Lodro Rinzler, author of The Buddha Walks into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation, wrote a review in the Huffington Post Book section today, April 18th 2012, about Running with the Mind of Meditation. Lodro’s personal account of the Sakyong and his gung-ho attitude about the benefits of meditation make for a persuading argument for buying the new book.
“Runner, meditator Sakyong Mipham offers message of hope”
Today, April 17 2012, the Boulder Daily Camera released a column about how to work with the growing unrest in our world. In the midst of catastrophes, both personal and global, we are all grasping for answers. How can running or meditation help us and our world? Find out more here!
The Sakyong is featured on the Huffington Post for his exclusive article, 5 Tips for Running with the Mind of Meditation. Here, the Sakyong gives us the condensed version of the path of meditative running. He states, “Once we see this simplicity, we can apply meditative techniques to any activity.”
On april 12th, the Sakyong’s guided meditation was posted in the “Spirit” and “Health sections of Oprah.com!
For her new meditation series, which gears itself towards “reaching higher ground” both mentally and physically, Oprah requested the Sakyong to offer a guided meditation useful to beginners while they work out. In this fifteen-minute introduction to the practice of running with the mind of meditation, the Sakyong shares his simple approach to being fully engaged in the workout. Listen to the meditation here—or take it with you on your run!
In this Exclusive article, the Sakyong writes that running and meditation are both natural activities that can bring tremendous benefit to our body and mind. Grounding ourselves in the present moment, we become healthy and strong, making us more available to be of benefit to those around us.
Meditation is a discipline of the mind and spirit. Running is the modern day stress reliever – a purely physical release from the day-to-day. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche suggests that these two don’t have to be so separate. In fact, combining them could be a way to deepen not only your daily routine, but your entire life!
Claire Trageser, second-generation buddhist and long-time runner, writes for Runner’s World on her personal journey through the weekend program, Running With the Mind of Meditation and Yoga. The article, Transcendental Steps (or How I Learned to Love Running Without an iPod), brings to light the trials of relating to the meditative and physical challenges presented by the path of Running with the Mind of Meditation.
Distance running or walking is often the exercise of choice for reducing stress, bringing us greater perspective and connecting us directly to the wisdom of the body. The practices of meditation and yoga offer similar benefits, helping us cultivate stillness and nonjudgmental awareness of the mind’s activities.
In 2006, Shambhala Mountain Centre hosted the first ever Running with the Mind of Meditation Workshop beginning a movement to help people synchronize their bodies and minds in a completely accessible way. Using mindful running as the medium, principles such as stress reduction, contemplation, and a deepening of the meditative mind gain a stronger foothold into our everyday life.
Tarah Michelle, teacher and powerhouse in both the yoga and running worlds, shares her experience about Running with the Mind of Meditation
Runners from around the country can come to these programs to connect to these very basic, very accessible teachings
Running with the ‘mind of meditation’
When Broomfield ultramarathoner Sheri Atkinson went to her first “Running with the Mind of Meditation” at the Shambhala Mountain Center northwest of Fort Collins a few years back, she — and her family — thought she was doing it for herself.
Turns out she was doing it for them as well.
Atkinson, a regular with the Boulder Trail Runners social gatherings and training runs, is indicative of the growing number of runners who have made yoga and meditation a regular part of their routine, with a wide range of results.
Boulder — no surprise — is a center of the movement.
Some of you of a certain age might remember the late Allen Ginsberg chanting “Om” at the 1968 Democratic National Convention as the battle between police and demonstrators swirled around him.
Ginsberg went on to found, along with Anne Waldman, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute (now Naropa University). Naropa was started by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who also started the Shambhala meditation centers.
The connection with running came when Trungpa’s son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the spiritual head of Shambhala, turned to long-distance running and started the “Running with the Mind of Meditation” retreat that has proven to be popular and valuable for runners such as Atkinson.
“I loved meeting other like-minded people,” Atkinson said Thursday evening over plates of lamb curry, saag, chapati and other tasty Nepalese treats at Sherpa’s restaurant, one of the trail runners’ hangouts. “Eating healthy food, being surrounded by nature, beauty and tranquility, breathing fresh air, and living the dorm life like I was a teen again.”
Because Sakyong Mipham has been busy teaching and traveling, the past few years the running retreat has been led by Boulder marathoner Jon Pratt, with help from other locals such as yoga instructor Tarah Cech, herself a sub-3-hour marathoner, and runners Marty Kibiloski and Bob Sutherland.
Other seasoned runners have branched out to offer different meditation retreats and instruction, including Roxanne Gerstell and Janet Runyan.
Atkinson said the greatest benefit came the year her daughter and husband accompanied her on the running retreat. “The year before, they figured it was just something I had to do, to get out of my system.”
Rather than “getting it out of her system,” however, meditation became an integral part of Atkinson’s system.
“Now, we all are growing in our understanding of spirituality, and each other. Shannon (her daughter) ‘woke up’ that weekend and has been growing ever since. She and I are more open with each other, and the three of us are a closer, stronger family.
“I used to think running was meditative, but now I know how to run with a meditative mind, which helps me train and race better, more joyfully.”
Perhaps the close connection between running and meditation should not surprise us, Pratt, a marathoner for more than 30 years and meditator for nearly 20, told me when I asked him a while ago how running and meditation are related. Said Pratt, who recently spoke at the San Francisco Marathon about running and meditation: “Meditation is very much a body-oriented discipline. It is not about leaving your body and entering some celestial realm. It is about relating to the here and now which we experience through our five senses. So in meditation we learn to let go of our thoughts and come back to our body.”
Kibiloski echoed this in an interview Sunday. “There is sometimes a mystique around meditation, something exotic about it.”
Not, so, the 2:23 marathoner added: “Meditation is simply about noticing. The mind is like a muscle, and as you practice meditation, you get better at it. You begin to notice. What Jon is good at is showing how there is not a right way or a wrong way to meditate. It is simply noticing.”
Article Posted 08/08/2011