A Runner’s Thoughts: “...the real purpose of running isn’t to win a race. It’s to test the limits of the human heart.” (Without Limits) We can say this about most things that we do, running, walking or moving through life another way. Anything that challenges us especially being a person of faith…
A Runner’s Thoughts: Breath is usually expressed in Greek as pneuma, which can also mean air, wind, or spirit. In Hebrew ruah is translated as breath, but it can also mean creative energy or life-giving force. As we run, walk or move through life another way, let us have an awareness of our breath as spirit, as our capacity to bring God into our being as we take in oxygen into our lungs. If we see each breath this way, we will begin to allow our runs, walks or movements through life another way, to become prayer! (Adapted from Running the Spiritual Path by Roger Joslin
A Runner’s Thoughts: If we become meditative, prayerful runners, walkers or movers through life another way then we will be fortunate enough to find ways that refresh our bodies, our minds and renew our spirits, thus we might say we will be born again with every new run, walk or movement through life another way!
A Runner's Thoughts: As we run, walk or move through life another way today let us choose the road less traveled: the road of awareness, the road of revelation, the road of intention, the road of mindfulness, the road of imagination, the road of joy, the road of prayer. Today let's pick a road we have not traveled lately and let it make a difference in our life today!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “There is only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.” (Vince Lombardi) Thus when we run, walk or move through life another way, in a spiritual way, we are brought into the process of God-ing. Meaning as we run, walk or move through life another way, we are not moving toward God but interacting with God along the way. Our run, walk or movement through life another way, becomes a direct physical, emotional and spiritual way of becoming who we are, our authentic selves. In the process we open vast and unlimited opportunities to connect with God in new, life giving ways!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” (Lou Holtz) Running, walking or moving through life another way can become a tool that helps us deal with the difficulties that we face. It can be a time to release the negative energies in our life. It can be a time to let go and let God!
A Runner’s Thoughts: As we run, walk or move through life another way today let us receive God’s blessings through every breath we take. We breathe in the presence of God and we exhale all our struggles, all our faults, all our failings. With each breath let us allow God to create something new within us as we move through life. Enlivening us with the breath of life, the breath of grace, the breath of God!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “The time is always right to do what is right.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
A Runners' Thoughts: Remember if we have the desire to run, walk or move through life another way with God, then the specifics of the techniques used do not matter very much just keep hold of the desire and God will be with you!
A Runner's Thoughts: Remember the little miracles of God that we encounter during a run, a walk or a movement through life another way are not because we finish but are because we find the courage to begin!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!