Exercise your attention!
There are beautiful images to be found everywhere. A dancing tree in the wind, making it’s music, talking to you; a tree with bright red leaves like sleeping exotic birds waiting for their loved ones to come and save them; every little flower – the shapes, colors, the composition. Every silently falling leaf and the many intriguing sounds of the forest. During trail running in nature you will notice a few things but it’s almost impossible to really hear and see the less evident while moving. However running can take you to places where you can exercise your attention. The first 40 minutes you will probably be occupied with thoughts. It’s normal. But you will come to a point when you are ready for a higher awareness. This is when you can stop and listen, and watch, and feel. This when your attention sharpens, when your gaze focuses, when your hear many, many things. You will see how the light falls, how it transforms and revives objects. You will start seeing shapes of shades everywhere and reflections, like the ones moving on cars when you pass them, or in windows, or on wet surfaces. Stay there! Dig deep!
So look out for glitter and lustre. Look out for falling leaves. Look out for dark chocolate mud! Look out for the sensation of flying as you jump over a wet log! Look out for the moments to come; where you put your feet; where you put your thoughts; where you put your energy…
This is what I’m talking about. There is a bliss, a very beautiful bliss, in running with awareness. That’s how you can make your runs even more interesting and inspiring. Every run can be inspiring. Beautiful. Amazing. Fantastic. Afterwards you can keep that feeling, you can stay attentive. You can watch things with the same peaceful, joyful inner smile. Being is amazing. Running can actually help you discover and appreciate that. So, next time you run, try to exercise your attention instead of pushing and pulling yourself towards some “goal” or by sheer habit. You might have noticed that I never use the term “work-out”, which I think implies something that is only physical. Run free instead, and stop and listen when you feel like it and watch! Indulge the beauty of Being!