Running down a public path, along side the Charles River in Waltham, is one of my favorite activities. I find the peace and beauty to be very refreshing. I also find that running is a helpful way to take advantage of the day and enjoy being outside.
There are many different routes I take throughout my town, but all of them take me to this beautiful river path at some point.
Just as I love to run in a beautiful place, I’ve found thinking harmonious thoughts are also something I like listening to while I run. This led me to a question: what kind of thoughts, or spiritual scenery, do I want to behold while running —beauty or ugliness?
This lead me to an analogy: witnessing beautiful qualities is like running through a beautiful scene.
To help unpack this I realized that while I’m trotting down the road, I often think of the spiritual side of running. In other words, I take into account the God-like qualities that I associate with activity and excercise: strength, grace, harmony, peace, and joy.
This is where I like to be. This beautiful view makes me feel good.
I admit sometimes there are tough days. On those days I find I may be acceptiong opinions about the physical side of running: how my body feels, how out-of-shape I feel, or what I’m doing wrong. When I recognize that trend in mind, that’s when I recognize that I’m unconsciously flowing down a stream of ugly thoughts toward a waterfall of negativity.
That’s also when I realize it’s time to wake up! I don’t want to go down that unconscious stream toward a scary waterfall.
Rather I can change course immediately with a single thought.
I’ve learned that these false opinions can be rejected by simply acknowledging that God is my Life and source of being, harmony, and strength. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy showed me that all adverse suggestions are temporary because they are not from God, divine Mind— the Creator of every benign idea. And when I’ve listened for and held onto good ideas about God and myself, those untrue opinions dissipated quickly and lost their grip in my thought and I felt harmonious immediately.
I’ve seen this over and over: freedom is quickly won through Christian Science, God’s loving power, which upholds, strengthens, and frees us from disease and pain.
Next time you take a stroll, go for a jog, or are just heading into work in the car, be listening for only good ideas that lift up your thought and help you soar.
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.