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365 Days of Gratitude

12 Nov

November is in full swing and that also means social media feeds are chock full of posts professing daily thanks for the length of the month. This is a great practice, but to this I say:

Why not 365 days of thanks?

Any day is a good day to practice gratitude. We don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving creeps up on us to start acknowledging blessings big or small. Here is a post I wrote a little while back about running with gratitude that I thought would be great to recycle.

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Often, we talk about the stress relieving benefits of running. A long run or an intense workout can be just what we need to work through frustration, anxiety, or grief. It’s true that running is a (cheaper) form of therapy, but it’s not all about the endorphins or distraction. Sometimes that therapy comes in the powerful form of positive affirmation that the act of running can magnify. Acknowledgement of life’s simple pleasures and abundant gifts can lift the spirits and make our hearts (and legs) feel lighter.

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Without question, running has helped me release many burdens. Even more so, it has encouraged me to count my blessings, appreciate my body, and lift my spirit. When I run with a grateful heart, my whole experience changes. On days where blessings seems to multiply, I hold my head up higher, feel lighter on my feet, and seem to move through the miles with greater ease.

There doesn’t need to be a major celebration or event to be able to acknowledge the things we are thankful for. If I asked you to list 3 things you are grateful for in this moment, what would you say? Go ahead, do it. I’ll wait.

It can come in the form of a sunny day, a snuggle from a pet, hitting all of the green lights on the way to work, a kind gesture, coming home to your family, being in good health. It could even be a smile from another runner on the road, tip you learned from a pro athlete, a new personal record, a congratulatory handshake from a competitor at the finish line. Or maybe it’s the first run back from an injury, your feet tapping beneath you, your legs carrying you forward, the gift of mobility.

Gratitude can transform the way we run, much in the same way that it transforms our lives. When we run with gratitude, there is no such thing as a bad run. We are no longer held back by negativity or weighed down with burdens. We are light, fast, free. We become one with the road or trail, our footsteps drumming a steady beat as the miles fall away. Run with a heart of gratitude and you’ll travel further than you ever thought you could.

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Now, I challenge you to consider starting a daily practice of gratitude where you name at least one thing you are grateful for in that day. Just one. That’s all it takes.

 

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Monday Meditation: Clear your soul

16 Sep

As I was flipping through the October issue of Runner’s World, I came across this little pearl of running wisdom and had an instantaneous reaction of, “YES!”

“When you’ve had the perfect run, you’ve cleared your soul.”

– Pat Monahan, lead singer of Train

You know those kinds of runs. The kind where you head out with so much weighing on you that you feel heavy and anxious but return radiating light and peace. Somehow the run smoothed out the worry lines on your forehead, eased the tension in your body, and shed the burdens from your core. You are cleansed through your physical efforts, freed.

Running can take you on so many journeys, but the most important is the one within yourself. A run (especially a long one) can become a confessional where your truths are revealed in every step and through every breath. That suffering naturally releases as the miles tick away and you simply let go.

Yes, that is the perfect run.

Happy running!

Monday Meditation: Running is the answer

2 Sep

Here we are ending a long weekend in observation of Labor Day. I hope everyone enjoyed their last official weekend of Summer. To set the week off right, I just wanted to stop in and offer a quote to meditate on. Due to its simplicity, I’m going to leave the interpretation to you:

“For every runner who tours the world running marathons, there are thousands who run to hear the leaves and listen to the rain, and look to the day when it is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight. For them, sport is not a test but a therapy, not a trial but a reward, not a question but an answer.

Dr. George Sheehan, Getting Fit and Feeling Great

Now, get out there and run. 😉