVE PERSPECTIVES ON MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION, a five-week evening seminar beginning May 9, sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). She will speak on the Mindfulness in Your Daily Life: The Difference between Mindfulness and Meditation Other leaders for the five sessions will be: Glenda Hodges Cook: Cultivating the Grace of Mindful Living; Dr. Peter Buecker: Mindfulness Meditation: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World; Dr. Pamela Cotton: Mindfulness and Self Compassion; Erik Dennes: Meditation, Mindfulness, and Antidotes to the Various Levels of Distraction. Go to to register or call 502.458.5566.

WAYS TO BECOME MORE MINDFUL IN YOUR DAILY LIFE: The simplest way to become mindful W hile sitting in the car, welcome the is to observe your breath coming in time of waiting. Instead of turning on the through your nose, filling up your lungs, radio, or a podcast, roll down the window and floating back out of your nose. Your and observe your surroundings, the breath is said to be your anchor because sights, sounds, smells, and sensations. its always there, always accessible for you T ake a mindful walk. Notice each little to use to become centered. step, how your feet feel against the Next time you’re waiting in line at the ground, and how the rest of your body grocery, instead of pulling out your moves with each step. Then, begin to phone, take a moment to breathe, or to notice your surroundings as if you’re simply notice your surroundings. watching them in a movie.


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• A s you fall asleep, instead of tossing and

turning, lie and your back and count your breaths. Breathe in for a count of four, hold for a second or two at the top of the breath, then breath out for a count of eight. This calms down the sympathetic nervous system and helps you fall asleep.

• I n the car or at home, help your child

mindfully listen to their environment. Ask them to listen for the loudest sound they hear, then the softest.