Running is extremely important right now.
There are so many excuses to quit.
Heavy breathing, burning quads and the possibility for injury?
Please, explain the importance of running so that I can go out and expose myself to these uncomfortable forces for the greater good.
1. Running is freedom.
Take a moment to appreciate that you have the capacity to bipedal your way through this life as many others have not been offered such privilege or have had it taken away from them.
Arizona. OTF class, 2013.
While running, there is freedom to express one’s authentic spirit and to traverse the gravitational vibes of Earth’s divine presence. I seek unlimited. With this comes the mindset that allows for inclusion and transformation of any and all things.
2. Running expands the mind, not just the body.
It is a mistake to try and think less while running, unless that’s working for you now.
I think it is better to open the mind to the possibility of greater rhythm and flow.
You can really feel the energy flowing through your body this way, especially as you run tall, elbows back and behind, engaging the core, lifting knees high off the ground, and kick back with excellent glute activation.
3. Realize that the question is more important than the answer.
Maybe, let go of telling your body what to do and do more about asking about what it can do.
For example, instead of saying, “I need to run faster, I can’t do this, it hurts,” perhaps it should be more like, “what is the deeper motivational reason to keep going?” “how centered or heart-focused am I right now, can I lift my chest a little higher? “does this effort bring me genuine, healthy pride?”
I don’t mean to be rude here, but the only reason average runners stay average is because they aren’t willing to go deeper. Going deeper means confronting vulnerable areas of your psyche. While we are all vulnerable, nobody is truly average so keep reading on.
4. Energy intake must have meaning.
When I speak of energy in this case, I am referring to the type of energy you put in your mouth.
Yes, food. Elite runners understand the importance of good nutrition.
Everything has a symbolic and spiritual nature.
First, let us expand on the idea of, to have meaning. This word has been used for over 700 years and it relates strongly to, “sense.” Additionally, “the act of remembering,” and, “that which is intended to be expressed.”
Energy that is devoid of meaning has been stripped of its essence. It can be argued that it has lost some vital force that once gave it more meaning. The isolation of energy from purpose has stripped too many people of their health. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and many gut issues may arise because the foundational pillars of healthy normal function have crumbled.
Meaningless food example: refined sugar.
Refined sugar has been stripped of its original meaning which it was once symbolized by its plant form.
Now, take me back to my trip in Colombia, where I sipped on fresh raw sugarcane juice. Here, you have a different nutritional reality because the enzymes and other vital forces remain active in a fresh juice form. That’s not to say it was without a, “con,” as I’m sure it still raised my blood sugar more than needed.
Colombia inspired my nutritional adventures by offering me fresh raw sugarcane juice on this scenic lake.
Rule of thumb: food should be recognizable to its original form.
I will go on much deeper into the DNA of healthy nutrition later, so stay tuned for that.
I have a belief that survival is a deeper value than longevity. That is perhaps one reason why some people keep running day in, day out, even with nagging pains that they’re neglecting. Caution: even though pain often comes from a nagging area in the body, there are likely deeper imbalances that must be addressed.
Furthermore, boundaries must be set with relationships to yourself and others. I have been guilty of prioritizing my exercise and offering less time for other people in my life. This is an area that I am trying to improve upon.
You can be extraordinary if your mindset allows for freedom.
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