Running in the City at Night
Tonight I went for a run on a soggy night in Portland and as I hit the waterfront I was struck by how beautiful the city looked.
The lights shone soft and smooth through the falling rain. The shimmering ground reflected patches of architecture that shattered as I stepped through them. And the whoosh of the cars joined the tiny pats of water falling on my hood to create a soundscape so subtle and familiar that I couldn’t help but smile.
As I ran, I realized that this more than anything else is why I exercise. Sure there’s the living longer, the looking younger, and the stress relief. But I get all of those things from exercise. There are only the ends to the exercise means.
The real reasons I exercise are the moments where my body and heart transport me to another place. Even when that other place is one I’ve been to many times.
You see, some people think that exercise changes your life because you lose weight or build muscle. But the truth is that exercise changes your life because the act itself transports and transforms you.
You don’t have to wait for the results because the results are instantaneous. In fact waiting for the results will only make you miss how everything change the moment you step out the door.
To me that’s what living an active mindful life is all about.
Instant Fitness Transformation
The key to this instant transformation is simple, but not always easy. All you have to do is:
1. Let go of results –
The results don’t come from the future, they come straight from your body as you move.
2. Let go of expectations –
easy or hard, each moment of exercise can bring a new discovery if you let it.
3. Let go of your image –
No matter what you do, your body will eventually fall apart. But this moment can be powerful, if it’s not about how you look.
4. Let go of imperfection –
Don’t believe people when they tell you you’re broken. Instead, listen to the truth in your heart that tells you you’re whole.
5. Let go of yourself –
The real transformative power of exercise comes when you get out of the way. The energy that flows through you is ancient and primal. When you become open to moving without it being about you, then you can truly access a place of amazing presence.
I invite you to join me in changing our lives, not by running a hundred miles, but by running the next one with attention.
I invite you to join me in this present moment, whenever we get the chance.
I invite you to join me in exercising the power of your life.
Because exercise isn’t just the path. Exercise and the connection it creates to your body is the destination you arrive at over and over again on the journey to a more mindful and balanced life.