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Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind Hardcover – Apr 10 2012


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (April 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307888169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307888167
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By slackergirl on Feb. 15 2014
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this book was perfect, exactly what I was looking for, spiritual guidance for both meditation and running all in one package.
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I found this book very motivational and have added it to my running repertoire - very much worth reading and practicing the described techniques.
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By MICHEL SAUMONNEAU on July 31 2013
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I really recommend this book for every runner , it was very helpfull for me .
Try it and you will never quite
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If you like running you Will love this book. However, more then just a running philosophy you Will learn à way of live.
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Read this and lose your MP3 player Sept. 24 2012
By Horacio E. Schwalm - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been running consistently (that is, more than three times per week and for at least twenty miles total) for over thirty years and have completed marathons, ultras, and Ironman triathlon distance races. Until I read this book, I wanted to have inspirational music plugged into my head and constantly searched for new play lists when the current one lost its magic to motivate. After reading this book, instead of seeking a mood created by music in order to have a good run, I now create my own mood or head out looking to see what I can find by being in the moment. There is enough on meditation in this book to quit looking for external stimulus in order to create internal motivation. You can create your own motivation and enjoy running (or any endurance event) without outside assistance beyond what you can perceive from your surroundings, whether in the woods or the city. This book is full of moments when I stopped reading to underline something and nod to myself. Very good read and excellent practical advice.

For an amazing read of what is possible in the realm of human endurance, check out The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei.
51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Unexpected, deep, and practical June 17 2012
By S. Piver - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Sakyong Mipham's other books and I bought this expecting to also like it for its insights into how our minds work. What I didn't expect was that within 15 minutes of picking it up, I would be lacing up my running shoes and heading out the door. I haven't run for over 6 months and thought, well maybe my running days are over. Now I know that they are--as a form of punishment. This book reopened the door to running as a joy. As I continue to read, the depth of the book continues to unfold. Yes, you can use it as a source of inspiration to take care of your body. You can read it as a primer on mindfulness and awareness. But you can also read it as a guide to creating happiness and peace within yourself. A surprisingly deep--but still quite pragmatic--book. Highly recommended.
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Worth a second read Jan. 15 2013
By Chuck Whetsell - Published on Amazon.com
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Having been a runner for 50 years and a meditator for 40, I was naturally interested in this book. My reaction after a first read was the same as I had with the author's other two books: nice, but simplistic. However, my experience with his first two books was that they somehow deepened upon subsequent readings. I gave this book another try, taking it with me on a week-long meditation retreat while I was recovering from a running injury. The advice in the book on healing from injury was helpful. More to my surprise, the book provided significant guidance on my meditation during retreat. As I have continued to re-read this book I have found my running has changed from being "good for me", driven, and slightly aversive, to being a relaxed and joyful experience that leaves me refreshed and relaxed. Oddly enough, my speed has increased. I subsequently used this book as meditation for hiking on a retreat I led in the Grand Canyon. Tiger instructions were very good for staying on the trail without falling, a must in the Canyon. Ascending Bright Angel trail at the end of a week, the Lion instructions were great for touching on panoramic awareness. What I have come to realize is that the author is very good at making profound insights accessible. A casual reading of his work may leave one with the impression that it is simplistic, but my experience has been that careful and continued attention to what he writes reveals a genius for writing on many levels of understanding at once, so that many people can benefit from what he says, and that most could benefit from reading it many times.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
You have to dig for the jewels Sept. 18 2013
By P. Buttner - Published on Amazon.com
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As a long-time runner and meditator, I was hoping to find a bit more substance to this book, especially after reading the Sakyong's hugely practical and helpful book, "Turning the Mind into an Ally." What I found was a bit of a puff piece on the general attitude of Buddhism sprinkled somewhat haphazardly with concrete tips on how to meditate and how to run. I believe the useful tips found throughout could probably be condensed to a single page.

This book is seemingly aimed at the novice to both Buddhism and Running, but still not as a satisfying how-to guide.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Doesn't teach running meditation Jan. 6 2014
By jvp - Published on Amazon.com
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The book isn't what I expected and hoped for. I wanted to read about how to meditate while running; how to focus my mind and keep it off thoughts of fatigue during endurance events. Instead, I would describe the book as somewhat of a compare and contrast between running and meditation. He describes how the pursuit of running can be justified and helpful for meditators. The author is very good at teaching meditation concepts and has an easy writing style. I did learn a few new insights about meditation. He describes running and gives anecdotal experiences from his own journey. The book, therefore, is good if you're already a meditator who's considering getting started in running, but isn't what I was looking for.

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