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Going Running…

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As I ran up the hill, with wet leafy trees heavily drooping over onto the wet shiny, bumpy, uneven Dorset lane – I reflected on my life and how all I have ever really wanted to do is go running…

I love it, quite simply love it… I always have – and I love it even more now it doesn’t hurt…!

Much of my running career has been fraught with pain and stiffness and working out the hold ups, the stuck areas… Being conscious of the wisdom to always run with the slowest part of the body, and then not doing that at all… So it broke!

My Dad’s  engineering words echoing in my head… ‘The chain always breaks at the weakest link darling…’

I remember feelings of envy listening one day to an interview with a musician who had been a musician all his days, and he was still creating, making music, expressing his soul through his art; sharing his journey with us…

Stirring my soul

I recognised always that it was important to discover a way to ‘play my tune’, to ‘make my art’, to live my running step out day after day; to clear any feelings of envy and instead live fully my own truth…

Of course, I have always run; but at times it has needed to be ‘fitted in’ early or late and been squeezed out, so that it became an ‘also ran’ in my life rather than a main player.

There too, has been much of my life when running hurt; so although it was my heart’s calling – actually doing it didn’t feel good at all… A real juxtaposition… and then there were times that I feared I was destroying my body – and I did not wish to be ‘crocked’ as the years went by…

But the running step calls me always, as if it were what I have been born to do… The simple act of putting one foot in front of another, as most of us did when we were children, racing about… running – a natural movement. and one that in the past meant that we survived, running to gather our food and run away from danger…

Running to learn was my ‘strap line’ for many years, as I have learnt so much, cleared so much on the running road… I was also acutely aware at times when my running times were very fast, and people would clap and cheer and celebrate my steps, that they were celebrating something that wasn’t the true expression of my art, not a clear and truly happy one anyway.

There was much tension and ‘push’ back then… Muddled eating, over training, huge pressure on myself to achieve some chimera that could never been reached…

And yet I could have done anything different… It was what it was. It was where I was then…

And now the running step is lighter brighter, more fun, more free. My feet and me go out to play.

All that is required as we live this life, as we journey forth is that to our own selves we are true. If we do this then that is the biggest gift to the world. There is nothing else. There can be no good deeds or honourable works if they do not come from our truth. if we do things to be good, or to help or because we feel that is a better way to live in the world; then the energy is not as pure as if we live out our own truth… Any altruistic acts coming from us living our truth, will come from that clear energy…

If living my truth is playing on the hills of Dorset like I did today, in the rain and the wind, oh the joy! Then this is the route I must follow… We will always know deep in our soul the path we must take, and then all that springs from that will be true.

Osho said that the biggest contribution anyone can make to the world is to be conscious…

Consciousness springs from the silence within, the place of stillness beyond all the pull to wrong doing or right doing, good and evil – joy and sorrow – work and play…

Beyond these pulls on this plane is the place of silence, within us and all around us, and when we rest in this place; our actions will spring from consciousness…

And if going running is what emerges, going running is the biggest contribution I can give… 😄 👍

 

 

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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