Mindful Running: An Interview with Ozzie

Leave the first response October 5, 2011 / Posted in Breathe, Mindful Running, The Running Mind


Here is the link to Jackie Linehan’s web page:The Peaceful Runner where she did an interview with me.

The Full Interview: Mindful Running Interview with Ozzie Gontang

The first of Jackie’s ten questions:

Q. Thank you Ozzie for joining us today. I have to say I really enjoy reading the articles on your website. They contain so many positive messages of inspiration as well as practical advice. I like how you have designed your site combining mindfulness with running, leadership and everyday life. Why did you decide to create the website and how did you decide on its concept?

A. I was influenced by the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh back in the 1980’s and was introduced to the writings of Jon Kabat-Zinn. In the mid-90s a number of the people at Integrative Medicine had gone through the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program. Steve Alper and Karen Sothers were two of our trainers.

Misperceptions, incorrect ideas or notions get us into more trouble. The Will Roger’s comment, It’s not what I know that gets me in trouble, it’s what I know that just ain’t so.” The majority of people in the United States still think that the Yield signs are yellow. They haven’t been yellow since we adopted the International Signage Code back in the late 80’s.

For me, the Kalama Sutra is my guide:

“After thorough observation, investigation, analysis and reflection, when you find that anything agrees with reason and your experience, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, and of the world at large; accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it; and live up to it.”

Life is about living a practice. Living in appreciation and with gratitude and dealing with whatever life has to offer. It is about living life fully no matter what the circumstances.

We are herd/pack animals and how do I live for the benefit of one and all? So Mindfulness is in the moment. Running mindfully for me became a practice that involved form and style — we can run clumsily or gracefully. Go for the grace! Leadership is first about leading oneself. My thinking influences my being and my being influences what I do and what I won’t do.

We don’t learn from our experiences. We learn from our interpretation of our experiences. So my interpretation of Mindfulness, Running, and Leadership has been influenced by what can I share that might help others to become better walkers, standers, sitters, breathers and running while focused on what is needed to become a world class human. We have some marvelous examples to draw from. Watch Nickelback’s If Everyone Cared video (below) or Bombshel’s Power of One.

Read the full interview with Ozzie. Click HERE

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