I’m running my first 5k.
In order to run that distance, I need to practice.
So I do.
I practice running multiple times a week.
What I have realized is that my running practice is really a practice in presence.
For me, presence is about energy and focus. Energy is the result of what is going on in my Human Internal Operating System – my thoughts, beliefs, emotions, desires, behaviors and inner truth. Focus is where I am putting my attention.
When I run, sometimes my thoughts, emotions, and beliefs start affecting my performance, so I shift my focus and become present with my feet hitting the pavement, the words of the audible book I am listening to, or the beat of the music dancing in my ears. When my presence is disrupted by the awareness of how far I have to go, my energy starts to fade and I want to stop. So, I bring it back to me and become present in each moment. It takes practice.
When I coach, I hold space for my clients to find their own answers through experiential listening. I am responsible for my energy so they can be responsible for theirs. It requires me to be fully present and shift my focus from me to them. Then back again. It’s a dance. It takes practice.
When I write, my presence opens me up to my creative flow and releases my attention from distractions. It’s a full body experience for me that when I do it well, brings really cool results.
I have other practices, too – yoga, meditation, guitar, eating chocolate (dark chocolate, so it’s okay).
Those also allow me to practice presence, which helps me be better – a better runner, writer, and coach.
A better human experiencing life better.