As I come to the end of my marathon training (the marathon is only 15 days away!! Ah!) I am filled with an immense feeling of gratitude. More gratitude than I’ve ever experienced in my life. This process has stripped me down, but it has also built me up. And, as any long distance runner will attest, when you have hours upon hours upon hours to spend with yourself and your thoughts, your mind can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. Luckily, for me, I’ve really challenged myself to try to keep my thoughts as positive as possible. It’s truly been a transformational experience.
So, for this post, I offer you one of my favourite poems: The Guest House by Rumi. It makes me appreciate the connection between the mind, body, spirit, and purpose more and more every time I read it. This connection has been an essential part of my marathon training.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Days until the Marathon: 15