On being centered, from my Melody Beattie meditation book entry today:
Learn what it feels like to be centered, to be balanced. Learn what it feels like to be off center. Learn to tell the difference. Then, learn to come back to center as quickly as possible. Quiet. Relaxed. Feeling right about what you are doing. On track. In harmony. At peace. In balance. No turbulent emotions racing through you. No disorganized thoughts clamoring through your head. Your body feels aligned, and you feel connected to it. . . Your heart is open. And so is your mind.
For life, it is fitting. When I look at where I was a year ago, it was the OPPOSITE of centered. I was out of harmony, out of balance, in turmoil and a crazy mix of emotions. What a difference a year makes. Although I certainly have my moments, I feel like now I’m centered more often than not. Over the past year of being on my own, my priorities have shifted. I’ve slowed down. I’ve put things in perspective. I don’t sweat the small stuff. I’ve realized what matters and what doesn’t. I’ve grown up. And become a child. Which might not make sense to you, but if you’ve been there it will. Being centered – living with and in peace and harmony – is how life should be lived.
For running, it is also fitting. A marathoner needs to be centered to excel. Marathoners need to relax, listen to their body, not run with wild/mixed emotions.* Marathoners need to be completely connected – mind, heart and body. Being centered is how marathons should be run.
*This is NOT to say that a marathoner cannot drop the occasional F-Bomb. Indeed, I firmly believe a good F-Bomb gets an endurance athlete focused on the task at hand and motivates a marathoner in ways that 100% free love/positive energy can’t. So let ‘er rip.