I’ve been running lately, thanks to that group of dear friends you know who you are, who are challenging me to Fitbit challenges. I’ve got a love/hate relationship with running, I hate it in every which way but loves the happiness it gives me, how it makes me feel about myself and I love how my body responds to the work.
Here are 5 joys running has given me this month:
It makes my sleep AMAZZZINGGG… I dream well, I sleep soundly and I fall asleep fast! Sometimes, as soon as my head hits the pillow, I’m out. A massage therapist once told me once about the pineal gland, and how if you clean it out with a short juice fast you begin to dream better.. which leads me to my next point …
My dreams are as interesting and vivid as good movies. Perhaps the fact that I’m running and pushing my body to metabolize quickly; push blood through my body faster, process oxygen quicker, make my heart step out of its box, etc. is in a way cleansing my body, battling against dull/slow/groggy movement of blood? Maybe my pineal gland, some say responsible for vivid dreams, is getting cleaned out in the process? I don’t know, but I like it.
It reminds me I’m strong. The strength the body feels when it’s pushing to the limits reminds me of my inner strength. It reminds me I can do anything I put my mind to.
It makes me very sharp. My brain, my eyesight, my speed .. all is quicker, it’s “revving” like an engine of a sports car or something. I feel as though I can do something quickly, with a good quality, I’m “all there” .. as opposed to groggy or slow … which brings me to my last point …
It keeps me in the moment. Running forces me to stay in the present moment. I’m focused on the step of that very second, so even though thoughts can come into my mind during my run, I practice, successfully, how to stay in the moment, and enjoy the health I have today.
Do you run? What’s been your experiences with running?
Try it. It’s only 30 days. It’s not a large time commitment either. The steps are very simple. Basically you are practicing gratitude, counting your blessings, focusing on what is meaningful in your life, building relationships, exercising your body and fostering your spiritual health.
What do you think of this? Is it a load of crap? Will you be trying it?
If you’re stuck, facing a problem, annoyed, frustrated or upset, there’s a solution. Perspective. Time. Productivity.
And you get all those things when you take a walk outside for at least half an hour every single day. Taking a walk breaks up your day, gives you a boost of health & perspective so that you may go back and solve a problem a different way.
Chemicals secreted from trees, leaves, bushes and plants mingle in the atmosphere and as we inhale them, our bodies get a boost of oxygen and as a result… Energy. This is what makes us more productive when we go back to work.
Also taking breaks is important. Time away from our tasks recharge our brain so we can concentrate better, perform better and live happier lives.
How much do you walk in a day? How much do you walk in a week? Do you feel you walk enough?
Stealing’s not right, in fact, it’s a criminal offence. but not when it comes to creative thinking or good work. In fact, the best creations have evolved from other creations.
The photographer takes a beautiful picture of the sunset. Did he create that vision? Perhaps not. He borrowed it from nature. Some would say he stole it from nature. But the photographer created his interpretation of what already exists, and that is his work.
So create your version of what already exists.
Here are some tips on how best to steal:
What do you think about the above infographic? How do you feel about “stealing” to create a new creative work?