THE Jog Blog – 60

We’ve all heard the enormous benefits of meditation: calming the mind bringing peace, tranquility and a state of wellbeing.

I used to find meditation challenging. I couldn’t stop my mind from racing. My brain resembled the chaotic movement of a racquetball pinging off every wall with no real direction. It brought no sense of calm, clarity or wisdom but rather created more chaos, confusion and frustration.

Although I knew the benefits, I couldn’t seem to reap the rewards until…

I started to jog.

Yes, jogging is a wonderful way to meditate! It allows me to purge the negative, chaotic thoughts in a healthy way leaving my mind open. It also gives me the natural, happy high of endorphins that can last up to 12 hours! 

I meditate two ways while I jog:

    1. I use mottos. Repeating a single phrase or word keeps me focused, centered and manifests the results I am looking for in my life.
    2. I run in nature, away from the cars, city noise and mass population.

        Running on a trail through fields or forest or jogging along the ocean or a gentle stream is proven to bring more peace and a sense of wellbeing. The calm surroundings bring you closer to yourSELF and away from the stresses of life.

 In 1996 a study showed that negative ions – invisible air molecules released by trees, increase the oxygen flow to the brain helping to alleviate such things as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

 

 

SAFETY TIPS WHEN RUNNING ON TRAILS

  • TELL SOMEONE WHERE YOU ARE GOING AND HOW LONG YOU WILL BE. Check in with them when you return.
  • CARRY ID – either your driver’s license safely tucked into a secret pocket or an ID bracelet.
  • RUN WITH A DOG.
  • BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. When you run on trails you have to watch where you are stepping so you don’t turn an ankle, but do be mindful of looking up, listening and using your instinct.
  • RUN WITH A FRIEND. Although you may want your alone time, find a friend who will not speak during this run. Respect each other by staying quiet, giving each time to reflect and meditate, yet keeping safe by jogging together.
  • BE VISIBLE. Wear bright colored, reflective clothing and stay on the trails. Do not go into completely remote areas and risk your safety.
  • DO NOT RUN WITH MUSIC. This is a time to be aware of your surroundings and to leave other stimuli at home.
  • CARRY YOUR PHONE. This is for emergency purposes only, not to check emails or texts.

Although it seems like a lot of rules when you just want a little peace and quiet, they are easy to incorporate and will keep you safe.

If you really want to get centered you could join the Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei, Japan.

They trail run between 24 and 82 miles (38 – 132K) A DAY for a 1,000 days straight in order to reach enlightenment. WOW.

 

If you struggle with meditation, allow your footsteps to create a pattern. Listen to the rhythm. Be aware of your breath. Let go.

I wish you a beautiful weekend full of peace, quiet reflection and the beauty of nature. What a gift!

With a smile,

Tina

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