Do you believe your fitness capabilities are defined by your physical strength alone? Or does your mental strength have a part to play in how far you excel in your active lifestyle?
The relationship between mind and body is very much in the fore front of our consciousness. We are eager to learn more about the connection between meditation and running; training the mind and training the body to help develop the fundamental principles to increase power and endurance. Despite the movement of the body, to run within yourself is to quieten the mind – to engage and be active all the while to deepen thoughts, in turn calming the mind. Be still monkey mind, stay focused, comfortable and strong with your technique.
The definition of meditation is “to engage in contemplation or reflection; to engage in mental exercise for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness”. Meditation is about taming the mind, training ourselves to help reduce stress, quieten the never ending internal conversations and to bring the focus of the mind to breath.
Breath helps circulate the life force throughout the whole body and through mindful meditation we focus on the rhythmical flow of our out and in breath not the discomfort in which we can at times experience when challenging the body in physical movement. Breath is our pacifier, our peace keeper and the one tool we can use to bring our attention to a point in order to limit distraction.
Journey of the MIND
Planted Life are continually exploring the correlation between mediation and breath to help with achievement all the while having you comfortable with the discomfort that personal challenges present. Over the coming months we will be putting together a solid framework to give you the tools to adopt greater mindfulness into your daily lives and endurance goals.
We welcome you to join us in daily meditation; both guided and unguided finding your peace and quiet in the mind whether you be sitting still or moving consciously.
Recommended Meditation Apps
Metta (means ‘Loving Kindness’) Meditation
This meditation adapted from the Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification) by Buddhaghosa, a 5th-century systematization of the Buddha’s teachings.
To practice this love meditation, sit still, calm your body and your breathing, and repeat to yourself –
May I be peaceful, happy, and light in body and spirit.
May she be peaceful, happy, and light in body and spirit.
May he be peaceful, happy, and light in body and spirit.
May they be peaceful, happy, and light in body and spirit.
May I be safe and free from injury.
May she be safe and free from injury.
May he be safe and free from injury.
May they be safe and free from injury.
May I be free from anger, afflictions, fear, and anxiety.
May she be free from anger, afflictions, fear, and anxiety.
May he be free from anger, afflictions, fear, and anxiety.
May they be free from anger, afflictions, fear, and anxiety.
Begin practicing this love meditation on yourself (“I”) until you are able to love and take care of yourself. After that, practice on others (“he/she,” “they”)—first on someone you like, then on someone neutral to you, then on someone you love, and finally on someone the mere thought of whom makes you suffer.