Exercise the Mind

“The mind works as hard as the body does during exercise.  It knows its roll during these lonely interludes–to inspire, analyze, and fantasize.

–Bart Yasso

In India, when I’d share my love for running marathons and ultras, I didn’t get the same response as I often get in the west (“What’s wrong with you…”).  Most people got it.  They understood it wasn’t just about training my body but equally, or possibly even more than equally, about training my mind.  They understood that its a form of meditation or prayer.  For many Indians, the spiritual world holds heavy significance.  Meditation and prayer are part of every day life to a degree that many of us in the west could stand to learn from.  Next time your out for a run/walk/cycle let your mind inspire, analyze, and fantasize– you’ll be amazed by what you find.

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Benefits of Meditation

To name a few:

  • decreased respiratory rate
  • increased blood flow and slower heart rate
  • deeper level of physical relaxation
  • lowers blood pressure
  • lowers anxiety
  • reduces free radicals and tissue damage
  • decreases muscle tention
  • enhances immune system
  • enhances energy, strength, and vigor
  • helps alliviate chronic diseases
  • helps alliviate chronic pain
  • increases serotonin levels
  • helps control thoughts
  • slower aging of the mind
  • I could go on and on…