Recently, it was brought to my attention that I need to reduce my stress. Well, duh, who doesn’t?
Meditation is often the prescription when it comes to calming the mind. Many people have recommended it, and many times I’ve tried it. But when I sit, cross-legged, whether on a yoga mat or on my bed, my heart starts to race. I get anxious. Quiet meditation isn’t my thing, so I gave it up.
Then someone else said two simple words that changed everything: active meditation. YES! I’d heard this phrase before during yoga, and I sort of dismissed it. Sure, I could still my mind while bending into Triangle pose and that had tremendous benefits, but I never linked active meditation to running.
Then I realized that I achieve my highest level of zen between miles 3-8 (while running at 8:30 pace). The window can be pushed back if I’m training, but that’s the sweet spot I can always rely on. This is where my mind is at peace, my body is connected and working efficiently, and I am meditating. Actively.
I joke with my husband that when I’m Swiffering the floor for the second time that day, I’m actually actively meditating. Relaxing, if you will. He’s not buying it, but he can’t deny the serenity that running provides.
Keep running, Angels, and let’s reduce stress our way. Namaste. — Amie