I’ve had a productive few weeks, since the turn of the year. Time has flown by and whilst I wonder where it has gone, I’ve been pleased with how I’ve filled my time. In no particular order of the things that I’ve learnt, done, enjoyed, been grateful for:
Altered Traits (as above) was a very enjoyable read all about the potential changes in our brain that can and in some instances do occur post a meditation practice. The authors do a very good job of unpicking lots of science, looking to clarify the difference between a changed “state” – something that happens, but isn’t lasting and “trait” where the change is permanent. The clearly delineate the differences in meditation practices (loving kindness vs attention being one) Something that really resonated with me were the thoughts around meditation for children:
“It’s remarkable how little consideration goes to strengthening attention in children, especially because childhood offers a long period of opportunity for growth in the brain’s circuitry, and aded help might strengthen those circuits, The science of cultivating attention is quite robust, so the path to accomplishing this aim is within our reach. ” (pp280-281)
Nice to read about the science behind meditation being pushed in a practical and useful direction, however the reality is, that effective changes are unlikely to be seen in any mainstream education practice in the UK soon.
BtM runners has grown – now a small group of 4 with another potential member. Track on Tuesday was really enjoyable, James flying through 200s and Chris looking stronger and more consistent in his running this month. My own running has gone well – finally to a point where I am fit and healthy and can begin to train more effectively.
Qualifying as a UK Athletics Coach was very pleasing last Friday. The Serpentine kids were great, the session went well and now I’ll move onto 800’s with the Tuesday junior group and potentially the next UK athletics course.
I’ve entered below: https://www.manaslutrailrace.org/ which I’m looking forward to no end. Month after London and justifies the strength work I’m going to focus on for the next 3 months.
Going into the sea on a few occasions, being joined by Dan & Fiona a real treat. Talking through slowing exhales and embracing the cold really effective at allowing Fi to settle, relax and grow into the experience. Hopefully a new year round practice for us all. If you can get in during January there is no reason not to get in at all.
I am a Runner has started well – some really inspiring conversations, surprises and moving moments. I’m going to thoroughly enjoy pursing this for as long as it goes.