Stretching deep into every muscle from nose to tail, each trying to run faster than the other. Splashing and pounding the sand, breathing deeply, these two are fully present in their bodies and in the elements around them. No thoughts distracting their focus, they are the embodiment of mindful motion.
Mindfulness needn’t be all stillness and silence, and just like the dogs we can run free and wild with the wind in our hair, mindfully inhabiting our bodies. Any movement can be practiced with attention, and a focus on the senses, and this is the heart of mindful living. Moving and breathing with awareness and passion, instead of sleep walking through our lives on autopilot. Walking, swimming, yoga, singing, surfing, cooking, painting and gardening are all perfect examples of active, movement based mindfulness, which can help to pull us out of our thinking minds and back into our bodies and the sensory world around us. And that sensory world is the gateway to less stressful living. Living from the heart and the body, instead of the worry filled mind.
See if you can find your version of wave running this week!