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Friday, January 21, 2011

How "Chi's" Doing...and Experiencing God

Well, you may be wondering how the Chi running is going. Or maybe you couldn't care less, but you were nice enough to click on my blog to see what was up with me. 

I finished reading the book, and I have to say, it has revolutionized my running, and subsequently my spiritual life. The combination of the techniques suggested in the book and my Vibram shoes have brought my running to a whole new level. Now, I know I talked before about my transformation into a "hippie." The Chi Running book was very focus-on-your-"center"-oriented. As I read through it, I consciously replaced all the "focus on self" references to "focus on God." In this past week of running, I think I have experienced God more than in the last 6 months combined. Maybe it's the beautiful weather. Maybe it's the quiet time I have when I run up and down our driveway seeing this view:

...while the girls nap and the boys entertain themselves on the property. Maybe it's merely the fact that I am consciously focusing on the amazing beauty around me as I run. When I run now, at least when I'm by myself, I just listen. I listen to the birds, the tall grass blowing in the wind, crickets, my feet hitting the gravel. No music, no arguing kids, no demands being placed on me. And I'm almost certain that I can actually hear God's presence around me. Is that possible? I don't think Mr. Chi Running necessarily intended for my relationship with God to be catapulted to a whole new level, but that has been the unintended side affect. 

I am amazed I've gone my whole life without truly experiencing God this way. I mean, I've been close with Him for some time now. He's been the "center" of my life for over a dozen years, but this? This is something new, and fresh, and thoroughly divine. I wish I had the gumption to shout it out on the rooftops, but I think this is the closest I'm going to get to that right now. 

I highly recommend it. Getting outside and experiencing God, that is. If you're not in the country, take a little drive. Find some deserted place, park your car, and just listen. Or, even better, take a run {or walk}to that special spot. He may not shout something out to you directly, but the sounds of His creation will surely stun you. 


Anonymous said...

Wow, thank you for sharing! I'm actually motivated to get outside and try this myself. Your entries seem to inspire me more often than not. Your honesty and enthusiasm is contagious!

Pappy said...

I remember the first time I went hunting alone. I was amazed at how noisy I was and how loud the far-off town was! We become so used to even loud sounds that they become like white noise to us. When we remove ourselves from that environment a whole new world opens up, and we can actually pay attention to the creation. Enjoy every second of it!

Anonymous said...

It's amazing what we can experience when we step outside, isn't it? Thank you so much for your blog. We are in the process of adopting, and it has been a joy to go back and read your posts related to adoption, and see your blog evolve into something so much more. I look forward to reading more!

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Robin said...

Sounds amazing!

J. said...

moving to the country brought a whole new meaing to the word nature. I am not sure that I will ever live in a city again.

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