Sunday, May 1, 2011

A short reflection on the experience of running

The experience of running is integral to our existence. It’s not some painful, injurious pathology of our youth that makes us less vital or worn out in old age, as some would have us believe. On the contrary, it’s one of the experiences that makes us all more vital in body and mind at any age. The direct experience of running puts us in touch with what is real, right now, in this moment--if we let it. If we go through the motions, we can still gain from running, but we sell ourselves short. Through experience comes wisdom, but experience doesn’t come from going through the motions while our minds are elsewhere or willfully distracted from our senses. It comes from being fully engaged with our senses. So, pay attention and run. Learn from the experience every time you do it.

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