I asked a long distance runner what he thought about while running for hours on end.
He simply replied, “When I run, I run.”
“So you think about nothing?” I asked.
“You could say that. I'm aware of the rhythm of my breathing, my footsteps pounding on the path and the route that I am following. to work out problems or think about other activities, I will be distracted from running. Then I risk losing my rhythm, stumbling and falling. ”
“How did you learn to this, or did it somehow come naturally?”
“It came over time, but with practice. The more I ran and the more distance I added, the more I found that letting go of all thoughts helped my performance and endurance. . ”
“Fascinating,” I said, “It sounds like you are meditating, letting go of your conscious thoughts to let your subconscious mind take over.”
“Yes,” said the runner. “It is like that. The interesting thing is that I often have some of my best creative breakthroughs or problem-solving ideas after a long run. brains to do the real work. ”
The runner began running for regular exercise and improve his health and well-being.
Over time, his running shifted to becoming much more than simple exercise. He uses running as a vehicle for meditation, where he removes all thoughts and other environmental distractions. In the mental persistence of his running, he finds exceptional peace and calmness and the bonus, improved creativity and problem solving.
As a teenager taking karate lessons, I learned to meditate by sitting on my cross ankles, closing my eyes, and concentrating on removing every conscious thought from my brain. At first, this was very uncomfortable. The pain in my ankles served a useful purpose by giving me just one thing to focus on, but it had to go or I would not master this meditation thing.
The problem with removing the pain was that I suddenly became aware of ambient noise and, in particular, a fan installed near the ceiling of the gymnasium. I slowly learned to shut out all other thoughts and noises by concentrating on the fan. Then one day, the fan noise stopped. I was fully aware of the missing noise and I opened one eye to peek up at it. Sure enough, the fan was still turning. I smoked and went back into my meditative pose.
From that moment on, I learned the value and power of quiet time for the conscious mind. Call it meditation if you like, but any way that you can queaten the mind on a regular basis will help you to recharge your batteries and improve your critical thinking skills. You will not be plagued by the stresses of an over-worked mind trying to solve too many problems at the same time as dealing with daily routines. Practice this and you will soon learn to turn off any distracting noises.