Posts Tagged ‘running thoughts’

     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!


On the eve of the new year I was thinking of the song “New Years Day” by U2 when I was out for a run. Didn’t seem to original of a thought. Seemed fitting for the day, no big deal I suppose. “Nothing changes on New Years Day” were the lyrics that kept floating through my head. I left it at that, finished my run and went about my day. Later in the evening I was struck with the thought “How could Bono write such lyrics?”. Everything changes all the time. I know this is true. Nothing stays the same I thought. Hmm….. Just me over thinking perhaps, I left it at that. I know writers often write so brilliantly that there can be many meanings to anything. All writings are subjected to ones own interpretations in many ways. Their art becomes your art with your way of seeing it. Ok, so that was that.

I was up before the dawn at 4:45am wide awake. Not much change there, that was the usual. I was thinking I could use some more sleep. I didn’t get all that much and it was interupted by the midnight celebrations. So I tossed and turned for a bit. More sleep wasn’t going to happen. I was to get up and listen to the answers to my unanswered inqueries of the night before.

Then they came like the celebration at midnight fast and furious my pencil barely able to keep up with the thoughts. I wrote them and now I reiterate them to you:

Nothing changes on New Years Day.

Of course not!

Nothing which is the void of something never really changes.

Nothing which is space is every where.

This is a good thing that nothing changes.

Something  which is everything that is not nothing, changes on new years day!

Everything that is something changes on everyday,every minute every second and every moment.

You are something as is everything.

We are in a constant state of change as is everything.
Embracing change which is what always is. It is a natural and accurate way to see the truth of nature and our nature. Proceed with courage into the uncertainty of the unknown. I wish you all the best of health and wellness into and throughout this New Year!