Mindful Walking Part Two: Is Running Mindful?

SZG-396Last week, we talked about a meditation to help you walk more mindfully, but what about running?

Running for exercise, or when there’s an emergency, is good. Sometimes, though, people (especially kids!) run just to get somewhere faster even though there’s no rush. This might not be necessary, or very mindful. Consider the following:

1. Let’s say you run up a flight of stairs. Are just your legs running? What other body parts are running?

2. Next time you run and then stop suddenly, pay attention to how your body reacts. What do you notice about your muscles? Your breathing? Your heartbeat?

3. How often do you break into a run without thinking about it? When this happens, think: would it make sense to walk at a regular pace in this case? Why or why not?

 

This entry was inspired by Eline Snel’s great book, Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises For Kids (and Their Parents)!