Thom Hartmann’s book, Walking Your Blues Away: How to Heal the Mind and Create Emotional Well-Being, is one of those “Ah-ha” books. It is a well-written, concisely worded, 112 pages worth of information that might just get you off the sofa, into your shoes and out the door for some walking therapy.
Thom explains in this book, in layman’s terms, “how the natural and rhythmic left-right-left-right process of walking, while performing a simple mental exercise” provides emotional and intellectual healing from mental distress and trauma.
He presents a thorough outline of the historical foundation of practices that were the precursor to the development of modern eye-motion therapies such as NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP), Eye Motion Desensitization and Reintegration (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique and Thought Field Therapy.
Bingo! This book provides validation for one of the practices in my own, personal transformation processes. Having experienced the benefits of EMDR therapy, I can attest to the effectiveness of side-to-side brain reprogramming. And, as shared elsewhere on this website, I’m pretty of hooked on walking. I’ve known for a very long time that walking helped me solve problems and feel better physically, emotionally and spiritually. Not that I felt a need to understand why, but now I understand the reason behind the benefits.
Thom shares the simple, five step process to achieve results and offers compelling research and anecdotal evidence that will ignite your desire to go outside and get some of those walking benefits for yourself.
Reviewer Recommendation: This was an easy read, and, for me, time well spent!