My mind is a real racer & day-by-day I always feel that I need to get faster. I am always in hurry, always rushing to go to work, complete a workout, cook a meal or even take a shower. The only time that I really feel I slowed down is the last hour before I go to bed. I am usually alone at home soaking in my book, I take a shower & I go to sleep.
They say running is “cheaper than therapy” as it clears your mind, reduces stress, anxiety & a big MOOD BOOSTER. I am not writing today to list the benefits of running nor encourage you to get off your feet now & have a run.
I am writing today to share with you my “Gratitude run”. YES, exactly like it sounds! I have developed a habit of running once a week with an intention of gratitude.
This run is usually slow at my own pace with no headphones on. I start slowly & gradually by paying attention to my surroundings & to my breathing.
Then I slowly start thinking about what I am grateful for today. It usually starts with BIG things I am grateful for until i reach very small things I don’t usually pay attention to.
Here is an example to help you try it out…
- Paying attention to my steps, my breathing, my surrounding (The smell, the colors, the weather…etc)
- General Gratitude
- People: Having a supportive family
- Job: Having a stable job & being very passionate about it
- Home: Having a safe home
- Money: Being able to afford the food that I eat & the expenses that I need daily
- Then start paying attention to the small things you usually don’t pay attention to like
- Breathing: Being grateful that to inhale & exhale automatically without any pain
- My legs: Being able to carry me everyday
- Sense of sight: for letting me see everything in life
- Sense of hearing: for being able to listen to all the voices around me especially music
- For my dog: for teaching me how to love unconditionally
You can also start practicing that while walking if you aren’t into running xoxo