For those that find a traditional static meditation is not their path, try running
I'll describe my own little experience.
I've always had problems with running, never could do more than three kilometers (two miles
, right). It was my record, though I've always been
in sport and activities like martial arts, calisthenics, bicycle, etc. And I've always hated running: my liver started to hurt after just two
kilometers, I was running out of air and so on.
But one summer I've decided to make some sort of "the separation the mind and the body" experiment. It was damn hot summer here in Moscow, believe me.
Every evening I came to the stadium, regardless of anything, and tried to work with my mind. My body DESPERATELY resisted. But I did the same thing
day by day: just tried to run as much as I could, lap after lap, focusing on my mind and breath. I knew I could go way further than I used to think.
It wasn't just a jogging routine, it was a pure "separation" practice.
And one day, after seven or eight weeks of doing that (and accustoming to a proper running technique) I managed to do eleven kilometers (seven
, 44 laps instead of usual 8-12, 60 minutes of running instead of usual 12-15). Can you believe it? I remember I've decided to stop after
44th lap because of my awareness of possible health problems, but I clearly remember I could continue even farther. But there was no need to continue.
My body was like crushed by a tank. But my mind was like "Yeah, you got it." (And it's useless to tell here what I've actually got.)
They say the mind is infinite, so I had to prove it for myself. That "trip" was so grueling and hurtful that I had to stop this practice since I've
lost my both toenails
. It turned purple and after 2-3 days just fell off. Probably the cause for that nails story was infirm adhesion of my feet
in snickers. It took a year for new ones to grow up. Very hurtful and extremely irritating issue, esp. if you face it with no third-party medical aid
(just imagine hygienic complications or a straight nail's growth problem). However, I believe that was the price I had to pay, so I'm OK with that.
A quote that pushed me to do it (I won't promote the source, those who search will surely find):
"Physical body has the task to let you experience this reality and whenever you search for the other, it resists."
From that day, it's not just a quote for me.))
You don't have to repeat my experience, but you can definitely gain yours with that kind of "Zen running."
Running is the best activity anyway.
P.S. Stay safe and check a proper running and breathing technique before your trip.
edit on 2017 by JedemDasSeine because: (no reason