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Mindful : April 2016
Heidi Rose Robbins (above) Where: Playground, Glendale, CA, east of Griffith Park, with children in tow. “When I’m out here, part of me thinks ‘go play with your children!’ and part of me thinks ‘go sit on that park bench and close your eyes.’ So I often do just find a beautiful spot in the sun, where I can keep the kids in my awareness, but also feel the warmth, feel what’s around me, and take a couple of minutes to breathe in a little peace. If you just look anywhere and put your eyes on something beautiful, it soothes you. If I look right in front of me in this park, there’s a gorgeous tree. I can look at, really look at it, the trunk and the texture, and breathe in the abundance. Out here, there’s a vast sky, a warm sun, and a roominess that that you can’t find in the corner of your bedroom...and nothing is forced.” ● Paul J. Friedman (left) Where: Hiking trail, Santa Ynez Canyon, Pacific Palisades, about eight miles nor thwest of Santa Monica, and yet in the middle of nowhere. “I’ve hiked these hills my whole life. I do walking and sitting meditation, too. Yesterday, I hiked to the top, and was sitting there with a timer set, and three hikers came and spent 15 minutes gabbing about the best angle for their selfie stick. It’s okay. It’s all par t of it. I also sit at the beach in Santa Monica; it’s a circus there, but I like sitting in the midst of all that human energy. Up here, nature is a soft and grounding refuge for me. Hearing the wind moving through the trees, smelling the dirt, sitting on the ear th—it actually makes me feel safe. when I’m struggling, feeling isolated, I go outside. There’s something magical about sitting in an open space.” April 2016 mindful 57