“I find having a spinal cord injury in this fast-paced 21st century can be overwhelming and exhausting to my body, mind and spirit,” says Paralympian Candace Cable in the intro to “Mindfulness Meditation,” her two-minute-long video for the Reeve Foundation. “By integrating some slow-paced practices I’ve been able to sit back, unwind and enjoy the ride.”
Mindfulness meditation is the art of focusing on the breath as it moves in and out of the body, explains Cable. When first trying it out, she set a timer for five minutes at different times of the day. Now, she meditates an average of 30 to 40 minutes, usually in the morning. Her video offers simple posturing suggestions and shares a breathing exercise for relaxation. To watch, go to christopherreeve.org/living-with-paralysis/health/depression/video-mindfulness-meditation.
Injured in 1975, Cable pioneered wheelchair racing in the ’70s and ’80s and won 12 medals in nine Paralympic Games. Follow her blog at christopherreeve.org/blog/life-after-paralysis.