Food for thought. Keep your chin up!
For about a year now I have noticed when I run, I typically am looking down at the ground, daydreaming away.
About a year or more ago, I was feeling a bit more exhausted on one of my runs than usual. I was struggling but I didn’t want to stop. It was a gorgeous day here in Los Angeles and I was nice and sweaty. For some reason as I was trying to push through, I wiped some sweat off my face and looked up, wanting to feel the sun on my face and a little bit more breeze. Right at that moment I felt an immense surge of energy. I really did! I felt so alive! My music seemed louder and I could hear every instrument playing. The entire run I kept looking up at the crisp blue sky and started throwing my hands in the air to the beat of the music smiling my way to the finish.
I ran faster than I had at any moment that day finishing 3 and some miles like a lightning bolt. I felt incredible.
After that day I started trying out this new theory I had in my head.
That if I look up at the sky, or just keep my head and my chin up in general when I run, I would get a surge of energy and be able to finish my run just as powerfully as I did that day. My theory worked! So far I have tested this almost every single time I run. It is a challenge though because every single time I start, I forget I have this energy bolt in my back pocket. I forget all about it until I start getting tired. Then I all of a sudden remember to lift my head and keep my chin up, smile, and I start running faster than ever before on that certain run! It works every time.
So I started doing it everyday in general at moments where I feel down or frustrated. I catch myself when I am looking down and I notice that usually when I am, my mood isn’t all that great. Not that it’s always bad, but it’s never great at that moment when I catch my head down. I’ve practiced looking up, keeping my head up as often as I can. It makes me more aware and more grateful. Maybe just the act of looking up works because it has to do with a connection to God, the universe, the world and nature. It makes me feel so alive. It gives me more confidence no matter where I am. It brings me back to reality when I need it.
I wanted to write this because if it works for me I’m sure it can work for you! It’s a bit like meditation. I dare you to try it out! When you’re running, working out, at a conference, taking an exam, at an audition! I encourage everyone to lift their head and keep your chin up. If you catch yourself looking down at the floor most of the time, or down at your phone…remind yourself to lift that head, look up to the sky, or even the roof and notice the awareness that awakens in your body at that moment. It feels magical.
And as always tell me all about it!
It’s so easy to look down to the ground isn’t it? As if our heads are just so heavy they naturally fall, dragging our eyes down.
Ciao, los amo.