What are the moments I appreciate most in my day?
During my short run this morning, I reflected on this question. With an upcoming race this Saturday, I should rest and feel little/no desire to go out running and embrace the "tapering" instead. So why do I feel most at peace running?
I know the answer already of course. I am attuned to the fact that running is not at all about racing, performance, training, physical fitness for me.
I often loosely referred to running as my meditation practice. But today, possibly for the first time, I consciously realized and appreciated that it actually is.
Being fully absorbed in the running movement of my body, particularly when running outdoors in nature, is a fulfilling way for me to witness the flow of passing moments. Without the need to interfere, I do not have to fill those moments with anything else except for just being, with no thoughts.
What else in my daily life do I appreciate with the same intensity and lose myself in?
Only few things as it turns out:
- Hugging my kids first thing in the morning and last thing at night before they fall asleep
- Holding hands with Lidia
- Moments of silent meditation, reflection.
- Moments of engaged listening and learning
Yes, this list is too short.
There is an infinite amount of moments in my day that I can claim back instead of filling them with mostly passing thoughts of the past or future.