Running form as a meditation practice

Posted by Laura Houston on Sat Oct 31st, 2009, 3 comments

As I was running today, I thought about how my running has become a meditative process, and how I have benefited from that. My training partner told me his wife used to be a runner, but quit. When I asked her about it, she said she had used running to work out problems and conflicts.

She worked in a very high stress job, and running was the only thing that kept her sane. The run that ended it all was on a really bad day, after dealing with a difficult co-worker. She took it out running and was so into the conflict, that she found herself arguing out loud as she ran, and stopped when she started yelling. She decided there that running was not helping her but making her more stressed.

It’s too bad she didn’t know about ChiRunning and its aim to change running¬† into a holistic practice by focusing on form. Each time I head out for a run, thinking about my running form (through focuses and body sensing) has a way of clearing my mind of all the clutter.¬† In this sense, running becomes a meditative practice. As you become more in tune with your body and your running form, your mind gets clearer and your focus improves. Because my mind is on form and body sensing, there is no room for that difficult co-worker, or any other issues causing me grief. And, as in a meditative practice, when my mind does wander, I can always bring it back to the present, just by remembering my focuses and checking my form. The issues I left at the doorstep may still be there when I return, but I’ll be better prepared to deal with them. And no one on the trail gets yelled at in the process!

 

Tags

  • running form,
  • meditation,
  • holistic

3 CommentsLeave a comment below

Andy Lefkowitz Nov 16th, 2009 02:04am

Hi Laura.  I also utilize my Chi Running as a form of moving meditation.  By keeping one or two principals of the technique in mind, such as “spine straight, slight lean” or even “keep feet parallel”, “let the Chi flow”, I am able to block out distracting thoughts.  I guess it is the principal of putting your attention on one focal point, rather than chasing other thoughts that make it work.  Thanks for the confirmation of what I am doing!
Andy

Virginia Herlihy Nov 16th, 2009 04:01am

I have been walking for years, I enjoy it so much more now after learning chiwalking, I have been able to “meditate’ with so much more effect and I am totally refreshed. thanks for writing your comment. Virginia

Laura Houston Nov 17th, 2009 10:11am

Thanks for your comments! So glad to hear others are practicing focusing on the moment and letting the rest take care of itself. It’s all we can really do. grin

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