Thursday, May 10, 2012

Running with the Mind of Meditation Book Review

As a Tibetan lama and leader of Shambhala (an international community of 165 meditation centers) Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has found physical activity to be essential for spiritual well-being. In his new book, RUNNING WITH THE MIND OF MEDITATION: Lessons for Training the Body and the Mind, Sakyong Mipham applies Buddhist wisdom and his own dedication to running to produce a unique combination of spiritual and athletic practice. 

Sakyong Mipham presents basic meditation instruction and fundamental principles he has developed. The lessons in the book are simple and designed to show how the melding of internal practice with physical movement can be used by anyone – regardless of age, spiritual background, or ability – to benefit body and soul.

Prior to reading Running With the Mind of Meditation, by Sakyong Mipham, when I thought about meditating, I pictured someone sitting quietly on a cushion.  In addition I admit that I run with music (or a movie on the tm) to keep my mind off running.  In this book, Sakyong Mipham combines the practice of meditation and running.  He presents steps on how to start meditating, establish a meditation base, and combines it with the basics of running - aligning posture, working with the breath and placing your feet properly and bringing mindfulness or full-heartedness and appreciation and awareness to your runs.  By focusing on breathing (and not music or other distractions) while running, one can achieve mind and body balance.  Just like running requires training, so does meditating. By making meditation and running a natural part of a daily routine, and being consistent in practice (instead of training intensely and then giving it up), one can be rewarded with health of body and mind.

To check out what Kovas thought of this book, head over to Midwest Multisport Life.

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(Disclaimer: I was sent this book for free to review on my blog, courtesy of Random House. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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  1. Such a great book, so simply presented.

  2. This sounds very cool! I would love to read it!

  3. I need this. I've been struggling with letting that little voice defeat my runs lately.

  4. wow, i would really like to read this one!! sounds amazing!


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