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Mindful Running

We titled this article mindful running with the emphasis on mindful.  It’s important that we differentiate from meditation and mindfulness.  Meditation is removing yourself from all distractions; to be in a different place and present unlike any other part of your day.  Mindful running is applying those practices to the process of running.  As you are running, what does your breath tell you, how do your legs feel? Other physical queues are present that you may not always pay attention to.  Many people will start with their breath, but there are many other connections to make while you are running such as the path you are running on, how a past injury may feel, the feel of your sneakers, the...

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Mindful 18

When you spend 4+ hours on a golf course, it pays to pay attention to how you are mentally approaching the round Happiness is a long walk with a putter -Greg Norman Golf is such a mental game. We can all spend hours on the course and the range, but an often overlooked component of golf is the mental aspect. How are you handling the ups and downs of the game. Getting into a flow in golf, and maintaining through 4+ hours is critical to having a great round. Think about your best round. What was different about it. Our guess is that it you just played the game and didn’t create huge ups and downs for yourself. When we...

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7 Simple Steps to Meditation

This is not meant to be an exhaustive guide  but rather a quick cliff notes version of how you would start to meditate.  Look, there is no perfect way.    Be as you are, do your best and don’t be hard on yourself.  Without further ado: 1. Create a time and a space: choose a time each day that you can practice your meditation.  Ideally this is a quiet space so you are distraction free   2. Set your timer, starting with as little as 2-3 minutes and over time you can work up to 10 minutes and longer 3. Find a comfortable sitting position.  Sitting cross legged on a zafu or meditation cushion promotes the right posture for your...

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Headspace & Calm

Summary: both apps are very good at helping you start or continue meditation. Interface The Calm interface can best be described as very modern with a nature feel. There are nature backgrounds that you can utilize, and the flow of the app feels very current. There are several buckets that Calm organizes it’s content into, including sleep | meditate | music | other The other category is a little bit of a catch-all, including kids, masterclass (world renowned meditation experts), body and breathe. Calm buckets out things a little more broadly at the top level, whereas Headspace will creatively label each category to a lower level. For example, to find “Personal Growth” in Calm, you would click into the Meditate...

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Spotlight on Meditation: Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant starts each morning with meditation for 10-15 minutes. Kobe says that it “sets him up for the rest of the day. That it’s like having an anchor”. In December of 2015, he told Robin Roberts of Good Morning America that he realized he was coming to the end of his career during meditation. “I try to have at least 15 minutes of still time and just kind of sit in my thoughts in the morning and just kind of meditate. And normally what happens with me is my mind would always drift to the game. Always,” he said in reply to Roberts’ question during the Tuesday interview. “And then I found myself sitting there. My mind wouldn’t drift towards the game...

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