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I put this here because it's more about running than meditation. Or maybe it's really not.
I used to be a runner. Then I had another baby, and worked 2 jobs, and then another baby and a marriage and a major move. Then I hurt my knee and my doctor told me nothing high impact and NO RUNNING. I hurt my knee bowling. How embarrassing.
So for 2.5 years I kept to walking and other stuff always afraid my knee would give out. Then this summer I thought "you know what? No. My body needs to run. It's what it wants." So I just started out 6 weeks ago very slow and easy and you know what? My knee feels better than it has since before I hurt it.
Anyhow. I've since found some interesting connections between success as a runner (whatever that means to each person didn't really matter, whether racing or just enjoying running) and Buddhism and mindfulness and meditation and compassion. I re-read a book I had had previously and found so many connections I hadn't noted the first time (Born to Run by Chris McDougall) and then I read Scott Jurek's book "Eat to Run" and found the same connections and notations. I've found it quite interesting.
And I've noticed that despite a dozen years from truly running regularly, my meditation and other Buddhist practice has seemed to influence my running greatly. I absolutely have an ability now to just let my body go and do it's thing rather than let my mind talk me into thinking I'm done when I'm not, and so on. The distinction is quite interesting to me and I can see now how ultra distance runners and people who seem to defy logic and biology in how they run (and other things too, I am sure) and it's all that same mind-body connection.
Just curious if others who run or do other sports have noticed a distinct difference with how your practices influence your sport?
I used to watch runners race in marathons and wish I was one of them. Now I realize the only reason I wasn't is because my mind let me believe it, and it's not true. I might not break a record, but I can train to run the race. Right now my goal is to run our town's first marathon weekend 5K in September. I'd like to be able to do my favorite hiking trail as a trail run before winter, so, mid-to late October, which is about 5.5 miles. Then I have to find a way to keep running going in the depths of winter when I want to crawl in a hole and not move for months, lol. Then I am hoping maybe I will be ready for a half marathon in one of our cities in May/June and then maybe our local marathon in late September again. We will see. But right now, I stopped letting myself stop me and it seems to be working quite well.