Meditating While Running Is Basically The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Mind

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Science just proved that meditating while running is the best thing you can do for your mind.

Turns out meditating while running completely stops depression and anxiety. In fact, meditating while running is  more powerful than medication, says science.   

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Here’s what meditating while running does to depression

Depression is a curse that affects everyone on Earth.

Every single year, millions of people are diagnosed with depression. So there is a very high possibility that you will either face depression at some time or you know someone who will.

Have you ever experienced the crippling agony of depression?

It’s a killer. It sucks all the life right out of your body. It fills your mind with sadness, anger, and despair. It leave you begging for just an ounce of hope.

We as a society have to rise up and fight depression together. A big part of that fight has to come from science, from research, from those guys in the laboratories testing new techniques every single day.

Yeah. That is one big part of our fight against depression.

You know what the other part is?

The other part is spirituality. It’s fighting with that eternal energy that resides in our spirit.

Science and spirituality.

In my view, a bright future will arise only when science and spirituality fight together.

Part of that fight is happening right now.

Right now, scientists have discovered that when you combine the power of meditation with the power of running, you find yourself a potent cure for depression.

 

Here’s what meditating while running does to your mind

 Scientific research shows that meditating while running is extremely powerful. Not only does it boost your levels of happiness, but it can even beat depression, arguably better than medication does. 

This is the latest breakthrough in the fight against depression.

For years scientists have been researching the affects of exercise on depression. What they learnt is that exercise can have a great impact on depression.

And at the same time, they discovered that meditation is a powerful cure for depression too.

But today, a new breakthrough has surfaced.

Today , scientists have discovered that mixing meditation and running gives you one of the most potent cures for depression.

If you want to be rid of the blues forever, try running while meditating.

Tracey Shors it the professor of exercise at Rutgers. She says, “Scientists have known that both [running and meditation] alone can help with depression. This new study shows that when done together, there is a striking improvement in depressive symptoms along with increases in synchronized brain activity.”

Tracey and her team wanted to be certain of the result of this important study. So they took 52 participants, 22 of whom are currently suffering from depression. Over the course of 8 weeks those 52 people meditated for 40 minutes and did 30 minutes exercise. The researchers then tested the results.

Tracey is pleased to announce that those 22 depression sufferers experienced significant improvements after the 8 weeks. They had 40% reduction in their depression symptoms. The participants who were mentally healthy already also showed major improvements in their concentration and happiness.

Read more about this fascinating discovery here. 

Brandon Alderman, is the lead author of the study. He believes that meditation and running together might strengthen neural mechanisms in the brain.

Makes sense, given that we know that meditation stops depression, why not combine it with running.

“We know from animal studies that effortful learning, such as is involved in learning how to meditate, encourages new neurons to mature in the hippocampus,” says Alderman.

This means that running and meditation actually increased the number of new brain cells in the volunteer’s hippocampus, and helps keep those neurons alive and healthy.

Read more about this study on the New York Times.

 

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Here’s how to meditate while running

Take a look at my guide to walking meditation because meditating while running is very similar.

To meditate while running, follow these steps:

  1. Before you start to run take 20 mindful breaths
  2. Do your warm-up stretched like you’d do tai chi (mindfully moving in slow ways)
  3. Start running. Bring your focus to your legs. 
  4. Feel the movement in your legs and let your consciousness sit on that sense of movement. 
  5. You will find it helpful to count breaths while running (one count = both a left and a right pace). 
  6. You can switch to an open meditation by meditating on the environment while you run 
  7. Feel free to sprint and meditate on the energy. Obviously stop if you get out of breath. 
  8. If you get tired, slow down and meditate on your breath while jogging lightly (I do this with my eyes closed personally, but for safety reasons you might want to keep them open or hold your gaze at 45 degrees like you do when practicing Zen meditation)
  9. I personally sometimes put my hands in jnana mudra (the basic meditation hand gesture with your thumb touching your first finger and the other fingers held out straight)
  10. When you finish running, meditate on the sensation of energy in your body

 

 

 

Meditating while running is basically a miracle for your mind

If you have been suffering from depression, scientists recommend that you try meditating while running. You already know how to run. And you can learn much more about meditation in our guide to meditation techniques.

And if you are not depressed but are looking to make your brain stronger, meditate while running, and also use these 40 daily brain training exercises. 

 

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Paul Martin Harrison

Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book Journey To The Buddha Within You.