ChiRunning: A Practice of Mindful Movement1 Comment February 20, 2011 / Posted in Meditation, Mindful Running, Mindfulness, Running Form & Style
I have had the pleasure of knowing Danny and Katherine Dreyer since the mid-90′s when we first communicated by phone and in the news group:rec.running.
Danny was beginning to share his practice that combined his love of running and his practice of tai chi. The union by Danny of running and the principles of Tai Chi have created a movement that has changed the running form and style for many.
ChiRunning and ChiWalking have been shared with thousands of people and made a difference how they walk and run over the surface of the earth. Even more so, Danny and Katherine have helped people become mindful of how they move through all aspects of life over and above running and walking.
Like sitting and meditating as a practice, so ChiRunning is one way to make a practice of moving mindfully.
Thich Nhat Hanh shares his reflections on walking meditation.
Practice meditation while you walk. You can be peaceful and happy during this practice. Do it as if you are the happiest person in the world, and if you do that you succeed in walking meditation. There is no goal or destination is set. No place to get. Walking is not a means, it is an end by itself. Each step you make, must make must make you peaceful happy and serene. Each step brings you back to the present moment. Which is the only moment in which we can be alive.
This video puts to music his poem on Walking Meditation.