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Lions Roar : May 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2012 21 Likewise, it is unlikely that we are going to attain enlightenment by running, even though some have tried. It is not a matter of choosing what is better—exercising the mind or exercising the body. Rather, these activities go hand in hand. We need to exercise both our body and our mind. The nature of the body is form and substance. The nature of the mind is consciousness. Because the body and mind are different by nature, what benefits them is different in nature as well. The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness. When we give our mind and body what benefits them, we experience a natu- ral harmony and balance. With this unified approach, we are happy, healthy, and wise. Like many who run, I run for health as well as joy. There is a deeper mean- ing, which has to do with my intention. I believe that with pure intention, you can bring almost any activity onto your spiritual path. My intention in running is to benefit others. Thus running is a con- tinuation of my spiritual journey. With a powerful mind, if we intend our run to be for the welfare of others, then it is. Con- versely, if we turn our meditation into a completely selfish pursuit, that is exactly what it will be. In either activity it is our own intention that determines whether the result is ordinary or extraordinary. Ideally, our daily routine will include both exercise and meditation. Mind training can help us be undistracted dur- ing physical activity. At the same time, it allows us to develop the skill of being gentle and firm with ourselves. For medi- tators—or anyone pursuing knowledge— exercise helps keep the body from becom- ing a nuisance. When we’re not feeling pain or discomfort, our intellectual work takes less effort. Ultimately, both the mind and the body are something we should cherish. The body is the magical horse, and the mind is the magical jewel. ♦ SAKYONG MIPHAM is the spiritual leader of Shambhala, an international network of Buddhist meditation and retreat centers. He is the author of Turning the Mind Into an Ally, Ruling Your Wo r l d , and the newly released Running With the Mind of Meditation. SHAMBHALA MOUNTAIN CENTER Come breathe our mountain air on 600 acres of pine forests, gentle meadows and sweeping valleys in the northern Colorado Rockies. The Practice of Recovery: Buddhism and the 12-Steps Kevin Griffin May11-13 The Kabbalah of Writing Rabbi Rami Shapiro May11-13 Touching the Moment: Indelible Presence Acharya Dale Asrael & Cynthia Moku May16-20 Dream Yoga Andrew Holecek May17-20 Art and Contemplative Practice: The Laboratory Sue West June 1-3 Radical Responsibility: Authentic and Compassionate Leadership Acharya Fleet Maull June15-17 Running with the Mind of Meditation Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Jon Pratt, Tarah Cech & Marty Kibiloski June30-July3 Sangha Retreat Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche July 3-8 UPCOMINGPROGRAMHIGHLIGHTS|SHAMBHALAMOUNTAIN.ORG|888.788.7221 Red Feather Lakes, Colorado