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Running for right reason

June 28, 2010

A friend told me he felt he wasn’t running for the right reason. He ran for medical reasons – to stay healthy in the future. It was the voice of his hypochondria that drove him out.

But life isn’t in the future. It’s Now. To really appreciate running we shouldn’t resist the present while projecting ourselves into the future.
You should be aware of every step. Every step is important and “already contains within itself all the other steps as well as the destination”. Best selling spiritual teacher & writer Eckhart Tolle tells us to feel the taste of Being in every breath.

He tells us to accept what is.

As a runner, as well as a human, you can be present (aware in the moment) or unconscious (occupied with the past or the future).

As you might have understood I don’t see my running as training for the future. For me it’s a joyful experience in the present. A strong feeling of being alive. What is Your reason for running?

Eckhart Tolle’s book is called “The Power of Now”. Worth reading!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2010 16:16

    Very well said! I just love to push myself to the limits and see what I can do! And I enjoy it!

    • fredrikolmqvist permalink*
      July 2, 2010 10:12

      i believe a deeper reason beyond goals will make you run in a joyful way, which you will do more than happy, making running a part of your life’s enjoyments

  2. July 8, 2010 17:07

    Silence and nature is what I enjoy the most when I run…just being alone at the top of an unknowned mountain far away from noise and troubles !

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