I’m going to sound like a broken record, or a spokesperson for Melody Beattie’s meditation book Journey to the Heart, but I SWEAR it is freaky how this book speaks to me at just the right time. (Remember, it told me to Give Myself a Break and to Embrace Change). Well today, for lack of a better way to put it, it told me to Slow the Fuck Down and Quit Trying to Plan/Predict Everything. Which is EXACTLY what I needed to hear this morning. Even though this is a running blog, I love what it said, so you get to hear it too:
Trust That Guidance Will Come
Some parts of our lives appear like a long, paved highway. We can see exactly where to go; we have a panoramic view. Other times, it may feel like we’re driving in the dark with only one headlight on a winding road through the fog. We can only see a few feet in front of the car. Don’t worry if you can’t see that far ahead, if you only have a glimmer of light to guide your path. Slow down. Listen to your heart. Guidance will come. Trust what you hear. Do the small thing. Take that one step. Go as far as you can see. Then go back to your heart, and you’ll hear the next step. It may be a step of immediate action, or deliberate inaction. Sometimes you may have to quiet down, wait and perpare yourself to hear what you’re to do next. Trust and act on the guidance you have now, and more will come.
So with this passage/meditation in mind, even though this morning all I wanted to do was run by myself – far and fast – to sort out a bunch of life crap, I followed my heart, and did go for a group run. I have been forcing myself to rejoin the group runs on a regular basis because, without fail, I always feel better after being around them. They are such a great bunch of people and talking running with them – as well as hearing about them, their families and their lives – is good for me and distracts me from my own issues. So, even though I literally was awake from 1:30 a.m. on (not due to the puppy – he actually slept great!), I met the group at 5:30 and ran. And feel so much better for having done so.
One step at a time. Life will sort itself out in the way it is meant to be.
Random Ernie picture, because there is nothing quite so cute as a sleeping puppy: