Today I took a run to remember…
I effectively found my self stuck over the past few months in this “one day,” “someday,” “maybe tomorrow” phenomenon most people are living in. I kept telling myself, “tomorrow I’ll start going to the gym again,” or “one day I’ll start playing piano again” someday I’ll begin to reengage in any of my favorite hobbies. I had effectively lost touch with the things that fed me, that lit me up and brought me joy.
What I found was day by day I was drifting away from the me I knew me to be… drifting into a resigned version of myself, began to question why I was doing what I was doing and wondering was next for me. Slowly become a shadow of my past accomplishments.
Now, I myself am not a runner. I do not delight in running like some or the way I do in art, music or other physical activities, but I do know that when I have an excess of tamas guna (darkness) in my mind running is one way for me to pierce this heavy energy and bring my mind into a more sattvic (pure/balanced) space. Once here I can meditate at create the space for clarity of next right actions.
NOTE: There are three gunas, that have always been and continue to be present in all things and beings in the world.
- Sattva is the quality of balance, harmony, goodness, purity, universalizing, holistic, constructive, creative, peaceful, virtuous.
- Rajas is the quality of passion, activity, neither good nor bad and sometimes either, driven, moving, dynamic.
- Tamas is the quality of imbalance, disorder, chaos, dull or inactive, apathy, inertia or lethargy, violent, vicious, ignorant.
What we eat, the ways we think, what we do in the form of physical activity; be it yoga, dance, training in the gym, walking through the forest… it all affect this balance of energy in the mind&body. All things have a very subtle effect on the consciousness and how we perceive not just ourselves but the world around us. Let continue to choose activities, foods and people that on an ongoing basis help reveal the Divine light within.