Recently I was sent a review copy of Sakyong Mipham’s book Running With the Mind of Meditation, an introductory explanation of meditation and how it can be related to running. Very simply written, understandable by anyone, it is a good primer for applying meditation principles to both everyday life as well as endurance training. “Building a base was a process of taking what I already had—my own lungs, muscles, bones, and tendons—training them to run, and gradually increasing their ability.” Mipham has a clear way of stating what is obvious, but so easily missed. Humorous passages remind us to remain in the here and now: “Obviously it is not good to keep checking your watch, as you might discover you have supernatural powers that can slow down time.” So often we forget to celebrate our accomplishments and simple ability to move our bodies--“(W)hen we exert ourselves toward positive endeavors, we should not grimace, but rather have the joy of an elephant jumping into a pool of cool water on a hot, dusty day.”
This book simply and eloquently presents simple steps to adding meditation both to your personal life as well as your endurance efforts. If you have the opportunity, I suggest you take a look at this book as a way to see how meditation can be applied to your life and your sport. If you want to win a copy, head over to Women’s Endurance Gear .
About the Author: Sakyong Mipham is the leader of Shambhala, a worldwide network of meditation and retreat centers. He's also an avid marathon runner and golfer, he frequently retreats to study at a Tibetan monastery in India, and he writes a regular column in the Shambhala Sun. The author of the bestselling titles Ruling Your World and Turning the Mind Into an Ally, Sakyong Mipham was named one of the thirty global visionaries of our time by Planet magazine. He spends his time teaching all over the world, using his unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives to the benefit of his students in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
(Disclaimer: I was sent this book for free to review on my blog, courtesy of Random House . I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)
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