Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Peace of Mind

The clock on my computer screen reads 5:00; time for the costume change. I swap my pressed pants out for a pair of running shorts and my high heeled pumps for my Nikes.  I pull my hair back into a ponytail, slide my sunglasses on and I am off for a run.  In just minutes I go from being office personnel to a runner.  Like many Americans, this is the time of day when our stress melts away.  Whether we head off to the gym to run on the treadmill or to our favorite running path, it is our chance to let all of the day’s worries fade away.

Yesterday, I chose Mission Beach for a run in the sand along the bay and over to the ocean.  I was eager to run but wary of how I would feel considering it is only my second week back since my stress fracture. I popped in my headphones and turned on my iPod simply out of habit.  When running alone I use music to keep me company. I took the first few strides slowly, cutting myself some slack but before I knew it I was naturally speeding up to what felt like my pre-injury pace.  The sand should have slowed me down but the sight of the ocean sped me up.

I quickly realized the mistake in bringing along my iPod and turned the music off.  The crashing waves and the pit pat of my shoes in the sand were music enough.  After I ditched the unnecessary noise I fell into a beautiful rhythm.  The movement of my body to the sound of the wind and the waves felt like a dance.  I was effortlessly gliding along in a way that felt simply organic, like I was born to run.  This is what I believe peace to be. Peace of mind, body and soul; all working together gracefully.  Equilibrium.


On runs like these I go away to a special little invisible place.  I hope I’m not losing all of you skeptics here, but I reach this unexplainable place of tranquility in my mind and body.  My thoughts are clear and breathing is steady.  It is one of the few times I don’t feel like a jumbled mess.

I think we all find different routes to that place of stillness and peace that clears our mind of the daily clutter.  If we could translate this into our daily life, our jobs and our relationships we would have less stress and worry throughout the day.  The hours would flow smoothly and we would leave our jobs feeling energized rather than exhausted.  There are some very zen people out there that can find this peace anywhere and everywhere, but for people like myself, it is a work in progress.

Maybe one day I will be able to achieve this state of mind throughout my day but until then, I will wait for the clock to read 5:00 and escape to my special place.

17 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful. This may be my favorite enter thus far. You make me feel relaxed sitting here at my desk with so much to do i need an assistant. The FDA auditor only a few steps away doesn't faze me. I'm happy here with my 8 foot wall of windows and my ever present sunshine only a few feet away! But it's bliss when i read your blog. I love you!!

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  2. You write sooo beautiful. Believe it or not, I think I have run that same area myself when I was stationed in San Diego many years ago. The sounds of the ocean waves and the view of the laggng sun as it inched below the horizon near the end of the day gave me a pump that made me feel I could run forever.

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  3. Wow... I'm so thrilled that you're enjoying your life in San Diego so much. This is truly the place where you belong at this time in your life. Once again I could alomost feel the sense of freedon, peace and harmony just reading about your run at the beach. You write so beautifully! Thank you for sharing a little piece of you with all of us in every new post in your blog. I love you always and forever.

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  4. Kate, You are refreshing.

    I used to run 100 yrs go. I understand everything you say & feel about the run. We called the 5 mi marker a runner's "HIGH." At this point you seems to feel no pain, just a floating sensation. A pure physical & mental well being. I miss those days.

    I am happy Angela, Jean & now Jim are doing the physical thing.

    I do worry about you and/or Angela running alone. Mace would be a good idea. Running with a group a better one.

    That put aside I really enjoyed the blog on Mexico.

    Enjoy the run!


    GMA

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  5. Yes I very much agree with Rich on your writing. You make your stories sound so interesting to read that it makes me feel as if I am there, running beside you. I love you my Kate the great.


    PS. I don't know what to comment as or how to setup my comments to come up as my name, sorry.

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