A Runner's Thoughts: Remember it is possible to begin a meditation run, walk or movement in another way simply by stepping on to the side walk, the street, the track, the path, a treadmill and putting one foot in front of the other. In fact, the simplicity of this is one of the great joys of moving!
A Runner's Thoughts: “Fear is something I try not to absorb.” (Mark E. Smith) And remember love casts out fear!
A Runner's Thoughts: “If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.” (Priscilla Welch) So to in the spiritual life…If you want to be a person of faith start today so you don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can.
A Runner’s Thoughts: Here are some words to ponder and perhaps even live by from Paul Maurer’s book, The Gift – A Runner’s Story. “Running isn't a sport for pretty boys...It's about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. It’s the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It's about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It's about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It's about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there's not a single soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you've finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that's all that you can ask for.”
While Mr. Maurer is talking about running it is a great example, image of what the journey of faith is about too!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “It is distance, not speed, that holds the answers. The reward comes with crossing and confronting the boundaries of fatigue.” (John Bingham) So to in the spiritual life reward comes from the journey of faith!
A Runner's Thoughts: “When people ask me why I run, I tell them, there’s not really a reason, it’s just the adrenaline when you start, and the feeling when you cross that finish line.” (Courtney Parsons) So transform an ordinary run, walk or movement through life another way into a sacred movement by bringing to it a sense of God presence in you!
A Runner's Thoughts: “Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” (Marilyn vos Savant) Remember it is your intention that sets you apart from every other runner, walker or mover through life another way. So today and every day have the intention of life and the willingness to celebrate the gift of life with every step of your run, walk or move in another way.
A Runner's Thoughts: “Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” (Marilyn vos Savant) So imagine that as you stretch your muscles before you run, walk or move through life another way that you are also stretching your spirit and giving it the flexibility it needs to engage God. Make each stretch a simple prayer!
A Runner's Thoughts: “Don’t aim at success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the byproduct of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you live to see in the long run—in the long run, I say! —success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.” (Viktor Frankl)
A Runner's Thought: Remember if you run, walk or move in another way towards God, God runs, walks or moves in another way twice as fast towards you. Thus, to draw closer to God it is only necessary to move in God's direction!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!