Mindfullness is hot. Living in the moment, being aware of your surroundings are things you can practise by running! The many benefits of running never cease to amaze me.
How can you practise mindfulness by running? First and foremost you have to run for the fun of it, and not just to become faster and win competitions.
Let me explain. The Greek philosopher Aristotle said there were two ways to do things, and no, he didn't mean an easy and a hard way! He meant poiesis and praxis.
Poieis means 'doing something' or 'producing something'. The reason you do something lies outside the activity itself: the goal of making a cake isn't baking, but the cake you'll be able to eat. You do something for a future goal.
Praxis on the other hand just means 'doing'. There is no external goal: the satisfaction lies in the doing.
When people start to run they often do so to lose weight: poiesis. But gradually they start to enjoy the proces of running more and more, and losing weight becomes secondary. They simply run because they enjoy the running. Praxis replaces poiesis. And when that happens you live in the moment!
To me running is mostly praxis: I'll never win anything and I'm not going out of my way to improve my pace. In fact, whenever I start to get ambitious I start to dislike running and it becomes just another chore in an already full day. So I run because I like running (praxis) and because I love the feeling of healthy fatigue afterwards (poiesis). Also the fact that, yes I cán have another chocolate! (poiesis).
Praxis and poiesis also apply to motherhood! Motherhood forces you to be in it for the praxis, because the results of your hard labor take about eighteen years to fully materialize. Much easier to try and enjoy the proces of raising kids then straining for lofty goals, which quite simply can't be enforced.
Are you a praxis runner or more of a poiesis runner?
And as a mom? Are you of the praxis variety or the poiesis kind?