Moving mediation a therapy (part 1)-A A +A
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
“FOR every runner who tours the world running marathons, there are thousands who run to hear the leaves and listen to rain and look to the day when it all is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight. For them, sport is not attest but a therapy, not a trial but a reward, not a question but an answer” (Dr. George Sheehnan)
IF running is part of your life, expand it. There are many ways, at many levels to achieve meditation on the move.
Like others who have gotten into shape because of various exercises and sports activities, running most likely holds many undisclosed benefits that people indulge themselves into it.
The act of running combines body and mind in a way that is satisfying, because running allows the individual to think of positive things and feel great freedom, sometimes just looking at the trees and scenery allows you to be more optimistic.
These experience can be described as “meditation on the move “because if you run regularly every day, you may have experienced the flow of movement, the second wind, the creativity, the euphoria, the “third wind” and the meditative high. Running at this level is described by experts as “the opening of the creative side of your brain.”
Running in this level also makes the individual reach a state of transcendentalism, a goal of every sportsman, like losing a sense of identity in yourself, because you become running itself. And when the pleasure of movement starts to come, you get a feeling of euphoria and the platonic idea of knowing yourself. Running is getting to know you to an extreme degree.
Running, jogging, or walking in groups or alone two to seven times a week can help relieve depression, it also helps people who experience strong anxiety and tension because it has a greater calming effect than drugs. Running is also proven to relax a tense body, and that deepest relaxations come after voluntary increased muscle tension.
Dr. Thaddeus Kostrubala, Psychiatrist, himself a marathon runner, is very clear about what runners experience. “The slow long-distance runner experiences a part of his unconscious” and their running also achieves “an altered state of consciousness that can be called a kind of Western meditation.”
He explains “the first 20 – 30 minutes of a run will make you rotten, fatigued, or shot down and some in depression will actually cry. The draining feeling is emotional, not physical. It disappears in 30 minutes almost as consistent with the ‘runners’ high’ that occurs 30-40 minutes after starting. This becomes a distinct euphoria with feelings of excitement and enthusiasm. This is why most of our group runners supplement the dosage with independent running.”
The period from 40-60 minutes of running is what he describes as “the altered state of consciousness” similar to the catalytic experience of drugs and religion that allows us to alter our lives from within. This is the opening to the unconscious, where the thought process is altered. Problems become irrelevant or annoying, and are let go, where a random jumble of ideas flashes through the field of consciousness.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 10, 2013.