I’m Laurie Shiers and years ago, I began running as a way to burn off my negativity and disappointment. Though I didn’t know it at the time, I was depressed, and movement was the only release that worked. Thanks to many miles on the road, I got super fit, let go of a lot of anxious energy, and discovered that it was possible to reach a state where my mind was clearer and calmer. Running became my passion, and to date I’ve completed 11 marathons and countless shorter races. But it wasn’t until I began studying with a meditation teacher that I discovered I was only half way there.
I found that if I learned how to build my attention, focus, and global body awareness while I ran, my running experience was transformed. And after that, it spilled over into every aspect of my life.
Chances are if you run, too, it’s not just to stay in shape. On a good day, after one mile or five, your mind settles down to create, problem-solve, and meander. And the fact is that running in and of itself can be a terrific stress reliever. But if all you’re doing is hitting the road while your everyday mind is running the show, you’re not even coming close to your potential. Just ask my husband, UCLA MARC Mindfulness Meditation expert Brian Shiers. With an undergraduate degree in kinesiology / exercise science and a master’s in psychology, Brian’s worked with law enforcement, the UCLA women's varsity PAC-10 champion volleyball teams, and thousands of us regular folk to strengthen the mind / body connection and develop the invaluable skill of attention. Together we created Meditation on the Run.
This guided mindfulness meditation in motion is the result of extensive research, trial and error, and our personal passion for optimizing wellness. MOTR is the only authentic Evidenced-Based Mindfulness Meditation program for runners of all levels that teaches how to consciously tune your mind while training your body. It’s a hard-working hybrid that combines rhythmic physical exercise with specific mind training which dramatically magnifies beneficial physical and mental states. In as little as 15 minutes a couple times a week – using your own running regimen - you’ll develop a deeper awareness that will lead to greatly improved responses to all of life’s stresses, and a deepened perspective that remains long after you’ve finished pounding the pavement. And don't worry: Meditation on the Run isn't meant to replace running with your favorite music! Use the meditation to train your awareness, and then watch how much more energy you get from the music you enjoy.
By Sandy Campanella
I am not exaggerating in any way when I tell you that MOTR has had a HUGE affect on me. It has reminded me to be present. I get so busy sometimes that my head moves on to the next task. Everything felt like a task. Now, I am constantly checking in with myself, my own internal bell, if you will. MOTR has made me better at everything I do and I feel less stressed. Thank you!
I started running again this last February. I have always been active doing one thing or another, but never really stick with any one thing. I have swam on my high school and college swim teams, hiked the Grand Canyon ten times and Mount Whitney as well. Joined the Los Angeles Derby Dolls and recently started running hills and am training for my first triathalon. I purchased Meditation On The Run as a way to push through the difficult runs better. What I learned about myself turned out be much more interesting than pushing through difficult runs. I have a sentence in my mind when things get tough that goes “I HATE THIS. I AM NEVER DOING IT AGAIN AFTER THIS. I QUIT.” The meditation allowed me to observe that thought and take notice at how powerful that thought has been in my life. The Meditation On The Run mp3 has been an extraordinary tool. I usually quit most things I start about six months into them. This awareness of this thought along with all the other thoughts that go on during a run just make up an experience. The good, the bad, the ugly. Thank you, Meditation On The Run, for shedding some light on some things that are not just about running.A Wonderful Addition to Anyone’s Playlist
By Dove Rose
I have been in the fitness industry for over two decades and I have seen a lot of fads and gimmicks come and go. This concept is so amazingly simple and ingenious at the same time I had to take a moment and share my thoughts. I feel that this is one of those rare products that embraces the true meaning of health and wellness. It is about more than just working your body and it is about more than just meditating. They have successfully married the two together and it shows in the final product. It is a seamless experience of mindful support during your run along with a thread of mindfulness to you breath and your thoughts. I am happy to find a product that I can stand behind and recommend to my clients. This is a quality recording of quality material that will take your workouts to the next level while integrating meditation into your day. Buy this, you won’t regret it!A must-have download for any runner!
By Ginna Ladd
I have been a competitive runner for years, and run races both on roads and trails. I have very little experience with meditation or yoga, but was so pleasantly surprised and impressed with this workout routine! I was very skeptical of the idea but found I took to it pretty quickly. I was able to get into a different zone than I am used to. My run went by quickly, and I was amazed by how easily I was able to calm my mind and thinking down (which can often be difficult for me). I was able to combine the demanding physical part of the run with calming thoughts and breathing. Pretty remarkable! I would recommend this download to anyone! The narration was soothing and easy to follow and the workout went by quickly. Runner or not, download this album!Awesome!!
A really interesting way to help you focus and unwind. I run to escape and clear my head and this takes it to another level. It’s worth giving it a shot.'
Meditation On The Run is a guided audio program you listen to while you run, whether you jog around the neighborhood or are training for a marathon. Step-by-step instructions guide you to develop attention, proprioception, and self-awareness so that coming into the present moment is as natural as catching a ball or playing a musical instrument.
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