Running – Your Spiritual Experience

Everyone knows that running is good for your physical health. It strengthens your body and helps you to lose weight, but is that all? Definitely not. If you think about it more deeply you will notice that not only is running a great outdoor activity, but it’s also a spiritual experience. As running philosopher Dr. George Sheehan said: “It’s a retreat, a place to commune with God and yourself, a place for psychological and spiritual renewal.”

Running is like life, it's a long journey, but well worth it.

1. Running is like life

Life is hard and we complain about it every day, but does that mean that it’s not worth it? Of course not, and it’s the same with running. You may hate those shoes, that road and all the dogs trying to bite your legs as you pass them, but at the end of it all you will never say it was a waste of time.

The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start - John Bingham

2. Brave people go far

“3 miles? Not possible” – you think in the beginning of your running adventure. Up to now the longest distance you’ve covered was 50 meters to the bus stop, and it wasn’t a piece of cake. However, if you find the courage to start you will also find enough to get to the end. And then you will be so proud of yourself.

Life is short... Running makes it seem longer - Baron Hansen

3.”Because I’m happy…”

“Life is short but running makes it seem longer”. Think it’s just a fancy quote? Think again. It’s scientifically proven that when you run your brain releases endorphins – hormones that make you happy. Happy people live longer.

The rough road that leads to the heights of greatness - Seneca

4.Stay strong, become great

Runners say that on the road they overcome their fears. They find their limits and go beyond them. You will never know how strong you are until the moment your body tells you to stop, but your mind will push you further.

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