I started teaching ball/heel/ball running back in the late 70's after using one of the first slow motion video recorders made by Sanyo. If you march in place you'll see that the ball then the heel touches. Didn't think that I'd see it accepted in my lifetime. Thanks to Born to Run, Barefoot Bob Saxton, Chirunning, Pose Method, running mindfully or Mindful Running continues to grow in acceptance. It isn't the stupid shoe as one of my early mentors shared with me.
Mindfulness Improves Reading Ability, Working Memory, and Task-Focus, say UC Santa Barbara Researchers
Just a reminder that while all this amazing research is being done; the human part of the story is: Mindfulness Is A Practice.
It is about quieting the chatter. It is realizing that multi-tasking is an abstraction and a distraction.
Sorkh Razilis a reminder of how easy it is to lose one's humanity to technology. Lee Thayer put it: We create technology and then technology creates us. I would add, we forget that our most advanced technological tool is our brain shared in this group of herd/back animals called humanity.
I cannot teach you anything. I can share my perspective and interpretation.
As Siddhartha shared: I can think. I can wait. I can fast.
Sitting quietly, I can observe my thoughts. I can wait as I go back to observing my breath. It is interesting that we call it fasting whereas we are slowing by not being consumed by the comsuming we need for staying alive. In such a practice we get more deeply in touch with our being alive.
Rachel shared this over at Marathoners. Nicely done by Shay Carl.
I especially liked sound at the ending at the top of the overlook.
A way of "Counting Coup." Or a different take on the allegory of Sysiphus, where the rock stays at the top and Sysiphus rolls back down to get another rock. Peter: ...and upon this rock I will build....my practice.
When running becomes part of one's practice. Doing the same thing on a regular basis allows me to see how the one common thread throughout this practice is doing and being and experiencing. Me doing the practice being that thread. The path is the same. The environment changes daily or even hourly.
As business classes get underway at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, MBA students open their laptops and professors fire up PowerPoint presentations in many classrooms.
When it comes to leadership, it is most important to first be able to lead myself. That begins with listening to what is going on within me. I focus my attention being present and aware. I look at my feelings and thoughts.
Homo sapiens sapiens means I can look at my thoughts and feelings and examine them. In my environment I do not have to react, I can stay centered.
In the eye of the hurricane there's complete calm. Here's a look at the impact Mindfulness is having on people in business & Life
The same principles that Glenn and ChiRunning teach such as calmness and efficiency are transferable to each of us in our careers
Like choosing the right mentor, one can observe someone that moves through life and space gracefully. Imitation works well. Practice doesn't make perfect. It makes permanent. What is it that I want permanent in my practice. So running, like life, like business is about being competent and challenging myself to be better than I was today. It's not about striving, it about being the best me. Buddha in the Kalama Sutra says it this way:
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.
The Center for Sport and Performance Psychology is now open in University Square in Mankato,...
Just came across this at Michael Sachs FB page. In 1981, US International University start a Ph.D. program in Clinical Sport Psychology. One of the main faculty was Bruce Olgivy, sort of the grandfather of Sport Psychology. Great faculty that lasted only a year. The adjunct faculty from other universities were told by their schools that what they were doing could jeopardize their tenure.
Looks like the Center is off and running. It is all about being mindful to all vested interests. Congratulations. My daughters were raised on the statement: If you want to know the future; create it. The Center is doing that for the coming generations.
Herb Elliott Running Form in Slow Motion in Rome Olympics 1960. IOC Olympic 1500m Champion: Herb Elliott
Running is falling. You can do it gracefully or clumsily. Go for the grace. ---GAPO---
Run Tall so that your feet only land on the surface of the earth. That means there is no bouncing up and down (read: minimal vertical movement) All of your energy is falling forward (moving on the horizontal axis) and your feet are keeping up with the horizontal forward fall of your body.
Last week was the 33rd anniversary of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope, when he first began his long cro (RT @VancityBuzz: Read Terry Fox’s 1979 letter to Adidas for running shoes http://t.co/Pj3Pf1EkRw)...
Mindfulness is easy: Stop. Breathe. Think about your thinking.
An enjoyable read. A reflection that like any training in athletics, Mindfulness is a practice. Jung put it this way: The mind reflects the body reflects the mind. It is about: Stop, Breathe, and observe your thinking.
Newton Running shoes are built with Action/ReactionTM technology, which reduces impact, returns energy, and propels you forward so you can run faster, farther, forever. So shake hands with natural form running.
Effortless running takes some effort—and other lessons learned by a chronically injured runner at an alternative running school.
Running like Life can be done gracefully or clumsily. Go for the grace: GAPO
Danny and I go back to the mid-90's when we first met on rec.running. I was supportive of his ideas around ChiRunning. Like Danny I had taken up Tai Chi in 1981 with Master Liang in Balboa Park. My thinking was that running was full body movement. If I wanted to go faster, then it made sense to have synchronized movement with the entire body for each step be it a mile or a marathon.
As the image shows, the maiden on the unicycle has minimal body movement up and down. The only thing moving up and down are her legs. Running is in a way marching in place and allowing the body from the ankle to fall forward.
You may want to look at the concepts of Nicholas Romanov and POSE Method (posetech.com) or Natural Running with Danny Abshire at NewtonRunning.com.
A new study of barefoot tribespeople in Kenya raises tantalizing questions about just how humans really are meant to move.
Interesting study. Would have to see where they feet are when they touch the ground. Jan Hagelbrand of Sweden ran for U.S. international University in San Diego. I had a Sanyo cassette video recorder that could be played back in slow motion. I was used to video machinery and also surgeries. It looked like Jan was a heel striker. The difference was that when his foot touched the ground it was under his center of gravity and not in front of it. Would like to see the videos as the pictures shown, I can't really tell if the heel touches with the leg in front of them or with the heel under their center of gravity.