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4 Lessons You Can Learn From Being A Runner

4 Lessons You Can Learn From Being A Runner

Running is for everybody. Being skinny, obese or fit, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t have to be 10 miles to consider ourselves runners, but 20-25 minutes of running for beginners is quite good. I define running as nirvana between the body and mind.

Running is beneficial in every aspect. It is beneficial for overall health; it can raise the levels of good cholesterol; it can boost our immune system and it can help in every way, literally. The good news (since it’s an overall problem on a global scale): running can help us lose weight. Sorry for being Mr. Obvious, but that’s the truth. Actually running is the second most effective exercise considering burned calories per minute. First is cross-counrty skiing.

Many runners around the globe cling to the so-called “positive drug” of running. To some extent it is sweet torture for the body, followed by joyful experience. As people say, “nothing is for free”; neither is the happiness followed by the sweet torture. After all, it is still a drug — albeit a very positive one.

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There are 4 lessons you can learn from being a runner. Three of them are encrypted during the run and the last one is the joyfulness by the deciphered code.

Never underestimate yourself

Denis Waitley, motivational speaker and writer, says that “It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.” I have personally seen people older than 80 years in no physical shape run the full marathon. That’s my personal best motivator, that we shouldn’t underestimate ourselves.

Running can make us self-confident and boost our self-esteem. The experience in achieving a goal is widely known. Simply by the fact that we set and achieve a goal (to run 30-35 minutes or run 6-7 miles) we feel much happier and empowered.

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Runner’s meditation

Runner’s meditation is a form of meditation while moving your body. Our brain is relieved from bad thoughts and it is forced to think on our left-right legged frequent steps. Although it feels automatic, the brain is forced to give commands to every part of our body. By the fact that it gives commands to the body and makes symphonically perfected movements, it is relieved from the aberrations accumulated from everyday life.

After only a few minutes of running, the brain starts to relieve hormones that naturally improve our mood. One of them is the endorphin, or so-called “feel-good” chemical.

To grasp the runner’s meditation we have to be advanced runners. At the beginning we may struggle, but after a while we will be fall into whole new level of runner’s nirvana.

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The accordance of body and mind

Imagine as the body argues with the mind that he is always pessimist. The mind always hurts the relationship between them and the body always wins the argument.

The best way to see body and soul as one is with running. It’s the balance between the physics and psyche. If we lurk a bit inside the process of running, we can conclude that by the process in the physical world, the body forces the mind to make ourselves feel good. By doing the movement of running, the body drags the mind’s attention away from the negativity and, in a positive way, forces the mind to produce feel-good chemicals.

“The feeling”

Since we deciphered three of the codes, “the feeling” is the outcome of all three. It’s the feeling when we stop, when we stretch, eat a banana, and get a hot, steamy shower. While we are busy torturing our brain to release feel-good chemicals, we get prepared for the final feeling. I call it “the dessert”, except it’s not physical cake or something sweet. It’s like feeding the brain with cake without touching a spoon.

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We cannot explain how being in love feels or how being drunk feels. We can’t explain “the feeling” either, but we can give pretty good example of how to get to it. GO RUN.

Featured photo credit: Archi Trujillo via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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