Running and spirituality

Spirituality and Running: 5 Simple Steps to Connect With Wisdom On Your Runs

I gotta admit.

On days like yesterday, when I took the above photo, it’s not always easy to go out for my #morningrun.

I’d often rather stay inside, swaddled in my sweats, drinking morning coffee.

But the reason I go out is because running has become a part of my morning routine that connects me with something bigger than myself

I no longer run to train my body.

I run to free my soul.

Over the last 4 years, I’ve experimented with combining running with several meditations and visualizations to help me practice liberation. I’ll share several of these over the weeks to come.

For now, you can find one of my favourites below:

Running With Wisdom Meditation

Here is a process I use to help me connect with wisdom on my runs.

STEP 1: ASK

I’ve noticed that there are some questions my rational brain can’t answer. Life’s bigger questions that our rational mind tends to get stuck on. Whenever I find myself rehashing the same problem over and over, or trying to solve that same problem by eating my way through a bag of chips, I know it’s time to tap into another way of knowing.

To start, I write my question down. Powerful questions include:

  • How can I live courageously today?
  • How can I be of service?
  • What’s the next best step I can take to live my purpose?

STEP 2: RUN

After asking, I lace up.

I put the question out of my mind and head out the door. I listen to music, stare at the lake, feel the wind on my face and let my 5 senses take me away.

STEP 3: NOTICE

Almost without fail, at some point during my run, after my legs and a cocktail of holy hormones transported me elsewhere, I get some insight.

An image of inspiration, an emotional release or a deep in-my-bones feeling of knowing.

We all experience these whispers of wisdom throughout our day. The thing we need to get better at is hearing them. For more tips on how to listen to wisdom, read this blog.

STEP 4: TRUST

Training myself to trust the wisdom I get on my runs is, for me, often the the hardest step. I’ll always experience a deep knowing of “Yes, this is it! This is the road to take,” only to find my rational brain talking myself out of it by the end of the day.

The way to trust is to acknowledge the duelling dance that will always come between the part of us that knows the way and the part of us that is shit-ass scared of it.

STEP 5: ACT

Wisdom wants action!

After trusting, the next step is take some action in the outside world in alignment with whatever wisdom I receive. Generally this takes herculean levels of courage on my part but with practice it gets easier!

And I’ve noticed that the more I act on my wisdom the mores she talks to me.

With the above practice it doesn’t matter how far or how fast you run. If running’s not your bag, try it with cycling or dancing or swimming. Give it a go and let me know how it works for you.

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