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Red bike trail therapy blog recounts weekly hiking and biking outings in western Colorado and relates those trips to the natural environment, nature therapy, mindfulness, and more. To receive weekly notices of the red bike trail therapy postings, send the message, “blog, please” to: 970.628.0614 or [email protected]


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Happy 2019!


January 10, 2019

Bhhhhrrrr! It’s uncharacteristically cold here in western Colorado! Even so, a short, brisk morning walk on a nearby trail on public lands beneath the Colorado National Monument unveils various therapeutic sights, sounds, and sensations. Three to four inches of fresh powdery dust glistens over the landscape, fog hangs mystically midair by the red sandstone cliffs, and the notorious Colorado blue sky crowns its head out toward the north.


When it’s this cold outside, understandably, most of us opt to stay securely indoors, where it’s safe and warm. However, if that indoor option is our choice, we are missing out on a free, 100% natural, organic, good, old-fashioned restorative tonic. That’s right, we’re talking nature therapy, again!


Courtesy of the Monument, today’s elixir heralds each individual shrub, tree, and grass wrapped in its own thick, cottony, white, fluffy blanket. So generous of Mother Nature to provide blankets on this cold day! Typical sounds are muffled by snow, but I hear perfectly every scrunching, squeaky-clean footstep. Looking out, each individual slice of the panoramic pie offers a unique view. Cool, refreshing air resets my senses and brings me fully into the present. The tedium of morning chores, errands, and chaotic thinking are quickly behind me.


Aware of the here and now, I pause. I take it all in. I sense the mystery of life. I offer a small devotion of gratitude. My perspective is now different – I sense renewed energy, a calmer spirit, and reordered priorities. Appreciative of the natural tonic and its therapeutic effects, it’s time to head back home.

#naturetherapy

#redbikecounseling

#Coloradonationalmonument

#redbiketrailtherapy

red bike trail therapy January 23, 2019

January 17, 2019

Bhhhhrrrr! It’s uncharacteristically cold here in western Colorado! Even so, a short, brisk morning walk on a nearby trail on public lands beneath the Colorado National Monument unveils various therapeutic sights, sounds, and sensations. Three to four inches of fresh powdery dust glistens over the landscape, fog hangs mystically midair by the red sandstone cliffs, and the notorious Colorado blue sky crowns its head out toward the north.


When it’s this cold outside, understandably, most of us opt to stay securely indoors, where it’s safe and warm. However, if that indoor option is our choice, we are missing out on a free, 100% natural, organic, good, old-fashioned restorative tonic. That’s right, we’re talking nature therapy, again!


Courtesy of the Monument, today’s elixir heralds each individual shrub, tree, and grass wrapped in its own thick, cottony, white, fluffy blanket. So generous of Mother Nature to provide blankets on this cold day! Typical sounds are muffled by snow, but I hear perfectly every scrunching, squeaky-clean footstep. Looking out, each individual slice of the panoramic pie offers a unique view. Cool, refreshing air resets my senses and brings me fully into the present. The tedium of morning chores, errands, and chaotic thinking are quickly behind me.


Aware of the here and now, I pause. I take it all in. I sense the mystery of life. I offer a small devotion of gratitude. My perspective is now different – I sense renewed energy, a calmer spirit, and reordered priorities. Appreciative of the natural tonic and its therapeutic effects, it’s time to head back home.

#naturetherapy

#redbikecounseling

#Coloradonationalmonument

#redbiketrailtherapy

red bike trail therapy January 23, 2019

January 23, 2019

Bhhhhrrrr! It’s uncharacteristically cold here in western Colorado! Even so, a short, brisk morning walk on a nearby trail on public lands beneath the Colorado National Monument unveils various therapeutic sights, sounds, and sensations. Three to four inches of fresh powdery dust glistens over the landscape, fog hangs mystically midair by the red sandstone cliffs, and the notorious Colorado blue sky crowns its head out toward the north.


When it’s this cold outside, understandably, most of us opt to stay securely indoors, where it’s safe and warm. However, if that indoor option is our choice, we are missing out on a free, 100% natural, organic, good, old-fashioned restorative tonic. That’s right, we’re talking nature therapy, again!


Courtesy of the Monument, today’s elixir heralds each individual shrub, tree, and grass wrapped in its own thick, cottony, white, fluffy blanket. So generous of Mother Nature to provide blankets on this cold day! Typical sounds are muffled by snow, but I hear perfectly every scrunching, squeaky-clean footstep. Looking out, each individual slice of the panoramic pie offers a unique view. Cool, refreshing air resets my senses and brings me fully into the present. The tedium of morning chores, errands, and chaotic thinking are quickly behind me.


Aware of the here and now, I pause. I take it all in. I sense the mystery of life. I offer a small devotion of gratitude. My perspective is now different – I sense renewed energy, a calmer spirit, and reordered priorities. Appreciative of the natural tonic and its therapeutic effects, it’s time to head back home.

#naturetherapy

#redbikecounseling

#Coloradonationalmonument

#redbiketrailtherapy

red bike trail therapy January 23, 2019

January 26, 2019

Bhhhhrrrr! It’s uncharacteristically cold here in western Colorado! Even so, a short, brisk morning walk on a nearby trail on public lands beneath the Colorado National Monument unveils various therapeutic sights, sounds, and sensations. Three to four inches of fresh powdery dust glistens over the landscape, fog hangs mystically midair by the red sandstone cliffs, and the notorious Colorado blue sky crowns its head out toward the north.


When it’s this cold outside, understandably, most of us opt to stay securely indoors, where it’s safe and warm. However, if that indoor option is our choice, we are missing out on a free, 100% natural, organic, good, old-fashioned restorative tonic. That’s right, we’re talking nature therapy, again!


Courtesy of the Monument, today’s elixir heralds each individual shrub, tree, and grass wrapped in its own thick, cottony, white, fluffy blanket. So generous of Mother Nature to provide blankets on this cold day! Typical sounds are muffled by snow, but I hear perfectly every scrunching, squeaky-clean footstep. Looking out, each individual slice of the panoramic pie offers a unique view. Cool, refreshing air resets my senses and brings me fully into the present. The tedium of morning chores, errands, and chaotic thinking are quickly behind me.


Aware of the here and now, I pause. I take it all in. I sense the mystery of life. I offer a small devotion of gratitude. My perspective is now different – I sense renewed energy, a calmer spirit, and reordered priorities. Appreciative of the natural tonic and its therapeutic effects, it’s time to head back home.

#naturetherapy

#redbikecounseling

#Coloradonationalmonument

#redbiketrailtherapy

red bike trail therapy January 23, 2019

January 26, 2019

Bhhhhrrrr! It’s uncharacteristically cold here in western Colorado! Even so, a short, brisk morning walk on a nearby trail on public lands beneath the Colorado National Monument unveils various therapeutic sights, sounds, and sensations. Three to four inches of fresh powdery dust glistens over the landscape, fog hangs mystically midair by the red sandstone cliffs, and the notorious Colorado blue sky crowns its head out toward the north.


When it’s this cold outside, understandably, most of us opt to stay securely indoors, where it’s safe and warm. However, if that indoor option is our choice, we are missing out on a free, 100% natural, organic, good, old-fashioned restorative tonic. That’s right, we’re talking nature therapy, again!


Courtesy of the Monument, today’s elixir heralds each individual shrub, tree, and grass wrapped in its own thick, cottony, white, fluffy blanket. So generous of Mother Nature to provide blankets on this cold day! Typical sounds are muffled by snow, but I hear perfectly every scrunching, squeaky-clean footstep. Looking out, each individual slice of the panoramic pie offers a unique view. Cool, refreshing air resets my senses and brings me fully into the present. The tedium of morning chores, errands, and chaotic thinking are quickly behind me.


Aware of the here and now, I pause. I take it all in. I sense the mystery of life. I offer a small devotion of gratitude. My perspective is now different – I sense renewed energy, a calmer spirit, and reordered priorities. Appreciative of the natural tonic and its therapeutic effects, it’s time to head back home.

#naturetherapy

#redbikecounseling

#Coloradonationalmonument

#redbiketrailtherapy

red bike trail therapy, opportunity for pause

January 26, 2019

Bhhhhrrrr! It’s uncharacteristically cold here in western Colorado! Even so, a short, brisk morning walk on a nearby trail on public lands beneath the Colorado National Monument unveils various therapeutic sights, sounds, and sensations. Three to four inches of fresh powdery dust glistens over the landscape, fog hangs mystically midair by the red sandstone cliffs, and the notorious Colorado blue sky crowns its head out toward the north.


When it’s this cold outside, understandably, most of us opt to stay securely indoors, where it’s safe and warm. However, if that indoor option is our choice, we are missing out on a free, 100% natural, organic, good, old-fashioned restorative tonic. That’s right, we’re talking nature therapy, again!


Courtesy of the Monument, today’s elixir heralds each individual shrub, tree, and grass wrapped in its own thick, cottony, white, fluffy blanket. So generous of Mother Nature to provide blankets on this cold day! Typical sounds are muffled by snow, but I hear perfectly every scrunching, squeaky-clean footstep. Looking out, each individual slice of the panoramic pie offers a unique view. Cool, refreshing air resets my senses and brings me fully into the present. The tedium of morning chores, errands, and chaotic thinking are quickly behind me.


Aware of the here and now, I pause. I take it all in. I sense the mystery of life. I offer a small devotion of gratitude. My perspective is now different – I sense renewed energy, a calmer spirit, and reordered priorities. Appreciative of the natural tonic and its therapeutic effects, it’s time to head back home.

#naturetherapy

#redbikecounseling

#Coloradonationalmonument

#redbiketrailtherapy

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January 3, 2019

Imagine veterans, hardened and traumatized by war, writing poetry, painting pictures, creating sculptures, writing literature, making paper, while developing camaraderie with others. That’s what they do at a non-profit organization based out of northern Nevada, Art Heals War Wounds. This organization is dedicated to helping veterans and the military-connected community move beyond the emotional scars that war brings about, through the process of creating art.


On a bitter winter day in January 2008, Art Heals War Wounds founding member, Tina Drakulich, and her husband, Joe, were notified by military personnel, that their beloved son, David J Drakulich, an Army Airborne Ranger in Afghanistan, was killed by an IED. With a heavy heart, Tina desired to make sense of David’s loss. David was a gifted artist. As an instinctive artist herself, trying to cope with her extreme grief, Tina naturally turned to art for consolation and to somehow find a way to move forward. Through the process, Art Heals War Wounds was born.


Because of their emotional wounding from war, veterans are at risk for unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse, and other challenges. Art Heals War Wounds connects veterans with one another and the outside world using art to tell their stories. Conveying their stories helps veterans to process war-related trauma, empowers them, and gives them a much-needed voice. Art helps veterans move beyond war-related trauma, as much as possible, providing them an opportunity for healing and a chance to make sense of their grief and loss.


For full disclosure, as the author of this blog posting, please know that I am a sister to Tina. I’ve witnessed firsthand how art heals war wounds.

# arthealswarwounds

# redbikecounseling

# arttherapy

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December 11, 2018

Nature Therapy

The air is cool and clean on this November day, walking the nature path at Ridgeway State Park in southwestern Colorado. The breeze wisps around and freshens my face and tosses my hair. The sun warms my eyelids. I smell forest and earth. I hear the sweet sound of birds and the swoosh of wind through pinions and junipers. All of my senses are enlivened. My eyes are in awe when I focus on the majestic crown jewel of the San Juan Mountains: Mount Sneffels, a fourteen thousand plus foot peak. The mountain’s symmetry is a marvel and reminds me that this world is much bigger than just me. This little nature walk is big tonic.

I am reminded that Nature Therapy has a rightful standing in the therapeutic medicine cabinet. As described in an article in Psychology Today (April 28, 2012, entitled Power of Nature), nature therapy is effective for battling depression, it is free, and accessible. The San Juan Mountains may not be easily accessible to everyone, but even living downtown in the middle of a big city, some form of this natural elixir is ready for the taking. Blue sky and interesting cloud formations instill peace and calm. Melodic bird songs soothe the soul and a gentle breeze cleanses the spirit. Nature therapy is an ideal supplement to enhance nearly any ongoing therapy.

#NatureTherapy, #RidgewayStatePark, #redbikecounseling

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Universal Human Rights, Red Bike Counseling, red bike blog

December 6, 2018

December 6, 2018

December is designated Universal Human Rights Month. What are Universal Human Rights? After World War II, the United Nations wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to properly define and promote the universal protection of human rights. The Declaration states, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” - http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/


This is not some new-age directive. Instead, this is a decades-old mandate for each and every one of us across this world, in every country and culture, regardless of race, gender (including sexual preference or identity), religion, physical limitation, political affiliation, age, or mental health challenge. This proclamation affirms that each of us deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. This in turn means that each of us needs to treat every human being with that same dignity and respect.


Ways that we as individuals can celebrate Universal Human Rights, not only this month, but every day:

Globally: Communicate with our representatives for a national agenda to put pressure on countries that do not follow the Declaration of Human Rights

Nationally: Communicate with our representatives regarding ongoing human rights abuses committed against U.S. citizens (related to such movements as Black Lives Matter, Me Too, etc.)

Nationally: Notify officials when we know of or suspect human rights abuses within our own borders

Locally: Advocate for movements that promote dignity and respect, such as Black Lives Matter, Me Too., etc.

Locally: Treat all with respect and acceptance, recognizing the humanity within each person

Locally: Advocate for those whose basic human rights are being neglected or overlooked (i.e. incarcerated individuals, those with physical disabilities, those with mental health disorders)

Individually: Spread the word of Universal Human Rights on social media by using #StandUp4HumanRights.

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