An Introduction to Mindful Running – Free Event

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Free yoga. Free mediation. Free wisdom!

Running with the Mind of Mediation is hosting a free event being held this Sunday, December 6th 5:15 – 8:15 pm at the Boulder Shambhala Center 1345 Spruce Street in Boulder. The event serves as a launch to a new online course that coincides with the book “Running with the Mind of Meditation” by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the leader of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and is spiritual director of Shambhala International, and its weekend retreat, now in its 11th year, held in Red Feather Lakes each September. Marty Kibiloski, who has been teaching meditation for 8 years at the Shambala Mountain Center, and the organizer of the event invites people who are interested, to “come and do some yoga and a short walking meditation before the talk.”

The evening will include a yoga session lead by Tara Michelle who helped mentor Sakyong as he took up running. Susan Skjei, a senior meditation teacher in Shambhala will teach meditation followed by an hour-long conversation between Kibiloski and Mike Sandrock about how to introduce mindfulness into your running routine.

The discussion will touch on:

1. What is mindful running? How does one do it? Do we know when we are not doing it?
2. What are some of the benefits of mindful running?
3. How does it build community?
4. How has mindful running affected competitive running? Coaching?
5. What advice do you have for learning to be more mindful and how to cultivate the benefits?

Sandrock has interviewed and run with both the Sakyong Mipham and Kibiloski, noting how both of them have reached a similar level of understanding although coming from different perspectives, the Sakyong from meditation and becoming a runner, and Marty starting as an elite runner and becoming a meditator.

“The combination of running and meditation is very powerful”.

Soon after they will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to support the launch of the online course bringing their message to a worldwide audience.

There will be a live stream of the event as well.

View more details on the Facebook event page.

Photos from the Running With the Mind of Meditation Retreat held each September

The integration of running and meditation results in a feeling of worthiness. When mind and body come together, we feel good because we are thoroughly engaged. Great vitality and power occur: we feel worthy to be who we are, where we are and doing what we are doing. We have connected with our innate core of goodness and strength. Unless we do this, we always feel that we are pretending, or that we would rather be somewhere else — which ultimately cannot happen because in reality, we can only be where we are. By connecting with our own worthiness, we connect with the worthiness of all humanity.

Posted by Running with the Mind of Meditation on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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