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Mindful Running-An ultimate way to Mindfulness Meditation



Last November while running my 4 th marathon in NYC TCS Marathon 2017, I was out of all energy and fuel by 20 th mile. And intuitively it dawn unto me to be focused and getting immersed into the beautiful running motion. I then started to feel my entire body running in synchronicity not alone focused on tired legs and fatigue. I found myself in sync with surrounding feeling the gentle breeze, cooling rains and started using my each sense and muscle to connect with nature and drawing the energy from it. I got into extreme sense of gratitude and getting this opportunity to run this world class race which calmed my nerves and more importantly grateful to my body for ability to run marathon. And after finishing my marathon with ultimate joy and fulfilled heart, I crashed. Later, while I was recovering, I realized that mind had taken over my body and I had gotten into meditative state. The experience was beyond comprehension and for the first time realized that I have been many times running mindfully during my training runs with intention, attention, enjoying the moment and accepting what is. I later started doing reading and research to find deeper understanding of how being mindful during running can be so meditative. It led me to study the process around mindfulness meditation and running from the perspective of its effect on health and well-being.
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