Oh jeez, I just looked at the temperature now 16 brrrrr…. degrees in Chicago.
I thought it was kinda cold out there on my run today.
It was not that big of a deal though…… Why?
Partially because I am used to running in all types of weather but, more so
because of the mindset and perceptions I choose to embrace.
First off, I never checked the temperature before I ran. I watched no scary news
that said “Bitter cold freeze, bundle up and stay inside!” With that I was open to experience it,
as it is with an open mind and an open body. Well, the open body thing I kind of made up,
that is a way I came up with to go through cold weather. You have to be loose and non-rigid when it is frigid.
I kind of vision the cold wind going through me as I put up no resistance to it. This seems to work for me, with that out of the way I can focus on my running
and the environment laid out before me. I have little time or energy to concern myself with an unecessary mindset of suffering due to
conditions that are out of my control. I adapt to nature and in return suprisingly at times nature adapts to me. The symbiotic relationship
between nature and I puts a smile on my face more times then not. A smile can can take you through many of mile.
This sort of mindset tranfers to other areas of my life. There are many situations in life out of our control. I know the ego does not like to here that.
In my experience it is not the ego that truly gives you the strength to carry on. It’s beyond the ego where the true strength to endure great feats of physical and
mental endurance exist. Life will certainly throw its fair share of trouble and difficult situations our way. Adding suffering to them, adding more pain
by thinking in negative ways only makes it worse. How many times do I have to hear ” I had a tough week I deserve to ______!”. You can fill in the blank.
I have filled in that blank with so much more pain then was ever needed for more then a decade. I have unlearned much of this and relearned to treat my body and
mind in a good positive way. Filling that blank with something good for yourself is what you deserve. Dealing with situations in the best light that you can when they occur,
rather then building them up all week then adding more pain as an avoidance of it is only creating more pain for yourself. The ego will always tell you “Stay the course… Do as I did yesterday…Why change?”
It is the small voice of reason behind this voice that is worth listening to. Build this small voice moment by moment and in time this voice will become stronger as will you!