In the spirit of FLYING PIRATE Weekend... When many think of meditation they visualize the little buddha sitting quietly with his eyes closed sitting tall and calm, motionless, in silence...
When I visualize what meditation is I see an open road with nothing but peace in the mind, wind in my face and the AWESOME, BEAUTIFUL pounding of my heart and hypnotic rhythm of my breathe. For millions like me, meditation can be easily found in running. There is something beautiful to be said about the full mental release that comes from the open road! In the same breathe I will tell you that many would argue that meditation cannot occur when the breathe becomes so rapid and the body is in full exertion. I believe however, every body and mind is different...many of you runners know exactly what I am talking about; that moment that you forget your feet are hitting the pavement, you become a fluent machine and the mind just lets go! I will forever believe that the runners high is in fact the benefits of running meditation! Which ever side of the road to travel... may everyone have a safe, peaceful and joyous run in the Flying Pirate 1/2 Marathon! And I will leave the debate up to you...check this recent article for more believers in the art of running meditation:
Everything has a beginning and often those are the most memorable and special FIRST moments in our lives! This being the first BLOG of my life it is special to me in that I have no idea what I am doing or what to expect just that I type my thoughts, feelings, cool info and research I discover and share a bit of me with the world. That seems a little crazy and scary but again new and exciting! So back to the beginner's mind...I have been thinking of how beautiful it is to have that innocence, that beautiful beginners brain where everything holds a million possibilities, just like the developing mind of our children. As adults we strive so hard to be an expert, to over-top the other guy and be something and someone we are not! Maybe it's time we take a step back and look at things from a new, fresh perspective. Look at life through your child's eyes for a moment! Children don't live in the past, they certainly don't live for the future...what they know is the present. They embrace life and see things in full color. Maybe we should all take a moment in our lives to just stop and see the beauty and find that NEW POSSIBILITY! For more on what a beginner's mind is...check out: http://www.nithyananda.org/article/what-beginner-mind#gsc.tab=0