Just imagine you are taking on a Marathon challenge. Let’s call it “Fun Run of life”. Eagerly, You go to an educator or friend for fueling you for a marathon and get some opinion about it. He says you may have to run as much as atleast 26 miles (42 kilometers) for a marathon run. You feel nervous. It becomes a nightmare for You to compete in such an exhausting challenge because as a beginner, what lies ahead of you may seem so impractical.You come to know through history that the first marathoner died. Now, You are dreaded to death. But you are commited to it. What would you do to win the challenge?
So, let’s compare “The Marathon” with pursuing our dreams in life.
Basically there are three stages of alignment in life. The first one being the
How do you start a marathon run?
You start it bouncing with joy ! . Isn’t it ? You feel the breeze , the chirping of birds and the sunshine! .You loosen up and warm yourself up for the run!.You have set focus and You are all into it.
You take a look at the road, the Trees, the skies, the runners. More smiles. Less stressed. You don’t dwell on the pressures around you. You start running enthusiastically.
This is called the Orientation stage
Now slowly, the wall sets in. You begin to feel the pain and the pressure creeps in. You have lot of questions in your mind. Besides, people around you are quitting the challenge one by one. And you too feel like you have run out of fuel.
There is a shattering –stress and you feel you are too far to reach your goal in too short time. Stress becomes your status- quo now. Your stress leads to anger and Your anger again caused more stress.You will want to quit.
This state is called disorientation.
You would have heard about spatial disorientation in aircraft . Simply put, our inner-ear and our visual cue is oriented to our brain to give us a sense of balance. Once we lose sight of the horizon, the motion of the aircraft can cause our inner ears to falter and we then become “spatially disoriented” thinking that up is down or left is right. Our body is no different to it. Generally speaking ,We all balance ourselves through connections going from visual – internal ear operations and brain perceptions. Humans are designed to maintain spatial orientation on ground. This applies to our mind, body and spirit as well. Balance is the key. Staying oriented and focused requires living in harmony with your mind, body and spirit. It requires mindfulness.
The third stage of alignment is Reorientation.
With mindfulness, you will be able to access into a larger objective ,into purity in to the new resources .Not with what you had or where you started but with the resources ,you are unfamiliar with. You come to understand the transition from the cycle .
Now coming back to Marathon, you begin as a conscious runner, now you are experiencing difficulties in mind. Body is exhausted. Mind gets drained more than your body. Yet, You remain in balance. And your mind takes off slowly and your body develops an awareness.You start a fellowship with state of things all around , the situation ,possibilities and YOU. Eventually you pick up speed and go faster.It will be hard.Legs get hurt.But You will keep on.It will be worth it.And, You will Win. This stage is called the “Re orientation”. You find what you seek and life is just a harmony between mind, body and spirit.
I would like to conclude this with a story of a humanitarian ,his attempt to achieve an inspiring feat with an audacious vision to aid for a cause.
Terry Fox , a canadian athlete was diagnosed with cancer who later had to lose his leg to it . He was fond of basketball, but his life was filled with adversities. He was recruited to play wheel chair basketball. The cancer would nt cure and as a disabled person he was not allowed to smile, cry, laugh, whine , instead he was forced to become a supercrip who can show his outstanding human capacity.
Fox was determined and he decided to lead rest of his life to the pursuit of a goal. He challenged himself to run a marathon called “The Marathon of Hope” with an artifical leg. Fox sent a letter to the Canadian Cancer Society in which he announced his goal and appealed for funding. He stated that he would “conquer” his disability, and promised to complete his run, even if he had to “crawl every last mile”.
Explaining why he wanted to raise money for research, Fox described his personal experience of cancer treatment:
“I soon realized that that would only be half my quest, for as I went through the 16 months of the physically and emotionally draining ordeal of chemotherapy, I was rudely awakened by the feelings that surrounded and coursed through the cancer clinic. There were faces with the brave smiles, and the ones who had given up smiling. There were feelings of hopeful denial, and the feelings of despair. My quest would not be a selfish one. I could not leave knowing these faces and feelings would still exist, even though I would be set free from mine. Somewhere the hurting must stop….and I was determined to take myself to the limit for this cause.”
Fox was met with gale-force winds, heavy rain and a snowstorm. He continued his run inspite of his spreading disease, chest pain and worsening health conditions. He ran to complete 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi) in 143 days. He raised 23 million dollars for cancer research. Later in few months, he died . However, Fox made himself remarkable.. He is still rememered ,honoured and revered for his dream “The Marathon of hope” and he still stand tall in the minds of people.
It is also said that King David had reflected the three states of Orientation in-detail in his book of psalms in bible.
Thus, Life is all about balance. Take a bigger picture approach to thwart all the agents of failures such as stress and anxiety.
Stay happy and More happiness to follow.