Running Meditation? Yeah, It’s a Thing

Before I launch into the ludicrous idea that you can meditate while running (and that some people actually enjoy it), allow me to share some pretty cool articles I found yesterday.

  • Relieve your tension. I love the idea of self-hugs through mudras and taking deep breaths. You owe it to yourself to pause, give space, and love yourself.
  • For a longer read that’s worth it, expand your subjective time. Yes, time is a construct that is made up. It is…subjective. Let’s be creative with it!

Meditating on a treadmill

I’ve heard (and tried) the following mediations with success, some more, some less: walking meditation, washing dishes meditation, standing mediation, yoga nidra meditation, petting dog meditation, and even masturbation meditation. I haven’t tried these together, but I’d imagine you could. Except the last two. That would be weird for me. But, you do you.

You know how the universe wraps things together and puts them in front of your face? Well, it happened yesterday for me. First, Psychology Today has an article about treadmill meditation. (I enjoy their articles; you’ll see more of them on this site.) I thought to myself, “huh, I never thought of that.” Actually, I thought to myself, “that sounds like torture.” More on that later. Second, after the first article, I ran into this article from The Cut about the “magic mind-clearing power of running.”

Two things used to exist: I used to LOVE running and there used to be a picture of me running on the internet. I can’t find the latter; the former is a long story for another time. Instead, here is a picture of me thanking the man who saved my life:

You can do it, here’s how

For some, running is torture. For others, running is soothing. Isn’t that the whole point of meditation…to sit with your emotions and experiences…whether they are good OR bad? Better yet, isn’t it the point of meditation and mindfulness to sit with these experiences without judging them?

Let’s explore this a bit. When you are running, try paying attention (a pretty good idea in the mindfulness community). Here are some idea:

  • Without judging or changing it, what is the pattern in your breathing?
  • Feel any pain in your body? Be with it; can you notice the moment it leaves?
  • What other sensations do you feel? Can you feel the chill of the wind or the warmth of the sun?
  • Do you notice any difference in your thoughts? Do they come faster? Do they come less? Are they different than your thoughts while sitting?

You can continue this exploration while running. Keep it going, keep curious, after your run. Notice these things without holding them as something you should or shouldn’t be experiencing.

And, if running ain’t your thing, try walking. Walking will make you more productive and creative. If that isn’t your thing either, be curious however suits you. Be present for your day-to-day and watch your day be a present for you.


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