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Express the Best Within Us…

I love this place in Morocco, miles from anything that is familiar to me… I am the alien on the beach, the only woman in shorts… This wild windy expanse with horses, galloping on the sand, and camels too, ambling slowly along, and lying with their legs tucked under them; blending with their habitat…

Running back along the beach the surfers and kite surfers are starting to appear, a more familiar sight, warming up in their bare feet; loving the wind that challenges me!

Today I saw a Moroccan woman running along the waters edge, running easily and relaxed, she was in her long robes, holding them up to prevent them getting wet; her head covered, but her feet were bare and she was running along in the surf, the gulls swooping and squawking around her and the wind blowing on her back…

She looked free within the constraints of her dress code, her culture and her traditions, her feet looked free…

Freedom is an inner state…. There are plenty of people with the freedom financially, culturally, actually to do as they please  – who are not free at all.

Freedom is knowing we are all one; that we are all born of consciousness, of love, of god… That there is no separation. When we know this deeply, we experience it, and then there is no other state but freedom…

And we experience it, by clearing every single shard that separates us; every single shard there is, that arises in the smallest irritation with another, or feeling of less than or resentment or competition…

Everything must be cleared, this doesn’t mean accepting any form of abuse from another; but it is about knowing that any inner reaction is ours to clear so that we are do not project our own pain on to another, in our relating…

Anadi and I went for a walk on the beach this afternoon –  to the wild windy beach, and walked and talked about this illusion, of being separate…

We talked of how competition – trying to be better than another – starts it all, rather than simply expressing the best within us… The world encourages competition which ultimately destroys rather than enhances…

Paradoxically the boom of ‘sport for all’, has gone a long way to bring competition to its best state, that of taking part in something which allows each person to be the best they can be… Changing it into a celebration, a show, a delight; more like an orchestra when there is a lead singer, or lead musicians… But also a recognition that everyone else plays a vital part, and that everyone is needed because they are part of the whole…

And so it is with sport, with professions, with art, literature- every single contribution is needed to make the whole…

This way those at the front of any race, or creation, are there as a light leading the way, inspiring and bright, for us all to see our possibility reflected therein – and to truly give ourselves permission to let our own light shine…

Not to feel less than, but to see our shining aspects reflected there and live out our truth…

 

 

I have been running all of my life – it feels I was born to run. In the running step I experienced freedom and my true expression. I came to see that I needed to ‘get out of the way of myself’ and let my energy flow through the running step; allow it to express itself in the dance and the motion of running. I ran for England and GB for some years. My first international was in 1979, a three mile cross country race; and I continued to run at international level until 1993. Two of my best results were first place in the Dublin City Marathon in 1985 and 7th place woman, 3rd British woman in the 1986 London Marathon in a time of 2.36.31, which gained me selection for the Commonwealth Games.

As a little girl I ran barefoot for many years, and then I put on shoes to race around the world. Fifty years later I am travelling the world as a nomad with my husband Anadi and I have taken off my shoes and I am running barefoot again….

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