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Still Running

The Art of Meditation in Motion

Vanessa Zuisei Goddard



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Shambhala Publications Inc
11 November 2020
Learn how to bring the power of stillness into your running practice with meditations, guidance, and inspiration from a long-time runner and Zen practitioner.

When we see running solely as exercise and focus on improving our times, covering a certain number of miles, or losing weight, we miss the deeper implications of this art. We miss the opportunity to take up running as a practice that bridges the apparent gap between stillness and movement, meditation and activity.

Moving away from the limited definition of running as fitness training, Vanessa Zuisei Goddard combines her decade of experience leading running retreats with her two-decade practice of Zen to offer insight, humor, and practical suggestions for grounding your running, or any physical practice, in meditation. Whether you are a new or experienced runner, you will learn how to be more embodied through thirteen running practices to help improve your focus and running form. Using mantras and visualizations, as well as a range of other exercises, Goddard offers ways to practice running as a moving meditation with an eye toward bringing the power of stillness to all the activities in your life. Ultimately, Still Running is a book about freedom, ease, and the joy of movement; it's about the power of stillness and learning how to use that power to live wholeheartedly.
By:   Vanessa Zuisei Goddard
Imprint:   Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
Weight:   368g
ISBN:   9781611808193
ISBN 10:   1611808197
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   11 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

VANESSA ZUISEI GODDARD Sensei is an author and lay Zen teacher in the Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO) of Zen Buddhism. In 2018 she received dharma transmission (authorization to teach) from Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Roshi, head of the MRO and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. For the last ten years, Zuisei has been leading retreats and workshops to teach running as a form of moving meditation and as a tool to increase focus, awareness, and presence. She can be found at

Reviews for Still Running: The Art of Meditation in Motion

During my peak ultrarunning years, I started to see the long hours on the trail as a practice of something deeper than solely logging miles. Running became my vehicle to explore the connection between body and mind, and ultimately a deeper sense of my being. In Still Running, Vanessa Zuisei Goddard vividly guides us on a journey of moving into stillness, escorting us on a path of transferring those road and trail miles to our daily lives. --Scott Jurek, ultramarathon champion, New York Times bestselling author of North and Eat and Run This is a lovely and unusual book, a book that speaks about the spiritual and meditative aspects of running. I enjoyed reading this book, which contains engaging mindfulness practices that can be applied not just to running but to seated meditation and many other activities in life. These practices will help the reader develop the most important aspect of spiritual practice, deep inner stillness, which becomes a reliable source of stability and ease in all aspects of life. The writing is fresh, succinct, inspiring, and laced with insights from the author's three decades of running and two decades of intensive Zen practice. --Jan Chozen Bays, author of Mindful Eating and Mindfulness on the Go

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