Sure, your sneakers are perfectly broken in, and you haven’t missed a long run yet, but sitting on a zafu cushion may be the missing stop in your journey towards 26.2 miles (or 3.1 or 6.2 miles), says Sakyong Mipham.
Mipham isn’t just a runner. He’s the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and its worldwide network of meditation centers. The Tibetan lama outlines the connection between pavement pounding and spiritual seeking in his new book, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind, which hit shelves earlier this month.
“Movement is good for the body and stillness is good for the mind,” Mipham explains. And a mind that’s trained in stillness can come in handy when movement gets difficult.
Take, for example, the inevitable “wall” that all runners hit, dread hitting, and talk about hitting. In that moment, says Mipham, the runner suddenly comes in contact with his or her own mind in an immediate way.
Continue reading to find out how to get make meditation part of your training plan.
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