Distances can be deceptive. So too can speeds. You’re never really sure of how fast you are traveling at any given moment, nor are you sure of how far you’ve gone. Daily we are in a hurry to do many things. We run and soar with urgency, when we should really practice pacing ourselves, slowing down, thinking, and walking, by placing one step in front of the other.
Endorphins stimulate a runner’s high. Most joggers believe running builds confidence, a better self-image, and provides a feeling of empowerment and freedom. It also reduces depression, tension, and fatigue. But though speed runs are effective for tearing through aggression and anger, running jostles the intestines, reduces blood flow, and alters ones absorption rate. Slowing down the velocity a bit might lessen the adrenaline, but may be a healthier option in the long run.
Walking is a good alternative; it is medicine and aerobics for the mind. A walker may appreciate a more reduced speed and doesn’t feel the need to race for time while obtaining a similar means of a “high” just as a jogger. Walking allows us to pace and focus, become quiet, breathe, and see more clearly. I use walking as a great tool for learning how to focus. It helps me to turn off the chatter of life in my head, notice the colors around me, reduce stress, and stay in the present moment.
Sometimes powerful forces cause us to think that we don’t have enough time in a single day, but how can that be? Is the universe not eternal? And why are you running not walking? Much of the stress of our environment forces us to believe that we are further away from our perfect opportunity than we really are. That frame of mind compels us to feel anxiety and advance the journey into full gear. Could this “shortage” of time merely be a sense of perception alone? If you are identifying too closely with the physical forms and limitations of this earthly environment, you can easily forget how temporary these things are.
It’s easy to speed up; all you have to do is sprint and hit the accelerator of life. The distance to the door is merely a few steps away from where you are presently standing. You need not run, nor jump, nor leap, nor charge to arrive; that door awaits you with patience, confidence, and love. That door is a revolving one; a portal with a different path. That door – is the divine. You are part of the divine and the divine is a part of you. When we learn to trust the future and its divine order, we see that we don’t have to run at all.
Slow it down. You need not race. You can stroll with grace and confidence because what is yours is yours; you will arrive in time. After all, its not speed you want to acquire – its direction and a sense of purpose. Breathe – Visualize –Reaffirm. The distance to your door of opportunity is closer than you think.
Reference commentary of September 7, 2010: Skies Wide Open
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