Mindfulness, Zen and Workouts
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.
GREATER GOOD MAGAZINE Good Science Center at UC Berkley
Is this something we need to apply to our workouts? Will it improve the quality of our workouts? Do we deliberately create distractions or do we allow distractions to creep in?
There is some emphasis placed on using music to "help us get through" our workouts with long list of ideal playlists for different styles of music, upbeat, vocal, instrumental or specific genera i.e. pop, country, Christian, 80"s, 90"s even classical. Using headphones to pipe in music is a created distraction. The use of TVs in workout spaces are distractions which we allow to creep in.
Are these things distancing us from the sights and sounds around us or how our bodies are moving and functioning and destroying our sense of mindfulness? Are we degrading our workouts by allowing these distractions to take us away from what we are trying to accomplish? The principles of Zen, such as expressed in "Zen in the Art of Archery" would have us concentrating on the very essence of what we are doing to gain the maximum benefit from the activity.
I am of the opinion that reducing the distractions and using the Zen approach and mindfulness will give us the best quality workouts. Questions or comments?