Parish Nurse

The Parish Nurse ministry at Prince of Peace helps to care for one another by attaining, maintaining and regaining the best possible whole person's wellness of body, mind and spirit.  The role of the Parish Nurse is a health counselor, referral source, and an advocate for an individual.  The Parish Nurse is a blend of professional nursing and spiritual caregiving.  The Parish Nurse visits members at the church and in their homes or care facilities.

Mary Hume was commissioned as the first Parish Nurse of Prince of Peace in July, 1999.

Walking Meditation

As we return to a ‘normal’ lifestyle after 3 months of changes from our work and social activities, think of beginning a walking medication activity. You can medicate on a Bible verse, on your breathing or God’s creation. Walking meditation, you walk in a circle, back and forth in a straight line or in a labyrinth. It is also possible to do a walking meditation over a longer distance. The pace can begin slow and gradually increase and can vary depending on your comfort level. 

There are many benefits from a meditative walking.

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Lower heart rate
  • Less perspiration
  • Slower respiratory rate
  • Less anxiety
  • Lower blood cortisol levels
  • More feelings of well-being
  • Less stress
  • Deeper relaxation

Be aware of the present moment

Staying mindful of each moment is a habit that takes time to cultivate.

As often as you can, bring your mind to the present moment when you’re walking at any point in your day. Focus on the sounds around you, your breath, or any bodily sensations. Tune into your thoughts and observe them as they come and go.

See how the practice varies when you’re walking to a destination in a rush versus walking slowly.

Walking meditation is often used in conjunction with seated meditation. So you may find it’s worth learning seated meditation as well as walking meditation.

Stay accountable

Discuss your practice and goals with a teacher, therapist, or friend. Touch base regularly to see if you’ve developed any insights and how you’re progressing. Together you can determine how to deepen your practice.

You can also write things down in a log or journal and use this as a tool to reflect on your experience or progress.

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