I recently read Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind by Tibetan lama Sakyong Mipham, the leader of Shambhala Buddhism and a veteran of 9 marathons, with a PR of 3:09 in the Edmonton Marathon and a 3:20 in the Boston Marathon.
I have meditated on and off for over 30 years. I think that it can be a great help in reducing the stress from work, competition, and everyday life. I wish that I did it more regularly.
In Running with the Mind of Meditation, Sakyong Mipham shares his advice on how to start meditating and how to incorporate it into your running. He describes four phases of meditation and training, taken from the Shanbhala tradition of warriorship: tiger, lion, garuda, and dragon. The philosophy and practice behind these phases are too complicated to explain here, but they build on each other as you gain experience in meditating and running.
If you are interested in meditation and incorporating it into your running, you will find Running with the Mind of Meditation to be a helpful guide that you will refer to again and again. If you are interested in learning more about Sakyong Mipham and Running with the Mind of Meditation workshops, check out runningmind.org.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of Running with the Mind of Meditation for review.