I would like to share how you can transform your running so it is a more enjoyable and satisfying experience resulting in more benefits and greater happiness. Running with a more efficient technique results in less effort and is the foundation to finding more joy in running. Also, if you change how you approach running, it can be a more meditative, relaxing and effortless experience instead of just a workout or a way to stay in shape. You still get the results you want but with more freedom, joy and energy gained.
Practicing a more natural and efficient technique has many benefits. By bringing awareness to your physical body, you are more likely to be in the present moment. And instead of thinking about your worries and stresses, you will be able to experience and find joy in this moment. The present moment is truly a gift, for it is the only moment we have. Also, running more efficiently is easier, obviously. This alone makes running more enjoyable and fun. I have found Chi Running to be the most effective way to run efficiently and naturally.
Why do you run? Is it to stay in shape? To get a workout? I suggest letting go of those ideas. Instead, run because you want to. Because it is truly a gift to be able to use our physical bodies to move through space. Run to get outside and see the beauty this world has to offer. Run to say hello to other runners and smile because we are lucky to be able to do what we love.
Running can be a moving meditation with similar benefits to yoga and sitting meditation. With mindful practice, remind yourself to bring your mind into the present moment. You can do this by focusing on your form and the physical body as well as your breath. I recommend just noticing the breath and not trying to control it. If you are relaxed and efficient, your breath will be optimal. Running can be more enjoyable by being aware of and appreciating the beauty of the places you run. Appreciate the little things: seeing an old friend, the textures of trees, the smile of a child, the feel of the wind against your legs, the sound of your soft foot falls…
Remember, the choice is yours. If you consciously allow running to be more enjoyable, you will open a door to allow running to be just that. Focus on the physical body, technique and breath. Allow your mind to find the present moment and give thanks for doing what you love. Allow your spirit the freedom to enjoy this movement by giving up expectations, time, goals and just appreciate the movement and joy of what we are born to do.
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