In you live in my village, you will have definitely seen me at some point on my 5k jog round the block. I never look forward to jogging but ALWAYS feel better when I have finished – energised and ready for the day.
Today I tried something different. I listened to my favourite music using earphones. Why haven’t I tried this before? Earphones never stay in my ears. I must have been made differently from other members of the human tribe – some kind of design fault? I have tried sticking the earphones to my ears but the cellotape gets caught in my hair. I bought myself a sports headband but it was too tight and gave me a headache. Today I decided to give it a go with a “neckerchief” I bought recently. So here are my conclusions about the pros and cons of listening to music while jogging!
Less aware of my environment eg cars
Past lots of people seeing me look very silly – needed to pull neckerchief right over my ears (see photo!)
Couldn’t hear what people were saying as I past them – hopefully it was just “hi” – I just smiled politely!
Didn’t notice the beauty of the day and the nature around me
Will I listen to music again? Yes, but not every day.
I realised that my jogging time is also like a meditation. A time to be with my thoughts and feelings. There are so many distractions in life without adding more. As a culture we don’t create time for being – just allowing thoughts to arise without judgement.
Being present with thoughts and feelings that are unpleasant without trying to fix them and push them away creates space in ones mind.
How do you create space for yourself in your life when you are simply present with yourself?