Monday, December 13, 2010
Body integration. This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn't mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?
Okay, this is completely ironic because the one time I feel the most integrated with my body, is doing the one of the things I least enjoy. Running.
And maybe that's why I have this love-hate relationship with it? I hate it, mostly because I suck at it. I'm not yet in that place where I can just enjoy it and run with other people. However I know the value of running to a healthy life. I know it is good for both the body and mind.
The one thing that gets me through it is being in-the-moment. In-the-moment, reflecting on what it is I am doing right then and there. It usually includes remembering 5 years ago whatever I'm doing right now wasn't physically possible and that I never will take it for granted. I listen to the sound of my breathing and rhythm of my feet hitting the pavement and in a flash I'm present. I swear it makes me run more efficiently and faster when I'm consciously thinking about what my body is doing. It's how I made it through the last 3 miles of my race yesterday while hurting.
Being present while running affords me the opportunity appreciate more of the things which are always visible, but rarely seen or heard because we're always rushing here and there. I hear everything, birds, bugs, wind through the trees. I notice things... flowering weeds, cracks in pavement.
It's guess why I keep going back to running. Feeling that whole mind/body integration is good for me.
Next year I want to continue my love-hate relationship with running, in hopes that the love becomes greater than the hate. :)
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