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This podcast contains the audio versions of the written works of Ken Lane — as found on https://kenlane.substack.com/ -- The topics range from intentional living to meditation, fitness, productivity, and much more.

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This podcast contains the audio versions of the written works of Ken Lane — as found on https://kenlane.substack.com/ -- The topics range from intentional living to meditation, fitness, productivity, and much more.

    The Mindfulness Practice of Trail Running

    The Mindfulness Practice of Trail Running

    The Mindfulness Practice of Trail Running

    as found at kenlane.substack.com

    Repetitious clomping, panting and gasping along the unforgiving pavement, my feet quickly leap from the sidewalk as though falling from a long day into bed onto the dirt trail drizzled with tired pine needles. The trees greet me along the singletrack and welcome me into their world—wishing me farewell in a single wave as one would wave at train passengers.

    The trail narrows, making me feel like a bullet in a rifle barrel. Pace becomes subjective. The limbs silently cheer me forward as my only spectators through the wilderness.

    My eyes scan my future—charting courses through the rocks, roots, trunks, limbs, drops, and berms. They send instructions to my legs faster than consciousness can grasp. Messages arrive just before the next foot falls. Just as the mind speaks to the feet, the feet respond with progress reports about every step. Lean in, dial back. This ankle is solid, but that ankle needs help. Stop, go, pivot, dig in, ease off, climb, drop, slow down, let'er rip. The conservation never ceases.

    If depression involves suffering past trauma and anxiety is triggered by rumination of the future, there is no room for these in the mind while dashing through the forest. To dwell anywhere but in the moment would result in a dropped call between the mind and legs—spelling one spilled in the dirt and bramble.

    Running through the less-manicured wilderness is as much a practice for the direction of the mind as much as it is the body. A practice of or practice for what? For present existance. Contentment with the current batch of air in one’s lungs without pondering the breath that came before it or the one that will come after it. The past breath belongs to the forest and the next breath is not promised.

    The past is gone. The future is not here. This breath and this step are all that exist. Enjoy them and put them to good use.

    • 2 min
    Gamifying Productivity and Avoiding Burnout for Asynchronous Workers

    Gamifying Productivity and Avoiding Burnout for Asynchronous Workers

    You can read this essay at https://kenlane.substack.com/p/gamifying-productivity-and-avoiding

    • 5 min
    Laundry in the Coal Mine

    Laundry in the Coal Mine

    From post: https://kenlane.substack.com/p/laundry

    • 2 min
    How Is This the Best Thing That’s Happened to Me?

    How Is This the Best Thing That’s Happened to Me?

    How could a difficult situation actually be the best thing that's ever happened to you?

    Original article: https://www.thekenlane.com/best-thing

    • 8 min
    Becoming Besties With Death

    Becoming Besties With Death

    You know it to yourself to become besties with Death. 

    Written version here: https://www.thekenlane.com/becoming-besties-with-death/

    • 7 min
    How to Design Your Inner Role Models

    How to Design Your Inner Role Models

    Learn how to design inner role models that understand your motivations to help you better live up to your potential.

    Full written version: https://www.thekenlane.com/inner-role-models/

    • 13 min