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the pinhoti story --

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the pinhoti trail project: atc --

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the real appalachian trail -- justin brymer.

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zen running.


the pta's busiest month to date ~ feb 2016 ~ 40,168 web hits

current weather @ pinhoti trail mid-point ~ s14 - 7.3 ~ cave spring trailhead

zen running.
10 Ways to Make it Work for You
Post written by Leo Babauta.

Running is my zazen. It’s my meditation, my peaceful routine, my inner sanctum.
In Zen Buddhism, zazen (which literally means “seated meditation”) is the central focus 
of the practice. Depending on the school of Zen, zazen is used to concentrate on koans or 
to just sit and be present, experiencing things in the moment.

Of course, I’m not a Zen Buddhist, and I don’t do much actual sitting meditation 
(sometimes, but not often), but I do use running as my form of meditation, of trying to be 

i actually use running for two purposes.
1. Concentration.

During this time, I try to focus on my breathing, on my feet as they 
strike the ground, on how my body feels, on the sights and sounds and smells of nature 
around me, and on my thoughts as they occur. I try not to think about the past and the 
future, but try to remain in the moment. This is difficult, and requires a lot of 
concentration and energy.

2. Contemplation.

This is actually much easier — I just use running as a quiet time, to 
think about my life, about my writing (including this very post, which was composed in my 
head while I was running), about what is important to me.

Both forms of meditation are actually very relaxing, very meaningful to me, and they are 
the main reasons I love to go running. It’s a way for me to stay centered, to lose the 
stress of the world around me, and to just be present.

I recommend it to everyone, especially if you’re looking for a way to find peace and focus 
in your life. Now, you don’t actually have to run — you could walk, or cycle, or swim, or row, 
or whatever — the key is to find solitude and a time every day to practice your own 
personal zazen.

how to make the zen of running work for you.
If you’re interested in finding the Zen of Running (or any other form of exercise), here 
are some tips:

1. Concentration.

In the beginning, it’s important that you practice concentration. It’s not 
something that comes naturally to most of us. Try to do it for as long as you can, bringing 
yourself back to the moment every time you find yourself pulling away. Monitor your 
thoughts, and when you find a thought that is not of this moment (thinking about something 
you have to do later, for example), don’t try to stop the thought. Just be aware of it, 
acknowledge it, and allow it to leave gently. Then return to the moment.

2. Breathing.

A good place to start, when you’re practicing concentration, is breathing. 
This is true of traditional zazen, of course, but it’s also very true of running or other 
exercise, because breathing is an important part of exercise. By concentrating on your 
breathing, you can monitor how hard you’re exercising, and adjust your running up or down 
accordingly. I like to ensure that I’m not breathing too hard.

3. Bursts.

Again, concentration is difficult in the beginning. It can be hard to concentrate 
for very long. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Try practicing concentration in small bursts 
at first, of just 10 seconds at a time. Let yourself rest in between, and then concentrate 
some more for another 10 seconds, and repeat. Later, you can stretch this to 20 or 30 
seconds, or even a minute or two with practice.

4. Time every day.

This isn’t mandatory, but I suggest finding some time every day to 
practice this form of meditation. Does that mean you should run every day? Not 
necessarily — you could run and bike and walk on alternate days, for example. Or you could 
do what I’ve done, and slowly build yourself up to where you can run just about every day, 
alternating hard days with really easy days (of only a slow mile or so). Making it a can’t-
miss appointment at the same time every day is a good idea.

5. Contemplation.

When you tire of trying to concentrate, allow yourself to contemplate. 
Think about your day, about your life in general, about what’s important to you, about your 
goals, about the people in your life. This kind of contemplation should be a part of every 
person’s life.

6. Intervals.

I like to alternate between concentration and contemplation. One workout I 
did just yesterday was hill intervals. I run a very hilly route, and while I usually take it 
easy going up the hills, yesterday I decided to run it hard up the hills and take it easy on 
the way down. And I decided to concentrate on the moment as I ran up the hills, and then 
allow myself to contemplate as I took it easy down the hills. It was a great workout! 
Bonus: as I ran down the hills, I had a great view of the ocean and the sunset in the bay 
below the hills where I live. It was awesome!

7. Stress.

If you find yourself stressed during the day (and who among us doesn’t?), it can 
be very therapeutic to run at the end of the day, in the early evening before it gets dark. 
Again, focus on concentration and contemplation, alternating the two, and you will notice 
the stress melting away. Exercise is naturally a wonderful stress reliever (it’s the main 
reason I took up running), but combined with these two methods, it is one of the best I’ve 
ever used.

8. Ideas.

Contemplation time is also a terrific time to come up with ideas. I use it to come 
up with ideas for posts on this blog, or ideas for fiction I want to write, or projects I 
want to do, or things I want to do with Eva and the kids. The key is writing the ideas down 
when I get home, as I am reluctant to carry my Moleskine notebook with me on my runs.

9. Journal.

On that note, I think it’s also useful to keep a journal and record some of the 
thoughts you have during contemplation, and some notes about your concentration times. 
During contemplation, if you review your day and think about what’s important in life, you’ll 
often have thoughts that you want to remember later. A journal is a great way to get 
those thoughts on record and make the most of your contemplation.

10. Be in the moment.

Once you get good at concentration (and I can’t claim to be that 
good yet), you can focus on more than just your breathing. While breathing is a good way to 
start, there are other things going on in the moment that you can concentrate on. A useful 
method is to open your mind up to your environment, both outside of yourself and within 
yourself. Be aware of what’s around you, of the sights and sounds, and be aware of your 
breathing, the aches and pains of your muscles and joints, your muscles as they work 
during your run, your feet as they hit the ground, the wind as it hits your skin, your hair 
rustling in that wind, your thoughts as  you run. Being in the moment is a very powerful 
thing to learn, and while it’s not easy to learn it all at once, with practice you will get 
better and better at it.

^ climb up.

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