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Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind Hardcover – April 10, 2012
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There is much wisdom to be found in this brilliant yet simple book. The lessons offered by Sakyong Mipham are like spiritual vitamins that will nourish the runner's soul.
–Jerry Lynch, Ph.D, author with Al Huang of Spirit of the Dancing Warrior and the best-seller, Thinking Body, Dancing Mind
Running With the Mind of Meditation is a delightful and welcome addition to contemplative literature. We often forget that movement is a natural complement to meditative practice, and helps us avoid what has been called the 'stone Buddha' syndrome. This book is a profound guide to the integration of mind and body."
-Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words: the Power of Premonitions and The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
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.
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For an amazing read of what is possible in the realm of human endurance, check out The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei.
The book does not seem to have a discernible structure, other than in part discussing various stages of meditation and running using animal metaphors, which personally left me flat and I found that aspect tedious. The author starts the book by saying that meditation and running are two separate things, and you don't meditate while you run. Then, throughout, the book jumps back and forth, randomly and pointlessly, between separately talking about meditation and talking about running, and the author's personal experiences with both.
That, in fact, is what I valued most in Sakyong Mipham's approach to the topic of meditation. He approaches meditation as a way to strengthen the mind - to improve it's ability to retain focus and to think clearly.
His rationale convinced me of the potential merits for meditation that don't have anything to do with reaching Nirvana or attaining some grand level of spiritual enlightenment (although, I do realize those are benefits that are important and real to others).
I've been practicing meditation now for over a year using the techniques in this book and I can only say that they've worked for me. I can't imagine not practicing meditation now any more than I can imagine not running or not doing my core work. These things are essential to my life, and I'm very grateful I lucked into this book.
Happy Trails, Fellow long trail runner:-)