Archives for the month of: October, 2013

Through Your Leaves Breathe Out the Sky | Words by Daniel Beaudry, photo by Mary Marcdante

Presence: "Turn off, tune up, drop in" while exercising -  photo by Mary Marcdante

Finding and feeling the incredible power of presence in the middle of a run, walk, or hike, especially in nature, seems like it should be a no-brainer. You’re gliding along in the moment, even in the midst of aches and pains, appreciating the beauty, soaking in the joy of moving your body. Or are you?

If you’re attached to listening to your iPod or portable music listening device while you’re exercising, think again according to Sage Rountree, yoga teacher and sports endurance coach. Sage’s suggestion to do the opposite of counterculture icon Timothy Leary’s mantra “Turn on, tune in, drop out” and instead “Turn off, tune up, drop in” is a much healthier and safer alternative.

Moms pushing buggies up Torrey Pines hill
Easier said than done for me. Maybe for you too? My drug of choice is walking the trails and beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve. If I’m by myself I’m usually listening to a spiritual or inspirational self-help audio book or music to get myself up the 45 degree angle hill while watching others stroll or run up the road. On my next walk I’m following Sage’s advice. Stay tuned for what I discover and let me know what your experience has been in the comment box below.

Here’s Sage’s suggestion for “Dropping In” — a great way to maximize the power of Presence.

“Dropping in is the ultimate association. It’s bringing your awareness and attention to what you are experiencing in the immediate moment. Do you feel intensity? Where? Go right to that place — drop your focus into it. Is there pain in your body? Can you investigate that and watch it as it shifts, growing stronger or lessening? When you are tempted to quit — to drop out — try instead embracing the experience in all its messy intensity. Drop in.”

Read more at Mental Tips: Turn Off, Tune Up, Drop In – Competitor Running by yoga teacher and sports endurance coach Sage Rountree.