Now Reading: Running with the Mind of Meditation

…what the relationship between body and mind is and running and meditation…can you meditate while you are running? Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche discusses mind and body synchronization in the context of running, sports, meditation and breathing.

See also :
“Running with the Mind of Meditation” http://runningmind.org
“Running with the Mind of Meditation” YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/RunWithMind/
Playlist Running with the Mind of Meditation at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL33724E74F38542FE

As a Tibetan lama and leader of Shambhala (an international community of 165 meditation centers), Sakyong Mipham has found physical activity to be essential for spiritual well-being. He’s been trained in horsemanship and martial arts but has a special love for running. Here he incorporates his spiritual practice with running, presenting basic meditation instruction and fundamental principles he has developed. Even though both activities can be complicated, the lessons here are simple and designed to show how the melding of internal practice with physical movement can be used by anyone – regardless of age, spiritual background, or ability – to benefit body and soul. (from Amazon)

@Amazon: Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

precious body

“Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha

On leaving the comfort zone

In about 7 day’s, I am about to run my first “real” Ultramarathon with a distance of 50 Km. So far my longest run was a standard 42k marathon. Thinking that this ultra is only 8 km more is both wrong and true. From a mental perspective I think it is a good and positive attitude, since I trained enough and I am convinced that I will run a marathon distance without running into big problems. I am also very positive that I will have enough energy and will power to run those extra 8k. On the other hand I am stepping in to an unknown territory since I have never walked or run this far. I am leaving my comfort zone, and leaving the comfort zone has an impact mentally and physically. Suddenly al extra questions come up; how do I pace my race, am I fit enough, are my shoes the right ones for the track. And of course a lot what if questions do come into my mind (what if the weather.. etc.).

Leaving the comfort zone also makes me ask questions again, and it gives the opportunity, or it forces me to question and to test myself. Leaving the comfort zone also means that I have to convince my inner self that I can trust my training, and that I can run this far and that I can push it. I guess forcing myself to leave my comfort zone is one of the strongest drives for me, to push it further. To demand more and not take the easy road is an essential part of my live.

“If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not constantly demanding more from yourself–expanding and learning as you go–your choosing a numb existence. Your denying yourself an extraordinary trip.”
― [[Dean Karnazes]], Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

So next week Sunday, I will be on the start line, and I am prepared to push it and to finish.

television

“I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on, I go into another room and read a good book.” —Groucho Marx

Now reading: Buddhist Boot Camp

Buddhism is all about training the mind, and boot camp is an ideal training method for this generation’s short attention span. The chapters in this small book can be read in any order, and are short and easy to understand. Each story, inspirational quote and teaching offers mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to.

Buddhist Boot Camp