There are times when I run that I feel as if I have hit my stride – that perfect gait that seems almost effortless. I move gracefully and with ease. Yet, I cannot always maintain it and tend to fall back into my slower more lumbering pace especially as my mind wanders. I recognize that I have to stay focused on my form and pace in order to keep it up.
I have come to realize that running is a lot like life. Just as with running, I have found that perfect gait – those times when I am in the flow, totally aligned with my higher self, with source, connected in a way that seems to bring everything together with ease and grace. Yet this too is difficult to maintain, and more often than not I find myself falling back into my old habits and patterns, relying on old belief systems and mindsets. I know that I need to be consciously aware as I go about my day, staying in the moment and gently pulling myself back to present. It is an ongoing process. It takes conscious thought and a commitment to let go of our old habits and patterns, for we so easily slide back into what we were, how we used to do things. We typically react to life, to circumstances in a preprogrammed way, we forget that we have the power to determine our future just by consciously choosing our actions in the present.
Last week I ran my first 5K. It was quite an exhilarating experience and though I certainly didn’t win any awards I did run the entire way. I chose my path and my pace. I hit my stride.
To finding your stride.