Running as meditation
From the first step on your run, watch the thinker inside you. Be vigilant of every thought and every feeling that tries to enter your presence, your Now.
I know that running is a great way for thinking, yes, yes, and the thoughts roll around and around and around… The egoic mind shows its ugly head, like a serpent. “Look at me! Look at me!”
Well you can look at the egoic mind. You can stare it in its eyes. It will try to steal your presence with thoughts. But you can steal it back by feeling your feet touching the ground, feeling how your knees move, feel the air caressing your skin, your hair. You feel your breaths and hear the sounds of your breaths, the sounds of your running, the sounds surrounding you, following you. You feel the temperature with your skin and get a sense of where the wind comes from. Your nose registrates information without names. You are in it now. You are present, free of thoughts. Free of past, free of future.
Passing the park. Look how green it is!
See there – a thought. Words. They come soo easy, the thoughts. But you can watch them. They will try to steal your presence, as always. What we want is to run without words. We want real-time Being – no re-runs. Actually, we don’t want anything. We just move. It’s part of who we are. Running men and women. We don’t run for anything. We run because we are. You don’t need any excuse for running. Running is Being as well as walking, diving, flying, swimming…
Running without thoughts, without words is meditation. It’s presence. It’s Now.