It’s not easy to meditate and it’s not easy to run.
At least that has been my experience. Nevertheless, I do both and miss them when I don't do them. Thankfully I have managed to set myself in the habit of doing both. As it happens they are intrinsically linked in my routine.
I had been lucky enough to practice some Yoga back in the 90's with a teacher from Yorkshire. Long story for another day. Suffice to say the class was inspiring enough for me to (nearly) follow through on the quite extensive British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Training course. I didn’t alas and I moved on.
Jumping ahead a couple of decades and I joined a Chen Style Tai Chi class in Galway. I studied with the zeal of the convert for 3 years. Again, I moved on. Other stuff.
Long story short is that I have absolutely no excuses when it comes to knowing what I should do to be centred, focussed and enlightened. Yet, I spent many years not adhering to the very basic tenets of these skills and was far from centred, focussed and certainly could have done with a dollop of enlightenment.
When you know what tools are available to help and that it only takes a moment’s thought to implement them and yet you don't, then for sure you are not in a good place.
So, I resolved to get into a better place.
You can change your life in an instant. The fact that I had a rough idea what to do to helps.
So, enough about me for a second. Everybody should consider some basic building blocks to mind themselves each and every day. There is so much more information out there then there was when I found myself in Yorkshire - many miles from where I was raised - in a fortuitous situation. There are all sorts of meditation techniques and practices and a Yoga teacher on every corner (well, you catch my drift.)
Oh yes. The Motion bit. I also like to maximise the 'me' time, especially in the early morning. The 'Power Hour' as Tony Robbins calls it. I have learned to incorporate meditative practice into a morning Run. The Meditation does have to compete with various podcasts and occasional music, but all of that is geared towards aiding the positive mind and starting the day in the best possible way.
In that way, from rising at 5.30am until 9am I have managed to cover stillness, meditation, exercise and used that focused time to complete the more creative aspects of my daily work routine. All before the volume starts to grow and it all gets a bit busy.
I write this, like a lot of us do, to continue to focus myself as much as share a healthy routine with others that may get something from it.
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