Run, Forrest Run

claire

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“Run Forrest, run,” my high school lacrosse team would scream from the sidelines. It was almost as if I had these wheels of fire underneath me that kept me sprinting down the field, headed straight to goal. Connecting my feet to the earth in those moments brought such a sense of grounding. As I got older, this speedster sense of self I identified with took me by surprise.


Running took on a whole new meaning after leaving that high school team. It was the pain, the discomfort, the awkward conversations from which I ran. I began to numb myself. I’d travel to different locations, I’d fill my time with work, I’d keep busy to the point where the only time I had to sit with myself was right before bed. Well, let me tell you. That’s really when all the thoughts start to crash down. It is in those moments that I beg my mind to stop racing so I can just fall asleep.


Pain can come in all forms. Maybe it’s the loss of someone near and dear to your heart, the fear of not expressing your true feelings, or maybe even a physical pain reverberating throughout your body. Whatever type of pain you’re dealing with, pain is never something one welcomes with grace. It’s uncomfortable and it hurts. Everyone has pain to some degree. It’s part of the human experience.


“I should be over this. If only x could happen, this pain would disappear.” These thoughts run through your mind like a broken record playing the same song, track after track. But when we sit with it and truly become present, that is where the freedom can emerge. It is in the moment of stillness, the moment when we stop running from our fears that we can find growth.


I’ve been focusing on confronting situations that feel uncomfortable. I’ve been working on grounding meditations. That sense of running comes from a lack of feeling grounded and secure. To just sit. That’s hard for our society. We’re always ready for the next thing. Never taking a moment to just pause. The more I focus on grounding, the easier it becomes to face the uncomfortable situations. So, what are you running from? How can you sit with the pain and let it show you the pathway to evolution?


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