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I run. I do it equally for both the mental as well as physical benefit. I have been reading about meditation during moments of the day as a way to relax the mind. Would the counting off of exercise reps be considered "mindful" moments similar to those of breath awareness during meditation?

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I personally think they would be. Running as well. I used to run as a youth and remember how beneficial it was in every way. I'd like to run today, but my knees prevent that. But I still walk. And when I walk I most definitely contemplate things.

Anything can be mindful. In Indian (Hindu) philosophy there's this idea of "karma yoga." What that means is that we can connect to the higher source (God, if you will) while being active. There are other types of meditation, for sure. But I see "karma yoga" as being appropriate for many people, especially those interested in integrating all aspects of the human condition.

Here's a few related pieces I've written... http://earthpages.wordpress.com/?s=karma+yoga  

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I'd prefer to answer questions from seekers rather than those wishing to get into in an academic debate. I do, however, have a considerable degree of scholarly knowledge that may be applied to the inherent complexities - or simplicities - of the contemplative life. But the key word here is "applied."

I tend to agree with these sentiments as expressed by the woman writer on mysticism, Evelyn Underhill:

"Now meditation is a half-way house between thinking and contemplating: and as a discipline, it derives its chief value from this transitional character."

Source: Practical Mysticism: A little book for normal people (1914), p. 46.

Moreover, I strongly believe that all persons possess an essential individuality--not just a superficial, conceptual or constructed sense of individuality. So if you're looking to lose your essential self in 'nothingness,' please ask another expert. I don't believe in that idea.

Experience

I began to meditate in the 1980s. I did hatha yoga and studied and taught Tai Chi. I then lived in India for two years where meditation was a way of life. Although my methods have changed over the years in keeping with my personal development, I still consider myself a contemplative person.

Publications
Print Media:
My table from "Religions and Cults" at earthpages.org is reproduced with permission in L. Lindsey, S. Beach and B. Ravelli, Core Concepts in Sociology, 2nd ed., p. 157

World Wide Web:
My online article "Letter to God" coauthored with Buddhist monk, E. Raymond Rock, appears on several different spirituality-based websites, including http://tinyurl.com/db7a5o

I've interviewed, as a Christian, a self-proclaimed mystic: http://tinyurl.com/cawykr

My articles appeared at the former New View magazine nuvunow.ca and are published at earthpages.org.

Education/Credentials
Ph.D. in Religious Studies
M.A. in Comparative Religion
B.A. Hon. in Psychology/Sociology
For more info, please see my CV and letters of recommendation and my blog at michaelwclark.com.

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