Blog: Mindfulness Meditation: Running + Sitting = 🕊

Manny Becerra as a child

February 2018

One thing I enjoy doing to process my daily, life experiences—in pursuit of being the best version of myself—is to run: easy-going jaunts up-and-along the desert hills in Northern Nevada during the early mornings or evenings a little before sunset. It's an activity I can do on my own with my dog, or with another friend or group of friends.

Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.” — Dean Karnazes

At times, I brave a trek through town; although, my feet don't favor it much as I don't have much of an arch in my feet so running on hard surfaces doesn't bode well. Regardless, my runs are, and for as long as I can remember, been a good, effective source of meditation for me. Other than some decent shoes, it's near free (price-wise), and, in addition the body feeling quite good afterward, so does the mind/spirit.

Overlooking Truckee Meadows in Northern Nevada from a hilltop near sunset time
Collage with various views of running trails in Northern Nevada during a raining day that brought out a beautiful rainbow

Some seek the comfort of their therapist's office, others head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy. — Dean Karnazes

Another form of meditation and reflection that I enjoy and have found valuable is 'sitting.' It's just that: sitting, in silence; other than not interrupting others' "sit" time, if participating with a group, you can do what you want during this time. If you wish to attempt to tackle the goal of not thinking, go for it.

This is why I'm grateful for the intentional space my friends Katie and Russell at the Yoga Center have created for anyone to come together and sit with one another for 30-minutes every Wednesday. The cost is similar to running: other than your time, it's near free. No dollar amount to participate, and all are welcome. It's a great ROI. I make it a point to make the weekly meditation sit with Katie, Russell, and old and new friends whenever I can. If you are ever in Reno, you should consider it too: it's held at the Yoga Center starting at 12pm (noon).

When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity not to be afraid. — Pema Chödrön

Hillside in the San Francisco Bay Area with a slanting tree
Invitation to the weekly meditation sit session at the Yoga Center in Midtown Reno

Never stop evolving. I look forward to seeing you either out on the hills or at the weekly mindfulness meditation sit-jam at the Yoga Center in Reno!


Manny


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