One of my favorite mantras: Begin Again. So simple. So non-judgmental. Start something then stop? Begin again. No need to over think anything. Just begin again.
I have some athletic accomplishments in my history. But its been a while, like 2-3 years. And here is the thing with me, I am not a naturally fast runner or cyclist. I can become fast with hard work and consistency but I am not no-training-hop-off-the-couch-and-go fast. I truly have to work hard, and it’s painful. Painful in a good way when I am done with a hard workout, but it takes serious motivation to work that hard.
I bring this up because I have been feeling the call to physically work that hard again. To put myself through the ups and downs and resistance-surmounting required to achieve athletic goals. But, here is the thing, I have to start at the beginning. I have significant ground to cover and I am not any younger this time around.
Yesterday, I did my first speed workout (running) in a couple of years. I was so scared before I started that I was shaking. Which is RIDICULOUS, by the way. And I thought to myself, begin again. It is time. Begin again.
And that is the magic. It works for everything. Did you stop your mediation practice? Begin again. In the middle of meditation did you hop on a train of distracting thoughts and catch yourself? Let the thoughts go and begin again. Were you eating healthfully and lose track? Begin again. Has a relationship fallen away that you would like back in your life? Begin again.
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