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June 13, 2008

ele-Approved Event: Shambhala Peace Day Trail Race

I often lump the running, writing and meditating into the same “things I need to do to maintain my sanity” category. I always procrastinate, and it takes every ounce of will-power that I have to strap on the sneakers or sit my butt onto the cushion or pull out the pen and paper, but once I do, I know that I’m right where I need to be. It’s not always easy to keep going when a leg cramp sets in or the words don’t come, but my meditation practice has made it easier to push the self-doubt chatter away and keep on going, no matter what. The Sakyong himself, head of the Shambhala lineage, is an avid runner, and has connected the two practices in many workshops and talks. This July 20, join the Sakyong and other runners, joggers and walkers at Shambhala Mountain Center for a 15K trail race through the Roosevelt National Forest. All proceeds from the event will go to The Konchok Foundation, a non-profit helping to rebuilt Surmang Monestary in Tibet. If you plan on going let us know—we’d love for you to blog on it.

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