The deep meaning of these words can be understood by reading the excellent book “The Nature of Personal Reality” by Seth/Jane Roberts. Jane Roberts was one of the most well-known psychics in the world and lived to channel the teachings of the ‘spirit’ Seth. Now, whether you choose to believe in that kind of ‘set-up’ or not, Im sure you’ll find this to be a book that can actually change your entire life almost overnight. I did for me ! You will find yourself loaded with encredible powers, insights and love after reading this ‘out-of-this-world’ book. The mental stuff you can extract from this book will surely also make you a better and stronger runner (or anything else) that you ever – until now – thought possible. The challenge is yours – you create your own reality !
What is spirituality ? Even after 35 years of thinking about it, I dont know. I can remember, quiete clearly, that I was questioning the meaning and purspose of life at the age of five ! I know that I have consumed large amounts of New Age litterature, philosophy books and psycology stuff since my early teens. Searching. These days I tend to believe that spirituality is now and that it is simple. That it is being present … with your loved ones, commited to a job, to your values, to your religion. That it is the wind whistling in the trees during a run, the smile on your childrens face, the sighs of your lover. That it is you being rooted and connected with the Earth and the earthly things. Dish your daily table with love – and be the best you can for yourself and others. That is spirituality – and not scary.
I have been a mountain hiker since the age of 4 and I climbed my first peak at age 5. Having spend more than 30 holidays in the Norwegian mountains typically walking 6-8 hours a day I believe I can be credited for some experience in the art of enduring long fatigues on the mind and body. But make no mistake: I love it ! Same thing goes about running, especially running longer distances like marathons…I think these activities can be seen as a kind of body spirituality which brings about thoughtfullness and contemplation. Like Spiderman sitting alone on the top of a skyscaber in New York, what is better than to sit on a mountain top and enjoying the quietness and the views of the landscape just explored….or when running a marathon and soaking up experiences and dealing with the important issues and thoughts in life ? The ability to endure these long-running activities and to slowly but steadily increment the forces of body and mind….is a true gift that any human should have. Wisdom may spring.
I’m getting excited about this years New Years Evening. But not because of the traditional fuss, funny hats and champagne…no, beacuse I’m going to attempt two marathons within 19 hours, first one in Copenhagen (Denmark) and then the New Years marathon in Zürich (Switerzerland) beginning at 24.00/00.00 hours. I guess it’s my first ultra race in a sense, at least that’s how I have chosen to think about it. I’m sure it’s going to be a success, or at least a very un-like evening !