|One of my favorite sections of trail in Shelvin Park.|
|Better than any stretch of pavement!|
|When I can run on dirt AND be with these guys? Life is good! No doubts there will be many of these runs this summer.|
Out of all the above, if and when I do start training for my October road marathon, I will most definitely want to make a good amount of time to train in nature on dirt. My trail runs are nourishment for me on so many levels. A moving meditation. It's when I'm out on the dirt trails and running through the trees and by flowing water where I feel myself come alive most fully. I hear my heart. I pray and listen. It's when I'm running on single track trail high above the earth below .. when I have views of the mountains and I can hear the birds and feel the wind... It's these kinds of runs that bring me back to myself and fill my life cup full to the rim! Being out there on the trails is one of the single most important factors in keeping this mind body spirit of mine healthy and thriving. So, that is something I will not compromise when I train for another road marathon. My body, mind, spirit all agree.
This morning on Facebook, my friend Jessica (always love her insights) posted something about how her and her kids each made an affirmation this morning to start their day: "Today, I Choose to Be...."
I loved reading the affirmations they made for themselves so as with many other posts, Jessica has written, I'm inspired to take something away from them and apply them to my own life. THIS is exactly why I love blogs and social media... the growth, inspiration, motivation, connection ...so much...that comes when we share parts of our lives as genuinely as Jessica often does.
So for today, I will wrap this entry up with my own I Choose to Be affirmations (really, another way of writing intentions).
Today, I choose to be productive and intentional with my thoughts and energy. I have a long list of tasks and projects I want to wrap up. I also want to carve out time to read and reflect on a few matters close to my heart.
Today, I choose to use my trail run as a prayer of sorts. An intentional meditation. No watch or agenda. I want to only be moving my body at whatever pace it feels up for. Breathing in fresh air. Noticing the earth surrounding me. Listening in all ways.
Today, I choose to NOTICE and LISTEN intently. I choose to be aware of and focused on my kids... what they say to me, how they look and feel when they wake up, what's on their mind...
Today, I choose to be LOVE. Enough said. With myself, my family, my thoughts, the people I interact with. I choose to replace any negative thoughts with something positive and loving. I choose to listen to any deep seeded hurt or anger and try to let Love be my lens in order to release those weighty feelings.
Today, I choose to keep my sense of humor tuned in. I've laughed lots this week. It's made me remember to find the funny in the ordinary. There are so many little and big moments throughout the day that are actually pretty hilarious if we notice. People's behavior, our own habits, things our kids say, pets, reactions... What I'm wearing right now.