Can mindfulness and meditation cut stress and improve your running?

The Portland Business Journal has an interesting article about how Intel is offering meditation and mindfulness classes to its employees.  The purpose of these classes is to help employees reduce stress and improve working relationships.

Marne Dunn, a digital literacy strategic program manager at the Folsom campus, took Awake@Intel twice and has co-taught it.

“The main benefits are aroused awareness of myself and how critical I am of myself and not allowing negative self-talk. It was a matter of being frustrated that I wasn’t getting anywhere and I wasn’t being heard. I was finding when you have negative stuff going on, you’re projecting that,” Dunn said.

Marne’s comment about avoiding “negative self talk” is really interesting.  In my opinion, one of the biggest roadblocks for running success is self negativity.

It is very easy to fall into the trap of putting yourself down with comments like “I will never be able to lose weight,” “running is pointless – I never get better,” or “my injury will never heal.”

These kinds of comments create a toxic environment that will prevent meaningful running successes.

As mentioned in the article, meditation may be one way to recognize negative self-talk stop it from consuming you. Take a few minutes every day to close your eyes and focus inward on your thoughts.

If you feel negative thoughts come into view, recognize them and get them out of your mind – focus instead on positive thoughts. This simple exercise may help your mind become a benefit for your running instead of a hindrance.

[Portland Business Journal]

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