The greatest gift we can give to this world....and ultimately ourselves is....our self, the unfiltered, unshielded plain and simple, fully in the moment, in the person in front of us, self. Not the yeaterday, tomorrow or 5 minutes from now, but in the moment self. Strangely, running ultra races has taught me this.

To race, to go beyond what I know I can do, to push through fear and pain and uncertainty, requires one to be fully present in the moment, you lose all ability to put up any sort of shield, you become who you really are and I have yet to meet a soul on the trail in those moments, when they are stripped down, to be anything less than beautiful.

It is then I see our creator in my fellow man and in myself. what I didn't realize until last night at work, after seeing patient after patient after patient, that I can experience that in any moment. If I am fully present in the moment, in the patient in front of me, without shield, filter, guard, without being in the past or thinking 5 minute or an hour in the future.

If I can be fully present in the moment and in the patient, a magical thing happens. They become fully in the moment, lose their filter, their guard, their shield and 2 beautiful souls are revealed, a connection is made, and healing occurs....without medication, a shot, a pat on the back. This is why I run crazy distances, crazy courses, always pushing always climbing, to learn and grow and see, really see.

All of this made possible by some crazy coach that told me once, "demand the impossible". I thought he was high.  ....he was ;)  ...and now I am too.

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Comment by Eric Welsh on November 24, 2014 at 12:04pm

Beautifully said! 

Comment by Carolynn on November 24, 2014 at 11:33am
Hi Lori, I understand exactly what you mean !! Even if I'm not running ultras (yet), I've often felt this when doing my martial art (kyudo). There are so many parallels between running and martial arts ! But in everyday life, we can have those moments, exactly like you wrote. I agree 100%. Everyday life also has its moments of pain and fear. Anything that strips us from the lies we tell ourselves is so precious.
Comment by Steven Sutherland on November 24, 2014 at 7:42am

You are spot on with what you wrote.  You've found one of the great secrets about what life is all about... to see people and things as they really are, and really will be.  I call them Holy Moments.  Like you, running too, is an instrument for me, distilling down to all that is true and good.  I have been able to grow closer to the Creator and His good earth. 

Comment by Becca Thorne on November 24, 2014 at 3:53am

Good post. I read a very interesting comment from someone to an article I wrote about running and mental health a while ago, where they said that running felt very similar to mindfulness meditation. I think it's a fascinating subject.

Comment by Robert Burpee on November 23, 2014 at 1:23am
Amazing post Lori, if you truly believe your ready, you will be ready. The only things that limit us are the limits we place on ourselves.
Comment by Guy Floyd on November 22, 2014 at 11:49am
Great post Lori!
Comment by Lori Enlow on November 22, 2014 at 11:38am
Comment by Eric Orton on November 22, 2014 at 11:21am

NOW, you are ready!

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