Today I wanted to share my new favorite way to workout. This is one of the things I do to help keep myself in alignment and joy every day, and it feels completely natural and fun. As Deepak Chopra says, “As we spend time meditating and awakening to who we really are, we will naturally make choices that benefit our body, mind, and spirit.”
I have never loved running, we have a love/hate relationship I guess I’d say. Well, I decided to try it again a few months ago. I was instantly hooked because I could run much farther and longer than in the past, and feel great during and after the run! The difference this time is sort of “out there” or woo-woo. You may think I’ve gone off the deep end with this one, but hey, it’s getting me to run, and that is something. 😉 The difference this time is my emotions before, during, and after the run. In the past I used to dread running and see it as a means to an end: Me+Run=lose weight. Not anymore, now I think of this hour a day as my decadence, me time, treat myself time. I look forward to going to the gym now!
I’ve turned running into a moving meditation of sorts. I always used to get down when I would glance at the tv’s in the gym and see depressing stories about the latest tragedy. So, one day I decided to imagine I was sending love from my heart directly to the people affected in the stories on the news. I noticed I got a boost of energy from doing this and was able to run a little faster. So, I started sending love and light to everyone around me in the gym. Wishing them health, love and joy.
I believe the news affects us because we feel helpless. There is no way we can help everyone who needs help. And with the news being everywhere these days we can’t avoid it either. But what if there is something we could do. We could send them something we are abundant in, our love, light and health; and in turn bask in the energetic vibes we receive from loving others.
Now, I have no idea if the people around me notice anything or if they receive any of the good vibes I’m sending them, because this is all going on in my head. But what if they did? What if their day was a little brighter, they had a little more energy to share with the world and it created a trickle down effect. We all have the ability to create ripples in other people’s lives. Whether others are open to it or not, is their choice. But I believe we have the power to smile at someone and change their day. And in the process, we can’t help but make our own a little bit brighter. I’ll close this long post with another Deepak Chopra quote, “When we love others we are loving ourselves.” And whether anyone else notices or not, I’m losing weight, building strength, and showing up as my best self for my family afterwards.
So next time you’re on the treadmill, practice with the people on tv first, and imagine shining light and love from your heart center to those who are in need. Beathe in deeply and on the exhale silently say, “May you have love, light and health.” It usually takes a second but then you’ll get aburst of energy. I believe this is because you’re connected with the Universe. And when we connect with the Universe in an effort to do good, the whole Universe conspires with us. So, not only do you have good vibes coming from you to others, but you have the entire Universe backing you! That’s one hell of a way to start your day!
This can be done during any exercise class, lifting weights, or walking on a path. It may seem weird at first, and if it doesn’t work for you, you may have something blocking your love. I am working on a free 7 day meditation to help release blockages like these, so keep an eye out for that! But let me know if you try it, I’d love to hear about how it went!