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category: Sports & Recreation
published: Sep 2013
publisher: RMB | Rocky Mountain Books

Running Toward Stillness

by Stephen Legault

tagged: running & jogging, rituals & practice

In 2006 Stephen Legault experienced a period of tremendous upheaval, the result of bad decisions and a lifetime of anger and fear that left him in a deep depression, struggling to come to terms with the choices he had made. While running on a sun-dappled trail he realized that, like so many other people, he felt alone and afraid and was suffering, and that he had to do something about it. Having been toying with meditation for years and studying the teaching of the Buddha since he was a teenager, Stephen decided to address his disquiet by dedicating himself more fully to both meditation and running. By combining these two practices, he was able to more effectively address the problems in his life and bring a renewed sense of meaning, joy and creativity to the acts of spiritual contemplation and physical activity.


Illustrated throughout with the author's photographs highlighting the tranquil beauty of India, the American Southwest, Canada's West Coast and the wild landscapes of the Rocky Mountains, Running Toward Stillness is an invitation to run through the woods, along the seashore and on mountain trails in order to experience moments of sublime delight, personal insight and the healing power of the natural world.

About the Author

Stephen Legault has been a social and political activist for almost twenty years. He has founded or co-founded four conservation organizations, including a Canadian conservation group ( and has worked with various groups and associations across North America. He also has written for numerous magazines and journals on the subjects of activism and conservation. Currently he is helping ethically driven businesses create consumer activists around the issues of climate change, wilderness, waste and fair trade. He lives in Victoria, BC Canada.

Editorial Review

This is the best book about running and life that I have ever read. Full of wisdom, humour, philosophy, raw emotion and great writing. It will inspire you to hit the trails, take up meditation, and help you in the lifelong quest for happiness and fulfillment. The gorgeous photographs are an added bonus.—David R. Boyd, Adjunct Professor, Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University and author of The Environmental Rights Revolution: A Global Study of Constitutions, Human Rights, and the Environment

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