Today I finished reading the book “Eat, Pray, Love“ by Elizabeth Gilbert (I know, I’m about four years behind but whatever). What actually made me want to read it was the preview I saw for the movie version, starring Julia Roberts, which comes out later this summer. It looked really good, but I have a rule that I don’t see movies made from books until I read the book first (and they’re always better).
This post is somewhat running-related, I promise.
If only we all had the means, time and resources to go on a year-long journey of self (discovery? acceptance?) and find peace and true happiness, right? What especially intrigued me about her story was her emphasis on meditation – at first hours and hours alone in “meditation caves” at an Ashram in India and then as a daily practice at sunrise in carefree Bali. It kind of made me want to try it, but what keeps stopping me is the thought that a) I can think of 100 other things to do with my time b) I don’t think I can sit still for longer than 10 minutes c) How do you think of nothing? My brain is always on the move and d) I’d rather be running…
Then I started wondering – could running be my form of meditation? It calms me down, keeps me centered and focused, gives me an outlet to think (or not think), and my day is not the same without it. Aren’t those some of the reasons why people meditate? I ran for 2 hours and 18 minutes this morning (no ipod), and it flew by because I was busy thinking, not thinking, enjoying my surroundings and being thankful for the perfect, beautiful day. Almost each and every run I do, long or short, teaches me something new about myself in some way. I think this counts for something 🙂
I still want to try traditional meditation – maybe before going to sleep at night to ease me in. If I do, I’ll report back. And, if you haven’t read Eat, Pray, Love, I highly recommend it.
Today was a picture perfect beach day – I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!
P.S. – Happy Birthday, Meghan!
Question: Do you meditate? How and when?
Question: Do you think running could be a form of meditation?