Running For Exercise And Meditation

How running each morning can be both exercise and meditation.

If you're like I was, you probably think of running or jogging as one of those things filed in the category, "Things I won't do unless there is a loaded gun pointed at my head." We've all seen those crazy runners out there, freezing in winter and dripping with sweat on those 103 degree days. Maybe you chuckled inwardly at them, calling them something akin to "crazy moron!" Well, believe it or not, running is not only good exercise, (you knew that,) but it can do amazing things for your mind and sense of peace within yourself.

Think of your morning. Are you running crazily through the house yelling at everyone to get up, searching for your briefcase, keys, your blue blouse? Morning is always the most frazzled time of the day as everyone is rushing to be somewhere and since you've just woke up you are bleary eyed and confused on top of it. What if you could get up an hour earlier each day? That may sound like sheer torture if you feel like you're not getting enough sleep already, but it could be just what the doctor ordered to start your day out right.

Try getting up an hour earlier than usual, just as an experiment. It's dark, it's quiet and there's just you. If you stay in the house, you'll just find things to do, load of laundry, dishes in the sink, pay some bills. This will defeat the purpose of your morning experiment. Put on some old sweats, a t-shirt and sneakers and leave! You don't have to run far and you don't have to run fast, just run. You may start out walking more than running, but you won't be thinking about the torture on your body because you will be thinking about other things. Run through in your mind the things you need to do when you get back. Mentally place all of the objects you need to get ready and go through a rundown of your day's schedule. It can be really helpful to carry a small recording device with you when you run to remember things that occur to you on your journey.

Run fifteen minutes in one direction and then turn around and come back. You've just exercised and organized all in one shot, had peaceful time to yourself to collect your thoughts and you can also pat yourself on the back and feel good about doing something just for you. You won't be as harried when everyone else wakes up and your whole family will appreciate this calm new you!

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