Often I see people putting on earphones and zoning out, trying to either numb their mind or distract themselves until their body is done running. Of course, I cannot be too critical of this technique, as some runners get into incredible shape this way. Music can be motivating. It can invigorate us, bringing our mind in tune with our body. In this way, music makes a powerful and inspiring tool. At the same time, music can be used as a way of disguising our workout—taking our attention far away from what we are doing. In this case, music becomes a source of distraction. So while at times music can seem helpful, ultimately it challenges our ability to be present and embodied.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. “Running With the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind.”