Mind over Body vs Body over Mind
There is no question, the mind can (and more often than not, does) "convince" the body to run farther and faster than the body wants to. We believe it is one of the primary causes of injury. In an article from this month's Runner's World, the idea of "mind over body" is extolled as a positive thing, forcing you to extend your physical capabilities so that you can accomplish great deeds.
In Chi Running we believe that the mind can support the body to "do more" than you would normally think possible — not by convincing or forcing the body to do so, but by supporting the body to do so.
There is no doubt that our bodies are capable of great things. All of our bodies, even those bodies that are generally not thought to be athletic, are capable of greatness. However, the mind really is in charge of nurturing that greatness. Your mind can be a great leader, or a tyrannical despot. It can rule wisely and with great vision and understanding, or with an egotistic desire to prove its greatness.
Which type of leader would you choose to run your business, home or country? How about your own body?
In Chi Running we give you the tools to become a great leader of your own body. You learn to listen and include your body in the process of running injury-free and efficiently, so that you can perform your very best, without doing damage. When you get aligned, engage gravity, maintain a strong core and relax the rest of your body, you will tap into a surprising amount of energy, stamina and speed. You can perform great deeds without force, you simply just have to teach your mind and body to communicate effectively.