This lunch time the weather was so lovely that I could not resist getting out for a run on my break from work. I find that a clear blue sky really motivates me to get out and enjoy the sunshine. A bit of lunch time exercise always makes my afternoon more productive too.
Recently I have been running with my headphones on. Listening to music is great on dark mornings when I tend to run laps in far less interesting and appealing conditions! The music adds the extra interest that keeps a springing my step.
When I run in the daytime and the weather is as good as it is today I feel almost obliged to leave my music at home so that I can give my full attention to my surroundings. The trouble is that I have been noticing that running with music makes me so much faster and so gives me a better work out.
I decided to stick with the music but challenged myself to remain mindful and to enjoy the countryside that I was passing through too. Dual attention!
So as I enjoyed the amazing beauty of the Prestwold Estate I still appreciated my surroundings, even to the point where I remembered to stop and take a photo. I hadn’t been mindless splitting my attention between gorgeous views and ‘Pop To Make You Happy’ by Amazon Prime, I enjoyed both!
In meditation sessions I often teach that distractions can actually be helpful. You can use distractions to assist you in training your brain. Each time your mind wanders because of a distraction during a meditation session you use this interruption to return your attention to the exercise. The more often you get distracted the more reminders you get.
I realised that by slightly adapting this principal it worked on my run too. Each time my mind went off on a tangent, as it tends to do on a run, either the lyrics of the music or the amazing view brought me back to being in the moment. Both were really useful tools and I enjoyed both.
Our world is full of distractions, sometimes they can cause us to feel hectic and overwhelmed. Training your brain to actually use distractions to keep you mindful is a brilliant way to become more mindful in your living.
Come on a Revitalise session to see how you could be more mindful in everything you do. Mindfulness is a life skill and it can help you to be more effective, more focussed and certainly helps you enjoy things more.